Sunday, March 31, 2013



As every child knows, if you say the word loudly enough, you'll always sound precocious.
Few neologisms have become so ingrained in the language and elicit such affection.

It was introduced into the Mary Poppins story by American composers Robert and Richard Sherman when they adapted the PL Travers book for the big screen.

In the 1964 musical film, starring Julie Andrews, the nanny with magical powers wins an unorthodox race - on merry-go-round horses - and is surrounded by reporters who say she must be lost for words. 

"It's something to say when you don't know what to say,"  
says one of the two children, Jane. 

So in the film, the word has no meaning, 
although it acts as a powerful keepsake from the children's magical adventure.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

"The Married Life" (OST. Pixar's UP)


"The Married Life" is undoubtedly one of the most powerful scenes in the movie Pixar's UP. These are real life issues that are being addressed in this film. They tug at your heartstrings and in the same instance this is very much a film that can be appreciated by all ages. 

It's among the most memorable -- and moving -- sequences in Pixar's new animated movie "Up": a four-minute, dialogue-free montage early in the film that traces the entire relationship between Carl Fredricksen and his wife, Ellie

In encapsulating the couple's life together, the flashback sequence -- which Times film critic Kenneth Turan called "a small gem that will stay with you for a lifetime" -- includes a few issues rarely raised in a movie aimed at families, including a miscarriage, the failing health of the elderly, even death and bereavement. 

Watch out to not see it in 3D! TOTALLY ruined the 3D effect, as you will suddenly have tears trapped in TWO sets of glasses. That montage alone is one of the most heartwarming scenes ever made and because of it, this movies deserves not just best animated film, but best picture, best original screenplay, best original score. That element really made it hit, how quickly life passes by. 

watch the scene:

Saturday, March 16, 2013



“If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not you’ll find an excuse.” 

“I am too busy; my schedule doesn't allow time for me to practice.” 

I know that some of my students do have pretty crazy schedules, but I wonder if our fast-paced culture has conditioned kids to think that they’re too busy to do things that they really could fit into their day if it was important enough… In going above and beyond the call as a teacher to keep piano lessons fun and engaging, I wonder if we sometimes forget to tell students the reality: 
  • Sometimes daily practice will be hard. 
  • Sometimes you will fall short of what you want to achieve. 
  • Sometimes practicing will not be fun. 
  • Sometimes you will feel like quitting. 
  • Sometimes you will wonder why you are learning to play the piano. 
This is normal. It’s okay to feel these things. But you must press on. 
You must be diligent to practice every day. 
You must put your whole heart into doing the best you can. 
Because it will be worth it. It is worth it!

Is your student practicing enough? 
See this Table of Practice Times
1 x 60-minute Practice per Week = 2 Months Progress in 12 Months 
1 x 30-minute Practice per Day = 6 Months Progress in 12 Months 
1 x 45-minute Practice per Day = 12 Months Progress in 12 Months 
1 x 60-minute Practice per Day = 15 Months Progress in 12 Months 
1 x 90-minute Practice per Day = 24 Months Progress in 12 Months 
2 Hours Practice per Day = 36 Months Progress in 12 Months

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

"10 IDE KREATIF KELAS MUSIK" - Artikel Staccato Maret 2013

Artikel Majalah STACCATO (Maret 2013)
Oleh: Jelia Megawati Heru

Pelajaran musik terasa membosankan dan monoton bagi anak dan guru?
Kesulitan mengajarkan murid tentang interval, chords, key signatures, membaca notasi balok, dan terminologi dalam bahasa asing? Not anymore!
Spice up your music lesson with these fresh creative ideas!


Flash card merupakan satu seri kartu yang berisi informasi, formula, tema tertentu, berupa kata-kata, angka, simbol, dan merupakan media/alat bantu yang sangat berguna dalam mengasah kemampuan belajar, baik di dalam kelas maupun di rumah. Umumnya subjek/tema yang dipelajari bentuknya berupa tanya-jawab dan diperuntukkan untuk mengaktifkan memori jangka panjang melalui pengulangan (repetition), sehingga proses belajar menjadi lebih efektif dan relatif cepat, dibandingkan metode belajar tradisional pada umumnya. Kartu flash biasanya memiliki dua sisi (two-sided), seperti kamus bahasa Indonesia-Inggris.

