Our Teachers

Inspiring and Cultivating Students' Potentials

Our incredible team is truly the heart of Irama Music Studio. It’s their dedication, passion and talent that keeps students invested in the learning process. Take a look below to learn more about the team.

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DR. Christine Utomo

Growing up as a student at Irama Music Studio, spent almost a decade in the US to further music study and now back here as the Artistic Director in 2008, I have had the privilege to explore, collaborate, and curate new programs and events: such as Associazione Musicale Amadeus that brought in international artists and performances in Medan; as well as starting licensing with Kindermusik International program and adopting the Suzuki Violin Method; and having selected artists and students to perform at themed concerts, such as "Carnival of the Animals," "Peter and the Wolf, " "Barbar the Elephant," etc. Currently during the COVID-19 pandemic, I am beyond excited to be able to work with my team of dedicated teachers to host weekly Beethoven seminars on Zoom, which has attracted various International artists and professors. 

My goal in teaching is to inspire the mind and heart, and certainly to train fundamental physical strength, especially the ears, fingers, and our body muscles. My hope is that students keep developing curiosity, and certainly skills, critical thinking and understanding of the musical notation in search of the best interpretation that is closest to the composer's original intentions.

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Sebastian Suhardi

An Indonesian pianist, Sebastian Suhardi received his Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy (teaching practice) from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (UK) with Distinction. He was awarded MMUS P&P Course Prize for graduating with the highest mark in the Conservatoire and also a recipient of Denis Matthews Memorial Trust Award. He was awarded Silver Prize in the Asia Piano Competition 2013 and becomes Licentiate from Trinity College London. He has performed in the UK, Indonesia, and Malaysia. In 2019, Sebastian was invited to be one of the presenters on UCSI University Piano Pedagogy Conference in Malaysia; giving a seminar about ‘Memorization Techniques’. His primary teachers include Mark Bebbington, Anthony Hewitt, and Yong Sue Yi. He has participated in masterclasses from Pascal Nemirovski, Howard Shelley, Ian Jones, Ng Chong Lim and many more. Sebastian is very passionate in music education, ‘Teaching holistically’ is his teaching philosophy. Many of his students have won awards and been admitted to top universities the UK, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia. He is now a full-time dedicated music educator based in Medan, Indonesia.

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Sophie Anggara

Born and raised in Medan, I pursued my Bachelor degree majoring in Classical Piano at UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia under tutelage of Asst. Prof. Dr. Joyce Wang Chiao Su with partial grant scholarship from UCSI Trust. I also took Contemporary Piano as my minor instrument under Mr Adrian Hin Ee Jeng.


During my studies, I was an active participant in joining several competition, workshop, seminars, and masterclasses and exposed to many kinds of music styles & technique as well as musician's well-being. Apart from that, I was given opportunity mentoring students in Aural Skills such as drilling basic hearing skills, giving practice tips and dictation. My interest in other academic subjects also led me to take part as a mentor for Malaysian Music subject. From all those teaching experiences, I truly believe that practical skills, theoretical skills, and hearing skills should be connected altogether without having a gap in between.

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Cassandra Lim

Ever since I graduated, I am a passionate and enthusiastic teacher. My burning passion for music fires ever since I was little made me committed to deepens my music journey to higher education. I earned her Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance (Classical) under the tutelage of Assistant Professor Ysan Suit Yin.

During my study, I was drilled; trained and polished in many aspects of music to acquired significant knowledge as a musician. Apart from playing the piano, I enjoys playing in an ensemble as well. I joined UCSI University Orchestra for 2 years as a violist under the baton of Cheryl Mah Ying Chiau. I was privilege to also participated in various Charity Concert held by UCSI University Orchestra in Penang and Kuala Lumpur. In completion of her Bachelor degree, she interned in Malaysia as a Kindermusik teacher assistant.
Starting from the beginning of 2020, I am a part of IMS team teaching Music for Young Children, Solfeggio and Piano classes.

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Valencia Tjokro

I am a certified ABRSM Classical Piano and Theory Teacher under three honorable teachers. Growing up in Jakarta, I am guided under both classical and pop piano teacher and had participated in many concerts. 

I returned to Medan and continued my passion for classical music, then started teaching children when I was still in high school. My familiarity to children gives me both courage and confidence to start teaching Music for Young Children. Apart from classical piano, I also enjoy composing songs for some religion activities sometimes. 

I encourage students be active and to express what they feel through music. I do hope that, under a fun and motivating guidance, students can see the beauty in music while also developing necessary skills.

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Novriansyah

I am a passionate teacher and violinist, I have taught many young students using the Suzuki method. Since joining the IMS faculty in 2019,  I have been participating in various Suzuki Teacher Training Program and has worked intensively with Dr. Lan Ku Chen and Hoei Tsu Chen. I earned my Bachelor of Music in Music Education from ISI Jogjakarta.

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Sylvia Wiryadi

I am an Indonesia Soprano with a light and lyrical voice. After graduating from Vocal Music Teaching at Musikhochschule Karlsruhe,I continued my opera studies (solis teater musik) at Musikhochschule Saar. I was recruitet as a full time opera singer in a few opera house in German and performed Dornroeschen (Humperdinck), Theone (Hoffman, at the world premiere dunia in Erfurt 2012), Pamina, Queen of the night, First Lady (Mozart), dan many more.

Coming back to my homeland, I am an active classical singer and teaches at Gloriamus Music School up to this moment 

On 2017, I formed Vokalogie - music school and music teheater at Pantai Indah Kapuk. Many of my student have successfully achieved awards both in national or international competitions as well as scholarships for further studies. 

On 2018, Vokalogie performaned the opera of Humperdinck - Hansel and Gretel In German text at Jakarta and Bandung together with Bandung Philharmonic.

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Michael Panggabean

Born and raised in Medan, Indonesia, Michael has a bachelor's degree from S-1 Univ. HKBP Nommensen Art Department and S-2 from USU Department of Arts Studies.
His musical journey has a Grade 8 Trinity certificate, have a Yamaha Grade 5 Guru certificate, have ANZCA Grade 5 certificate , have a Music Profession certificate from the UTAMA Level National Body for Professional Certification. For current work background at Classical Guitar Lecturer at Univ. HKBP Nommensen since 2006-present, Lecturer in Classical Guitar at USU's Ethnomusicology since 2007-present. Classical Guitar Teacher in the Age of Music, Classical Guitar Teacher at the Sumatra Conservatoire.