Christina Totton

Christina T.

Gloucester, VA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I studied viola with a myriad of amazing teachers that really cared about my future.

I have taken many pedagogy classes in college and after.

I LOVE the Suzuki method because it introduces not just technique but how to "make" music. Such as phrasing and dynamics.

I just moved back from Japan after teaching there for 4 years.

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Christina delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Hello Potential Students,

I am a disabled veteran, military spouse, mother of three children and nature enthusiast.

I studied viola at Boise State University and Psychology at The University of Idaho. I perform regularly with 3 symphonies in the Southeast Virginia area and run a farm.
I mostly teach the Suzuki Method for stringed instruments. I am very flexible, fun, empathic and straightforward.


Aug 2019 - Present
Gloucester Court House Community Orchestra

Aug 2019 - Present
York River Symphony Orchestra

I am a section violist.

Violin Teacher
Nov 2015 - Present
String Bean Music Studio

Owner and teacher at a music studio in VA. I teach suzuki violin, viola and cello. I also teach voice lessons and beginner piano to those students.

Substitute Violin Teacher
Aug 2016 - Dec 2016
Idaho Rhythm School of Music and Dance

I taught violin and cello for a teacher that was on maternity leave.

Alto - Chorus
Aug 2012 - Nov 2015
Opera Idaho

I sang the chorus parts for various operas being performed.

Sep 2011 - May 2013
Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale

This group performed master works with the Boise Philharmonic.

Sales Representative and Violin teacher
Jul 2003 - Aug 2007
Elderly Instruments

I worked for a musical instrument shop. We sold stringed family instruments and their accessories. I learned some violin lutherie and how to appraise violin family instruments.
On my off time, I taught violin and viola lessons.

Violin Teacher
Aug 2001 - May 2003
Martin's Violin Shop

I taught all of the beginner violin students for the studio.


Bachelor of Science - Psychology
Jan 2017 - Jan 2019
University of Idaho
Bachelor of Arts
Aug 2008 - Dec 2013
Boise State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Music Teachers National Association
Jul 2019

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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My audition to go to Suzuki Teacher School!
This is the orchestra I started in Okinawa, Japan. The Okinawa Youth String Group.


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