Dr. Christina Tio

Suzuki Piano Faculty
Program Area: 
Suzuki Education
Group Lessons
Chamber Music
Private Instruction
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

Christina attended the Birmingham Conservatoire in the United Kingdom to study piano where she earned her Performing Diploma, and her Teaching Diploma. She also earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Central England. After this, she went on to complete her Master's Degree in Piano Performance at the University of Reading. Later, she began her musicological research on a scholarship and completed her PhD in Musicology at the University of South Hampton.

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Dr. Tio has accomplished many things over the years and has many outstanding achievements. Some of the instructors that helped her to reach this potential were: Frank Wibaut, Malcolm Wilson, Peter Donohoe, Anne Queffelec, Renna Kallaway and Venessa Latarche

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

Each student is a unique individual. Some students plan to make music a lifelong vocation, while others take piano lessons for pure enjoyment. My primary goal is to connect with each student's motivation on a personal level, and to tailor the lessons to meet each student's individual needs.


I am a great believer in the Suzuki approach of music learning. Based on Suzuki's "mother language" philosophy, very young children learn to play the piano through their senses after listening to recordings and observing how other children learn. A cooperative relationship between teacher, parent and student is essential for a successful learning process. A parent is expected to be present at the child's lesson and receive training as a practice partner to the child. As a result, Suzuki parents and children are often known to build strong parent-child bonds which would be treasured for a lifetime.

Awards and achievements: 

One of Christina's biggest achievements over the years was being a regular artist for Birmingham Conservatoire Concert Series as soloist and accompanist, and was the winner of the prestigious BMI Piano competition. Christina also achieved recognition in the music education world, as she obtained certifications as a Suzuki Piano Teacher with Doris Koppelman and Rita Hauck.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Several of her professional affiliations include her relationship with several major colleges and universities. Dr. Tio conducted seminars as a guest lecturer in Kuala Lumpur- such as the University of Malaya, the National Arts Academy, and Sedaya International University College and the Malaysian Institute of Arts. She taught applied piano, courses in music history/theory, and supervised graduate and undergraduate degree projects. Christina was also inducted into the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Interests outside of music: 

Home decorating and interior design