Professional and Passionate

Meet the Teachers

EMS knows the quality of their programs are result of amazing teachers. We are proud of the instructors that have chosen to call EMS home.
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Elizabeth Morris, M. Music, NCTM | Piano

Elizabeth Morris, NCTM has wanted to be a pianist since she was five years old. She earned her Master’s of Music in Music Education and Technology from Boston University and her Bachelor’s of Music in Piano Performance from Washington State University. She worked as a worship pastor and music director at a large church for 10 years, where she learned to master the lead sheet. While she loves classical music and manages a very rigorous classical OMTA Syllabus program, her real love is popular styles, gospel, R&B, and jazz, and she loves being able to inspire young musicians.

Elizabeth owns and leads Elizabeth’s Music Studio LLC in Camas, WA, a rapidly growing multi-teacher music school. Elizabeth is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM), a licensed teacher of the Let’s Play Music early childhood education curriculum, certified with the Technology Institute of Music Educators (TI:ME), the elected Vice President and President elect of the local Washington Clark County Chapter (MTACC), and an active member of the Portland chapter of OMTA.
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Abraham Bardue | Piano

Abraham Bardue fell in love with the piano at age 4 when he first heard Beethoven’s “Fur Elise.”  His grandma delivered her piano when he was 5 so he could begin taking piano lessons.  He studied classical piano until he was 12, at which time began playing for his church, and fell in love with collaborative piano.  Abraham played the piano professionally around town at various wineries, events, and even the state capital building, but his true love has remained constant: collaborating with other musicians at church, in bands, and with students.  His musical inspirations include 90s alternative, classical piano, and introspective melancholy songs, music that affects and influences people.  His dream of teaching the piano has finally come true and he is thrilled to be sharing his passionate love of music and the piano with the next generation.  
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Angela | Assistant Piano Teacher

Angela is a 15 year old sophomore at Camas High School and has been playing the piano for 8 years. She mainly focuses on classical piano, and her favorite composers are Debussy for his dreamy, harmonic tones and Chopin for his sophisticated waltzes. Angela enjoys the serenity and freedom that playing the piano brings her. She is excited to share her musical journey with others as she begins to teach this year! You can hear Angela's playing here!
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Annalisa Peru, BM | Voice

Annalisa Peru has a deep passion for teaching and helping students discover the joy of music. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a focus in Vocal Pedagogy and Musical Theater through Thomas Edison State University. Annalisa is classically trained in music, but one of her favorite styles is musical theatre. She has 10 years of experience teaching voice and dance for Journey Theater Arts Group, where she has served on artistic teams for several musicals like Frozen, Into the Woods, Lion King, and the Secret Garden. She has been featured as a soloist and lead performer in musicals like Disney's Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, and Mary Poppins. She was a member of the Clark College's Women's Choral Ensemble and featured as a soloist for multiple festivals, concerts, and competitions. Outside of musical theatre, Annalisa teaches at Agape Christian Academy as the preschool music teacher and elementary dance teacher. Annalisa lives in Battle Ground where she loves spending time with her family. Music holds a special place in her heart! Helping students discover the talents they have, developing those skills, and sharing that joy with others is the greatest success students can achieve.
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Brienne Morris | Piano + Early Childhood Music

 Brienne began playing piano at the age of 7, studying privately well into high school. Along the way, she developed a broader appreciation of music and exposure to musical instruments. In addition to the piano, she is highly proficient in clarinet, which she played throughout her school years. A particularly earnest musical director encouraged her exposure to trombone, flute, piccolo, and vibes in both symphonic and jazz bands. 

After high school, she pursued a degree in early childhood development and a career in portrait photography, focusing (pun fully intended) on newborns, maternity, and families. Throughout her school years, she raised her own children and cared for many others as a nanny and daycare provider. All the while, Brienne's home has been continually filled with music, and a song is always within an arms' reach.

Brienne is excited for the opportunity to share her love of both music and young learners. She appreciates that each student is different, and has the skills to provide the instruction and coaching needed to make the most of their experience. Regardless of their musical goals, she knows the benefits of musical instruction and exposure from an early age.

