Jodie Friesen loves sharing the joys of discovering music with young children and their families, and it shows (even after over 25 years in the Toronto Beach & Leslieville areas)! She is a Master “Orff” teacher, and a graduate of the Royal Conservatory’s “Music for Young Children” program, where she also studied Kodaly and Dalcroze pedagogy. Jodie taught music for the RCM’s “Learning through the Arts” program, as well as Williamson Road, Gledhill, Chine Drive, and Earl Beatty Public Schools, and the Young Children’s Creative Movement & Music Classes.
Originally a folk singer in the Maritimes, Ms. Friesen graduated with a scholarship from the Musical Theatre program at Sheridan College in Oakville, and went on to perform in almost 100 Theatres across Canada, incl. the Royal Alex, Young People’s Theatre, the Dream in High Park, the National Arts Centre, Centaur Theatre and the Charlottetown Festival. She was nominated for an ACTRA award for her performance in “Singin’ & Dancin’ Tonight”.
Jodie is currently studying percussion with Altaf Bwana Moto at Soul Drums. She is the proud mother of 2 driving age children.