Regina Tanujaya started her career as an educator both in the United States and in Indonesia. Ms. Tanujaya earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Kansas, received Master of Music degree in Chamber Music and Piano Performance from the University of Michigan, and is currently pursuing Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is currently working on her research and developing beginner piano method books.
Ms. Tanujaya was invited to be a guest lecturer for the International Baccalaureate music program at Cita Hati Senior High School, Indonesia in 2018. She was an educator at Galaxy Music House in Surabaya, Indonesia in 2007-2011. In 2015, she gave public piano masterclasses at the Lawrence Public Library in Lawrence, Kansas. She taught piano lessons at School for the Arts at the Commons in Brighton, Michigan in 2015-2017. In 2020, she was invited to give lectures and masterclasses at the Illumine Star Academy Online Summer Camp, Toronto, Canada. Ms. Tanujaya is currently teaching at the Barstow School in Kansas City, Missouri and Lawrence Piano Studio, Kansas, USA. She is also the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Online Piano Camp. She continues to give masterclasses when she goes back to Indonesia and one of her dreams is to do outreach projects in bringing music education to underprivileged populations in Indonesia.
Her students have entered different international examinations (ABRSM, Yamaha, AMEB, ANZCA) and won national and international competitions in Indonesia and Singapore. She has certifications in numerous music examinations including a Diploma from ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal School) examinations and obtained a teaching level certification at Yamaha Music School.
Teaching is one of the greatest honors I could ever experience because to be able to teach, students need to put their trust and respect in me. Therefore, I promised myself to always show respect to all my students. I strongly believe that teacher’s attitude plays a significant role in increasing and maintaining student’s motivation and passion for learning music.
In teaching beginners and young students, I believe that learning to play the piano is a life-long process. Just like building a house, stronger foundation is needed to build taller buildings. To play the piano, a good basic knowledge of music and training is required. Learning piano, unlike other instruments, teach children rhythm, pitch, harmony, and coordination at the same time. Furthermore, according to researches, most children with music training do better in school than their peers. In my own experience, learning to play music helps to improve other life skills such as problem solving, analyzing, computing, organizing, and memorizing. I believe that musical training is necessary for children to improve their ability in other life skills. That being said, I also believe that music is beautiful and fun! Playing piano is also an activity to express our emotion and connect with people. My goal is to help students to achieve their best potential and I am fully aware that every student has different needs. All of my private lessons will be adjusted to what every student need.
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