At the University of Melbourne Frances finished a B.A. in history and art while playing viola in the Australian Youth Orchestra and at National Music camps. She then studied viola with Robert Pikler at the Sydney Conservatorium, followed by Paul O’Brien, Marco van Pagee and Janet Mason at the Victorian College of the Arts. Suzuki and Kodaly method studies and a Diploma of Education developed her interest in music education. Most recently Frances taught violin and viola at Castlemaine Secondary College for the past six years, where she enjoyed directing ensembles and teaching VCE. From 2018 she now concentrates on teaching Suzuki method violin in her home studio in Castlemaine.