I was born and raised in Indonesia on the island of Sumatra. While I did enjoy outdoor activities as a kid, I much preferred staying at home. I would usually play video games or watch TV, but there was this old keyboard that our family kept at our home that managed to draw my attention time and time again. I would sit in front of it for hours trying to figure out tunes I heard from movies or video games by ear. However, at that time playing an instrument was still considered a girl’s thing so no one really had in mind that I should take up music lessons to nurture my interest. It wasn’t until my parents and I moved into our own house that I finally received proper attention to my musical interests. Around middle school I got my very own piano and began receiving instructions from my mother and later on in high school I started taking private lessons.
In 2006 I came to the United States to pursue a degree in music at Wayne State University. In the beginning I was focused on studying the piano to the point that I participated in and won Wayne State’s annual concerto competition in 2007. The feeling of performing on a big auditorium with a whole orchestra was nothing short of sublime. But then I grew more interested in the music I was playing and how they came to be. I started writing my own music and arranged my own concerts to play with my friends at the music school. Soon I was on the path of a composer and I end up graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Theory/Composition.
Currently I am still actively writing music and playing piano. I once took time off from school and went back to Indonesia to teach at a music school. It was then that I saw teaching is a great opportunity for me not only to pass on the joy of music, but also to stay in touch with other musicians and at the same time keep my musical knowledge in shape. After I came back to the States, I took up some private students until one of my professors referred me to Expressions Music Academy. I believe having an environment conducive to learning music is essential and I think EMA is perfect for that. Soon I was taken on board by Jessica and thanks to her a new adventure is waiting for me. I look forward to share the fun along the way with everyone at Expressions!