Music for Young Children has just completed its 29th International Composition Festival with 7,095 MYC students taking part in Canada, the U.S., Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam.  Compositions are judged within their level in four different regions – Western Canada (BC, AB, SK, MB), Eastern Canada (ON, PQ, NS, NB, PEI, NF), United States, Asia & New Zealand (South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam).  The eight first place (eight different age levels) International winners each receive $250.

Frances Balodis, MYC Composition Chairperson and founder of Music for Young Children said “The titles this year were varied. Titles (and the compositions) all revealed things and people in which the students' are interested ... kitty cats, Grandpa, rain, sparkles, sunshine, dolphins, girlfriends, sailing, Christmas, spring, dancing, hockey, baby brother, picnic, wizards and ice cream. These titles show plenty of enthusiasm and energy, just as their compositions sounded. Titles help the reviewers understand the students' mood and intention when they played the composition.”

Approximately 1,000 students sent in their artwork for the Composition Festival sticker and student Nikki Teh Ying Shan's artwork was chosen.  Nikki is in Moonbeams 3 and a student of Lynn Koh Woan Ling in Singapore.  Kanata artist Dorothy Hayter enjoys the job of choosing the art for the composition sticker every year.

Roland Canada sponsors the Music for Young Children Composition Festival and provided five F-20-DW pianos. Roland truly demonstrates a dedication to music education through their fine instruments and through their support of this composition festival.

In business for 36 years, Music for Young Children is taught to 24,000 students annually across Canada, the United States, New Zealand, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia.

For more information phone 800-561-1692 or visit

Janice Reade, Public Relations in Ottawa 613-592-7565.

Images and recordings of our International winners will be posted soon!  We greatly appreciate and recognize our primary sponsor Roland Canada.