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.
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