Chian Rui Yi (Lois) graduated with a master’s degree from Kodály Institute, Kecskemét in 2012 with the focus on Kodály music pedagogy. The two years of study in Hungary widened her perspective towards music education and deepened her desire to carry the idea of Kodály concept into the music education scene in Malaysia after the pioneering act of Susanna Saw, the founder of Young Choral Academy, who brought in the first Kodály seminar in year 2009.
Rui Yi believes in a child-centered approach as there is not one method which fits all. And she is passionately practicing this belief in the classes she is teaching. She’s currently a music teacher and music syllabus developer in Dwi Emas International School, and she also conducts several choirs from government schools. She has been conducting musicianship workshops, group classes, and individual classes to improve the aural aspect of music teachers; as she believes that a good musician is one with good pair of ears.
As a music educator, she has attended different music workshops and seminars to explore in different teaching methods including the 1st Asia Kodály Symposium for Music and Choral Educators, Dalcroze workshop, 4th Asia Suzuki conference, International Conference on Music Pedagogy and other workshops on contemporary music and teaching methods. She was also one of the organizing committee and co-presenter of the 24th International Kodaly Symposium which was held in Kuching, Sarawak.