Ballantine received his education in Harvard, and over time of research in Berlin returned towards the University like a teacher of music. His compositions are tonal and in a post-Romantic design, and he frequently includes humour and satire in his function. One of is own best known functions is a couple of variants for piano around the theme of =Mary Experienced JUST A LITTLE Lamb=. With this piece, each variance is in the way of the different composer. He also published chamber, vocal and stage functions.