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Chunghah Hoffman | Piano 

Chunghah Hoffman reached a high level of achievement in classical piano performance as a youth. Under the instruction of Deborah Dewey of Seattle and Michi Harata North of Bellevue, she participated in music festivals and competitions annually, receiving multiple first place prizes, including first place at the WA State MTNA competition, and second at the Western regionals. She performed as guest soloist with the Musicians Emeritus Symphony Orchestra with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”). After being admitted to the music program at UW, she quickly switched course, opting to explore life outside the practice room by obtaining a BA degree in English. She went on to work in a variety of settings from tech to nonprofit, as well as stay at home to raise her two children. After this lengthy hiatus from music, Chunghah is thrilled to resume her musical journey by helping the next generation of students find their passion for music through a solid musical education. She is thankful for the investment in music made by her parents early on, as the benefits of musical training are numerous and can be enjoyed for a lifetime. She believes every child deserves to have the gift of music in their lives.
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Brenna Larsen | Voice

Brenna Larsen is an aspiring singer-songwriter and manager based out of Portland Oregon. Graduating from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Business Management in 2020, Brenna has continued to win the hearts of Portland locals through her captivating performances. She began writing music at the age of 12 when she first picked up an acoustic guitar, then quickly graduated to playing at local restaurants, bars, and coffee shops in the Portland- metro area. She interned with the North End Music Performing Arts Center while in college, teaching workshops to beginner musicians aged 5 and above. She has had the opportunity to teach voice and guitar for Music Lessons Eugene since the fall of 2023 to elementary-high school aged kids. She has worked with Ethan Chessin of CHS teaching songwriting and voice for live performances as well as with Clackamas Community College teaching songwriting and voice for high school summer camps. She is so excited to work with the families at EMS and for more amazing music to come!
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Jake Rust | Guitar & Bass

Jake Rust has been around for 24 years and for half of those, he has been dedicating his time to perfecting the guitar. He uses it as a tool to express those inner emotions that transcend language and must be brought out through song. His tastes include many classics, like Jimi Hendrix, Pink Flloyd, The Doors, and Led Zeppelin. There are many other influences stretching far and wide. Jake is just happy to be playing, teaching, and doing what he loves. You can hear Jake's playing here!
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Karah Huld | Early Childhood Music

Karah has loved music her whole life. She grew up in a musical family and has a huge passion for all music. She enjoys a wide variety of musical genres from pop, country, contemporary Christian, oldies, and alternative. She started her love for guitar at the age of 13; her very first guitar teacher was her dad. She went on to study voice and guitar from Elizabeth, and continues to grow her musical passion. You can often find Ms. Karah with the younger students, singing, dancing, and possibly rolling around on the floor, teaching preschool music and movement both at Elizabeth's Music Studio LLC and at Camas Christian Academy. You can reach Karah at karahh@emscamas.com.
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Marcella Cody | Piano

Marcella finds so much joy in teaching all ages about music and the piano! Her love of piano began when her mom taught her to play at age 4. She began teaching piano lessons at the age of 15, and studied music theory and music history in college. Marcella took a break to work in the medical world for a while, and then resumed teaching piano lessons part time in 2004. Continuing part time piano teaching, she worked as a preschool-8th grade music teacher and group piano instructor from 2011-2016 at a local school. She moved to teaching piano lessons full time in 2016. Marcella’s first love is classical music (Chopin and Revel are some of her favorite composers), but she also enjoys playing and singing pop music and worship songs at church. She is fascinated by music history and finds that sharing origin stories about composers, their compositions, and the piano, makes things a lot more interesting for her students. Marcella also plays the violin and the viola, is a yoga therapist at a local chiropractic clinic, and teaches fitness classes at local studio, Barre3.
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Noah Morris | Piano

Noah Morris is completing his music major studies at Clark College. He has been playing the piano for 11 years and is constantly looking for a new piece to play. Noah has been playing classical piano since he was 9 years old, and has been on his church's worship team since he was 13. When he's not practicing the piano, Noah loves to spend his time learning any other instrument he can get his hands on, or improvising and composing his own music. He has been teaching students at Elizabeth's Music Studio for three years and his favorite thing about teaching is getting to foster relationships with his students.
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Jessica Howard | Administrative Assistant

Jessica is happily married and blessed with two beautiful girls. She gets the joy of homeschooling both of them. She grew up in the PNW, therefore, loves the outdoors, backpacking, coffee, and Fall. She has always had a love for music and is always up for an impromptu dance party with her girls.