Since the beginning in 2010, Elizabeth's Music Studio has been continually growing. Our team now encompasses seasoned experts, such as professional independent music teachers, assistant music teachers, technical directors, and office administrators.
Staff Music Teachers
Our Staff Music Teachers are professional musicians and teachers. Our staff teachers are passionate about their art, their work, and training the next generation of musicians. We love working together to create a strategic and encouraging platform for modern music education!
Assistant Music Teachers
The Assistant Music Teachers program exists to train serious music students how to teach music to beginners, as well as an introduction to managing your own business. Assistant Music Teachers (AMTs) are trained in the methodologies of Elizabeth's Music Studio educational procedures and business practices, which have been developed and refined for over 20 years. These Assistant Music Teachers are serious music students, have been hand selected, are trained through observations and guided practicum, and receive ongoing training every month. As their students progress beyond a beginner level, these students transition into Miss Elizabeth's studio full time.
Our Music Teachers are passionate about teaching, committed to their artistry, and look forward to getting to work with your beginning piano, guitar, and voice students! Email us to get started on your own musical journey today!
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.
Heather Krane is a classically trained soprano with a passion for teaching others the joy of singing! She earned a Master’s of Music from Boston University and her Bachelor’s of Music from Biola University in Vocal Performance and is a current member of the Cascade Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). While classical is her favorite she enjoys singing all styles of music including musical theatre, choral and pop. She has performed with the Fresno Master Chorale, Tulare County Symphony, Visalia Opera Company, Kings Symphony, and as a Young Artist with Opera San Luis Obispo. Favorite roles include Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Mabel (Pirates of Penzance), Carrie (Carousel) and La Princesse (L’enfant et les Sortileges). Heather also enjoys teaching music and leading the choir at Camas Christian Academy. Heather and her family recently relocated to Camas from Central California. She loves going on adventures with her husband Josh, and kids Burton and Josie. You can hear Heather perform here!
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!
Jon McLaughlin – pianist, has been a professional musician all his adult life, and has been teaching classical, jazz and rock piano for over 30 years. Jon is a native of Washington, and began studying piano at age eight. He went on to study music theory, history, and orchestration at Whitman College. While at Whitman, he began studying jazz in earnest after taking a jazz appreciation course from musicologist and author Bill Cole. He continued his music studies at Evergreen State College, where he helped prepare a published learning guide titled “Modulation Manual.”
Jon spent about ten years as a professional performer in numerous jazz and rock bands. In 1981, he started teaching piano. He has written student workbooks on jazz improvisation and music theory, and has taught workshops in jazz for all instruments. In 2002, he released a solo piano album, which received critical acclaim.
He has three primary goals as a teacher – 1. To help his students discover the fun of playing piano well. 2. To adjust his teaching methods and materials to match each student’s unique interests, goals and strengths, without ignoring the essentials of a well-rounded musical education. 3. To make each lesson interesting and enjoyable, and to always be patient. You can hear Jon's playing here!
Some of Marcella’s first memories are of learning how to play the piano using her mom’s old lesson books. Through every stage of her life, music has been an impetus to personal expression, connecting with her community, and drawing near to her Creator. Marcella seeks to instill in her students a technical understanding of music congruent with deep artistic expression. Marcella started teaching piano lessons in 1996.
She received a music scholarship from Clark College, and during her studies she toured Canada, Mexico and China with various choirs and played viola for the orchestra. She enjoyed teaching general music, group and private violin and piano lessons, and choir to students at Camas Christian Academy from 2010-2016.
She teaches functional movement in Camas and Vancouver, and loves exploring ways to support musicianship through alignment and breath work. Marcella still plays viola with the Clark College Orchestra every chance she gets, and adores playing with the worship team at Grace Foursquare Church. She lives in Camas with her best friend, whom she married in 2001, and their three extraordinary kids.
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 email@example.com.
Nathan is the resident audio engineer, bassist, and groove expert. Nathan began tinkering with A/V equipment at an early age; he has always been passionate about excellent audio quality. Nathan has years of technical audio experience, such as running audio for church camps, front of house at local churches, designing entire PA systems for large corporations, and running audio for several bands. Nathan owns quality audio equipment and enjoys mixing the best possible mix with the tools available to him. He is available for contractual hire for events and comes with all his own gear!
Aidan is a junior at Camas High school this year. He has played the piano for 12 years now, and loves nothing more. His favorite styles to play in music are classical piano, bebop jazz on alto saxophone, and rock on guitar.
Angela is a 14 year old freshman 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!
Ashton Doane is 16 and a junior at Camas High School. He has been involved in music since he was very little and plays three instruments. His favorite composers are Chopin and Liszt for their romanticism and showmanship. This year, he progressed so much in piano that he decided that he wanted to start teaching others so they could experience music as he does. You can hear Ashton's playing here!
Noah Morris is 17 years old and a full time Running Start student at Clark College. He has been playing the piano for 11 years, and is always trying to find something harder to play that he’s never seen before. When he’s not playing written music, Noah loves to write his own music or improvise on the piano, but generally he does both at the same time. Noah loves sharing information he has with others as much as he can, and also loves learning about various subjects that interest him or about other people. He hopes he can pass on the gift of music to all his students. You can hear Noah's playing here!
Ryen Howard is a 16 year old junior at Camas High School. He first got into music by playing the clarinet in the Skyridge Middle School band. He moved into tenor sax the following year and began learning the piano going into high school. Ryen has studied classical music for the past few years, but recently began his full immersion studies into his favorite style of music: JAZZ! His musical influences include saxophonists Sonny Rollins and Clifford Brown. Ryen is excited to teach music and experience music from a different perspective. You can hear Ryen's playing here!
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