Jelia Megawati Heru, M.Mus.Edu.
Music Educator, Lecturer, Music Advisor, and Pianist

Jelia Megawati Heru started learning the piano at the age of 5. She continued learning Classical Piano with different music teachers in Jakarta, such as: Helen Gumanti, BA (USA) and Angelita Chandra, M.Mus. (Belgia)

In 2001, studied piano with Jongky Goei, Master of Performing Arts, Chairman and Stage Art Manager of Marcia Haydée Ballet in Stuttgart, Germany.  

Then in 2002, she started her study in Music Education for Instrument (Instrumental Pädagogik) at Fachhochschule Osnabrück Konservatorium, Institut für Musikpädagogik – Germany, majoring in Classical Piano with Prof. Ljuba Dimowa-Florian, minor Vocal with Torsten Meyer, Dipl. Mus. (Hochschule für Musik u. Theater Hannover, Germany) and  Jazz Piano with Prof. Wolfgang Mechsner (Hochschule Vechta & Münster, Germany.)  

During her study in Germany, besides actively performing and teaching music, Jelia attended many seminars and forum, such as: Forum Musikpädagogik I with Prof. Dr. Hans Günther Sebastian (Frankfurt am Main University); studied Solmisation Technique and Kodàly Technique from Prof. Dr. Malte Heygster (conductor of symphony orchestra Recklinghausen & Bielefeld, head master of Bielefeld music school, chapel master of chamber orchestra Köln and also an author for “Hand Book of Relative Solmisation” – Schott.) 

 Performing John Cage's Prepared Piano "Mysterious Adventure"
Music for the Dance by Merce Cunningham 
with Aryani Kriegenburg-Willems, Germany (2005)

She became an active participant in various chamber music and master class in Germany and other countries, such as: Chamber Music - Prof.  Gerard Chenuet (Nantes, France), Conducting for Ensemble and Choir - Prof. Folker Schramm (UDK, Berlin), Contemporary Music – Prof. Irmgard Brockmann (Osnabrück, Germany), Choir Studio, Chamber Choir, Acapella and Arrangement – Prof. Michael Schmoll (Dean of FH. Osnabrück Konservatorium, lecturer, composer and conductor.)

Then she received her Master Degree in Music Education (as Master of Music Education – Dipl. Mus. Pedägogin) in 2005 from FH. Osnabrück Konservatorium with cum laude. In the same year, became an active performer for “Benefit Concert Tour for Aceh” in Hannover, Münster and Braunschweig - Germany.  

Jazz Quartett Combo "Benefit Concert for Aceh" Hannover, Germany (2005)
Jelia M.Heru (piano) - Regina Barthel (saxophone)
Alexej (E-Guitar) - Markus Willems (Drums)

In 2006 Jelia went back for good to her homeland Indonesia, was a keynote speaker in Universitas Negeri Jakarta (UNJ, Rawamangun) for Comparison Study of Education System in Indonesia, active as an educator in Deutsche Internationale Schule (DIS – German School, BSD Tangerang) and joined Institut Musik Daya Indonesia since then as lecturer for subjects, such as: Music Education, Music History, History of Music Instruments, Ear Training, Music Theory and Major Piano.  

Graduation Recital of Julian Abraham Marantika 
@ Institut Musik Daya Indonesia

In 2007, she was a Dean of Institut Musik Daya Indonesia (IMDI) and Faculty of Music Pedagogy & Head of Piano Department. 

In 2008, She's a member of the National Music Ministry of National Education Consortium, which is tasked to develop music education curriculum for music schools in Indonesia. In cooperation with Tjut Nyak Deviana Daudsjah designed and developed Curriculum of National Standarization for Music School in Indonesia (validation by the Federal Government of National Education, known as DEPDIKNAS.  

Basic Music Theory (for all instruments) 
by Jelia Megawati Heru

In 2009, to contribute for the development of music education in Indonesia, she wrote books in cooperation with DEPDIKNAS “Piano Teaching’s Guide: Note-Reading and Piano for Beginner” and “Basic Music Theory (for all Instruments)” as guideline books for general music course in Indonesia. Read more about the book: HERE

Now she is active as a music educator and academic advisor/consultant in various music schools - for updating & upgrading music school curriculum standard, conducting workshops to build & develop music teachers competencies, and conduct teacher’s concert (chamber music and piano ensembles.)

Also active as seminator and keynote speaker in various cities in Indonesia - Universitas Negeri Jakarta, Tegal Council of Arts, Sinfonia Music Bandung, First Media Design School of Indonesia, Amazing Music Jogja Festival, and many more... She received special honors and appreciation from Tegal Council of Arts and Department of National Education, Central Java in 2012 for her contribution in giving seminar for public school music teachers.  

Uncut Seminar @ First Media Design School of Indonesia
Read more: HERE

She also became music tutor for Shining Stars Enrichment Center in Tegal, Central Java - directed by Michael Gunadi Widjaja and upgrade the quality of the students, so they could received the international music certificates of ABRSM (The Associated Board of the Royal School of Music) in Jakarta.  Read more: HERE

Photo courtesy of: Umang Belik

Performer in collaboration for music education’s sake, director of piano ensembles projects „Golden Fingers“ She created event that showcased the young teachers that she developed to participated in her music program. The Golden Fingers is not just an usual piano ensembles group, but a pilot project to implement the concept of  “Music from Passion.” Jelia believes that the piano ensemble is not only about playing piano together, but it is an actual effort to liven up the music. “Golden Fingers Piano Ensembles” was invited by the Tegal Council of Arts on March 4th, 2012 at Taman Budaya Tegal, Central Java – as the soft opening for the most representative cultural arena theater of the city with capacity of 1000 seats, professional lighting, and stage. 

Read Golden Fingers Piano Ensembles Reportage by Michael Gunadi Widjaja
on Kawai Newsletter No. 29, 2012 (distributed all over the world): HERE

Writer for STACCATO - the first classical music magazine in Indonesia, and her blogs ( & – to shares thoughts and point of view about actualization & the importance of music education to teachers, practitioners, musicians, music lovers, students, and parents; so people could appreciate music more, feel the enjoyment of music, and get inspired by the power of music… “Music from Passion & Music for Life.”  



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