Frances Mae Balodis is founder (in 1980) of Music for Young Children® and cofounder of CLU™. As a Registered Music Teacher, Frances received the Hugheen Ferguson Distinguished Teacher award in Regina SK in July 2011. She was nominated (in 2011) and was a finalist for the Louis Applebaum Composer Award. A certified Neurolinguistic Programmer (NLP) and an Accredited DISC Training provider, as well as teacher with over 50 years experience, Frances is a sought-after speaker at conferences and is a welcome workshop clinician, adjudicator and examiner.
She delights in helping people of all ages and places understand their learning styles. Frances is the Chairperson for the Music for Young Children Composition Festival. Frances directed a young children’s choir Bullfrogs and Butterflies (B&B) choir since 1982. Frances is an active composer of children’s piano and vocal music. Frances has adjudicated at many Festivals including London Kiwanis, Renfrew Rotary, Orillia Lions, North Bay, Niagara, Collingwood, and Peterborough. In 2014 she was the Contemporary Showcase clinician in Parry Sound. She also enjoys being a Conservatory Canada examiner.
Frances lives in Ullswater, Muskoka, ON. She is organist at St. Thomas Anglican church in Ullswater, ON. Frances plays handbells in the Bells- A- Pealing bell choir in Bracebridge. She was the pit-orchestra-accompanist for the Rotary presentation (7 performances) of My Fair Lady in February 2014 in the Rene Caisse theatre in Bracebridge, ON. Frances also accompanied opera singers in the Opera festival in Bracebridge. In November 2014 Frances played the Suite in G major by Handel on her Roland Digital Harpsichord for a CFUW Kanata Fund Raiser. In December 2014 Frances played the entire United Church Hymnal for a fund raiser for Cookstown United Church.
Frances teaches adult students in her home in Ullswater and also in adult students’ homes in Bracebridge. She also teaches children piano and theory.
1204 Ed Briese Rd.,
RR#1 Utterson, ON P0B 1M0
Home and fax: 1-705-769-3449