Kartu flash sangat berguna dalam mengajarkan musik teori dan menguji sejauh apa murid Anda memahami konsep musikal yang diajarkan. Anda bisa berlatih membaca notasi balok pada treble clef, bass clef, bahkan alto clef, dan tenor clef pada satu sisi kartu, dan jawabannya terdapat pada sisi kartu yang lain. Beberapa alternatif ide kartu flash lain: key signatures, interval, tanda istirahat, terminologi musik, tanda dinamika. Gunakan bentuk gambar yang menarik pada kertas berwarna. Apabila Anda mempunyai dua set kartu, Anda bisa membuat permainan memori dengan mencari pasangan yang sama pada kartu (hanya berlaku pada kartu flash satu sisi).

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Profile Performer "Disney Pianolicious"


music educator, lecturer, pianist, and writer
to see profile, please click HERE

composer, writer, and music worker

Begin to recognize the piano at age 5 through the guidance of his mother, Marta Suryani Tanjung. At the age 9 started to learn the classical guitar. His passion of music makes him learn music theory, compositorical study, contrapuntal and orchestration under guidance of Slamet Abdul Sjukur. Studied Jazz, Jazz orchestration and improvisation technique under guidance of Jack Lesmana. He gets scholarship in Perth Conservatory, Australia (1989 – 1991) to study New Music and contemporary music landscape with Prof. Dr. Heinz Holliger and attends masterclass of John Williams.

Michael Gunadi Widjaja represents Indonesia at The Asian Composer League in New Zealand for his composition “Processual Procession” for chamber orchestra and gamelan orchestra (1999) and in Manila, Philippines “Reb” for guitar and chamber orchestra (2002). He makes a collaboration CD of mixed culture dialogue between Music and poem featuring Sosiawan Leak, Indonesian poem writer. The CD is collected by deutsche indonesische Gesellschaft Berlin, Germany (2011).

He composes the choreographical music for Dance Department of ISI (Institut Seni Indonesia) Yogyakarta for 5 years (1997-2002), composes music documentaries especially for local government projects. Establish The Shining Star Enrichment Center - the one and only music learning centre in Tegal, Central Java.

In 2004 – 2012 he was the head of music department in City Art Council of Tegal. 
In 2008 – 2012 he was also a member of Performance Department in Province Art Council of Central Java. 

Currently he is the chairman of creativity, music, traditional art and art development in City Art Council of Tegal. Since 1998 until now, he still becomes one of the contributor and writer in AUDIOPRO magazine. Since this year becomes one of the writer of STACCATO music magazine for Jazz rubric and share his musical ideas through his blog:

Friday, March 1, 2013


A Music Concert
tribute to Walt Disney

"There's a terrific power to music.
You can run any of these pictures and they'd be dragging and boring.
But the minute you put music behind them, they have life and vitality."
- Walt Disney -

Directed by: 

American Cultural Center
Pacific Place, 3rd Floor
Sunday, 19th May 2013
3 pm - 5 pm

the most beautiful Disney movie soundtracks and shorts film
such as: Beauty and Beast, the Little Mermaid, Lion King, Mulan, Aladdin, Up, Tangled,
Mary Poppins, Paperman, Pixar's movie, the Pirates of the Caribbean, 
 and many more...

in all form of Solo & Piano Ensembles, Guitar, Vocals, and Male Acapella
with the world's first high tech American Cultural Center in Jakarta

 Students from Jelia's Music Playground
Michael Gunadi Widjaja (guitar)
Mery Kasiman (piano)
Nathanael Ahimsa (bass)
Male Acapella "Nathan & friends" 

Further Information
 Michael 0818 288 006, pin: 288A49F3

Read more about Walt Disney and his legacy:
Google Maps click HERE

WALT DISNEY: Revolutionizing the World of Animation (part 2) "The Magical Music"


"There's a terrific power to music. 
You can run any of these pictures and they'd be dragging and boring,
but the minute you put music behind them, they have life and vitality.
they don't get any other way"
- Walt Disney -

Walt Disney didn't read or write music. In fact, he never even played an instrument. And yet. his influence upon music was, and continues to be, so profound that the great American composer Jerome Kern was moved to say, "Disney has made use of music as language. In the synchronization of humorous episodes with humorous music, he has unquestionably given us the outstanding contribution of our time."

Still, the question remains:
"If Walt didn't write any songs or compose any scores, 
how could he have had such a deep and lasting impact on music?"

The answer, simple enough, is the same way in which he had such a profound effect upon animation without so much as drawing even one mouse or dwarf.

Walt was the mover and shaker, the man of vision who gathered around him some of the most talented writers, artists, composers, and musicians, who bought into his dreams and schemes and made them happen, all under his watchful eye.