Instructor bios


Janet Miller

Philadelphia Suzuki Piano Academy founder and teacher Janet Miller studied oboe at The Curtis Institute of Music, where she received her Bachelor of Music degree. She holds a Master's degree in sacred music/organ from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, where for eleven years she was the organist at the Nassau Presbyterian Church. She spent one year in Weimar, Germany studying organ improvisation at the Hochschule für Musik "Franz Liszt", earning a Diploma from that conservatory. Ms. Miller successfully completed the Music Together® Teaching Workshop developed by the Center for Music and Young Children, Princeton, New Jersey. In addition, she continues to study the Suzuki Piano method (a lifelong pursuit) with a variety of teachers in the Philadelphia area as well as Suzuki master teachers from around the country and the world, including teachers from Dr. Shinichi Suzuki's original Talent Education Program in Matsumoto, Japan. In addition to teaching and keeping the Piano Academy humming along, she enjoys playing the organ and directing the choirs at Christ Church Ridley Park.


Stephanie Hasselbach

Growing up in an environment enriched with love for classical music, Suzuki Piano Teacher Stephanie studied piano as a young girl with her grandfather, concert pianist Werner Langguth, in Wertheim, Germany. Inspired by the musical artistry in her family, Stephanie studied traditional piano for 8 years. With the encouragement of her piano teacher, she began to study the Suzuki Piano Method in 2006. Stephanie completed teacher training apprenticeship courses taught by Joan Krzywicki and is a registered teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She continues to attend many collaborative workshops and research groups with other Suzuki piano teachers to enhance her teaching technique, including workshops led by teachers from Dr. Shinichi Suzuki’s Talent Education Program in Matsumoto, Japan. Stephanie is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, the Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association, and the Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation. She is also a registered Music Together teacher. With her passion for music and love for children combined, her goal is to enrich the lives of children through teaching music.


Erica Corbo

Erica Corbo has been immersed in the joy of making music for her entire life.  She has 15 years of experience studying the piano and the flute, 25 years of experience singing, 15 years of experience with dance, and a lifetime of experience composing, performing, improvising, and experimenting with movement, sound and melody. Erica is adept in all styles of music.  Philadelphia jazz pianist and session musician Howie Gordon helped to foster Erica’s musical talent during her early years of playing.  While studying photography at Drexel University, Erica received a scholarship to perform in the Drexel Jazz Orchestra where she came under the tutelage of noted ethnomusicologist and jazz saxophonist George Starks.  She began to refine and perfect her solo and ensemble improvisational skills, as well as her approach to composing, while studying with Philadelphia pianist Farid Barron of Wynton Marsalis’ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Sun Ra Arkestra fame.  After obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree, Erica polished and enhanced her skills and knowledge of classical music, technique, and ear training by receiving her teaching certification in the Suzuki Method for Piano. Both alone and with bands, Erica has composed, recorded, and performed original music all around the East Coast.  In the realm of musical theater, she has experience dancing, singing, and acting, as well as with music directing and writing. Erica has taught individual lessons in piano, flute, and improvisation, as well as group classes in free improvisation and jazz improvisation, including music for preschoolers.  Extensive knowledge of the Alexander Technique empowers her playing with a physical balance and grace, and enables her to effectively aid students in the postural and physical elements of performing.



Christianne Bessières Lane

Composer and instructor of Creative Expression Through Musicianship, Christianne received her Master of Music in choral conducting from Westminster Choir College and her Bachelor of Music in music composition with a concentration in piano performance from Indiana University Bloomington. Her composition teachers include Eugen O’Brien, Marta Ptaszynska, Claude Baker, and Stephan Young. She started composing as a student at the nationally known summer music camp and festival, The Walden School, in Dublin, New Hampshire. She is also a graduate of the Walden School’s Teacher Training Institute.

 


"We feel very lucky to be part of the Piano Academy! I didn't know much about the Suzuki Method before my children began learning to play the piano, and I am thrilled that they are benefiting so much from it. The teacher-student-parent relationship is really quite special. It's a wonderful philosophy of music education, and these are outstanding teachers."

-Piano Academy parent Heidi M. Rose, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, Text and Performance Quarterly

Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Villanova University