Instructor bios

Janet Kaido

Philadelphia Suzuki Piano Academy founder and teacher Janet Kaido 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. Kaido 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.

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.


"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

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