About Us

Who We Are

Fostering Love for Music

Located in CamasWashington, Perfect Harmony is a professional music program that provides lessons to those interested in a career in the music industry as well as casual music enthusiasts. Opened in 2014, Perfect Harmony was founded by Chris Merrill, former professional musician and award winning songwriter from Rockwood, Oregon, with the goal of establishing a music education program centered on the mantra: fostering a love of music will lead to a lifetime of creativity, self-expression, and critical thinking.

Perfect Harmony has a rich history of educating children and adults throughout our community. Over the past 3 years, despite covid closures, we’ve continued to grow our student population, added RockStar Academy band program for kids and adults, and developed a program specifically designed for students ages 3-8, Mini-Mozart KinderMusic. This past year, we had multiple students achieve all-state honors in choir, orchestra, and band, as well students being casted to leading and supporting roles in local plays and musicals. In years past, we’ve also had students participate on music programs such as The Voice and American Idol.

The hard work and dedication of our students is what makes our educational programs so successful. From halftime performances, to parades, concerts, contests, and the classroom, our students continue to excel in every aspect of the program. Our music programs and one-on-one lessons teach our students lifelong skills such as, discipline, strong work ethic, critical thinking skills, musicality, camaraderie, sportsmanship, respect, and self-confidence, to name a few. Perfect Harmony is highly respected and is crucial in building tomorrow’s leaders.

With an amazing ensemble of caring, passionate, and knowledgeable teachers, Perfect Harmony is the “perfect” place for your musical journey to begin, or continue. 

Our Teachers and Staff

Vocal & Performance Director

Christopher Merrill
Voice • Piano • Guitar • Bass • Drums • Ukulele • Violin • Performance Coaching •  Music Therapy
Chris has been playing, performing, and writing music for nearly 20 years and has a musical resume that includes opening for Maroon 5John LegendCounting CrowsThe Flaming Lips, and many other major label artists. Chris’s career has seen him perform on stages, television and radio throughout North America, and included living and working in Music City, Nashville, Tennessee. While in Nashville, Chris performed with country music chart toppers Keith Anderson, The Michael Ray Band, Brett YoungAshley McBrydeLauren Alaina, and more.  In addition to music, Chris has also done a little acting, most notably, when he portrayed Shawn Devino on Season 6 of IFC’s hit show, Portlandia in 2016. In his spare time, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, trips to Baja, Mexico, and playing with his two Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Luna and Rio. 
Joe Chiusano RockStar Band Director

RockStar Band Director

Joe Chiusano
Guitar • Bass • Drums •  Piano • Ukulele • Voice

Joe has been a professional musician for the last thirty years, and music instructor the last twenty. Joe has shared the stage with Ben Harper, The Barenaked Ladies, Mark Ford/The Black Crows, Harry Nilsson and Govt. Mule. Joe has taught guitar, bass, vocals, drums, and piano at Portland Community College, School of Rock, and PPS Creative Science School. He has also been involved in musical arrangement at a local theater program. Joe believes everyone is musical and loves to share his passion for music with his community.

Jamie Anderson guitar, bass, drums, voice, music therapy.

Music Therapist MT-BC

Jamie Anderson
Piano • Guitar • Voice • Ukulele • Drums • Bass • Music Therapy
Music has been a part of my life since childhood and became a more serious part and career path after learning the guitar. I earned a Bachelor of Music Therapy degree from Pacific University in 2015 and have been working as a board-certified music therapist with a specialty in songwriting and lyric analysis since, in addition to teaching music lessons. I’ve been in multiple bands in different genres, including: rock & blues, metal, alternative/emo rock and indie-folk. I love helping people learn to play multiple instruments and love to help them understand music and the power it has to transform our experience of living.
Jared Anderson Luthier Perfect Harmony Camas Music Lessons

Luthier Extraordinaire

Jared Anderson
Guitar • Bass • Ukulele • Mandolin • Banjo

I offer over ten years of experience in the music industry starting in sales and growing my expertise in guitar tech work, lutherie, woodworking and design. I find joy in sharing my knowledge and watching others reach their goals. I’ve designed and crafted custom built guitars from raw materials including hand winding pickups, routing bodies, hand carving neck shapes and all necessary fret work.

My interest in building and repairing guitars was sparked around 10 years ago after being lucky enough to have lunch, and a great conversation, with one of my heroes in the luthier world. Since then, I have worked with or on guitars, growing my own expertise in building and string instrument repair. I provide instrument setups, fretwork, wiring and other lutherie services. It brings me joy to share my knowledge about guitars, and work with musicians and their instruments to chase the tone of their dreams

Ian Engelsman is our super awesome band teacher, and also teaches drums, guitar, bass, and ukulele at Perfect Harmony Camas Music Lessons

RockStar Associate Band Director

Ian Engelsman
Guitar • Drums • Bass • Ukulele

First came the pots and pans. A 3-year-old Ian Engelsman would pull them out of the kitchen cupboard, bang and clang them for about half an hour several times a day. A couple years later, he turned to Ovaltine cans and paper plates that he wrapped in aluminum foil. He was also good at drumming on the back of the car seat to the rock music his father cranked up while driving. In the years since, Ian has poured his heart and soul into music, becoming an accomplished percussionist and guitarist, and earning his degree from Clark College. According to Ian, whether it’s playing jazz greats like Count Basie and Duke Ellington, orchestra and concert-band composers from classical to modern, or rock legends such as Pink Floyd and Metallica, interacting with students and having a good working relationship “helped me grow as a musician and a person.”

Jason Asby RockStar teacher

RockStar Band Mentor

Jason Asby
Guitar • Piano • Ukulele • Bass • Drums

From North Louisiana and then New Orleans, Jason has made a career out of being a sideman in all styles of music. Well-versed in New Orleans music of all kinds, Cajun, and Zydeco, Jason has played with many big names such as Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias, James Andrews, and members from the Irma Thomas band, just to name a few. Jason has opened for major label acts such as Morris Day and The Time, New Orleans funk legends Galactic, and Meters founding member Leo Nocentelli.

RockStar Office Manager

Julie Hutchins
Mother • Wife • Music Lover • Cat Owner

Bio coming soon…

My daughter thought that I needed some self improvement and signed me up with Perfect Harmony for guitar lessons. Being an older student can be intimidating, however, Chris at Perfect Harmony has made learning a lot of fun and very accessible. I would highly recommend Perfect Harmony for both the “more mature” student as well as younger students.
- Ken Hanson

“We love the positive instruction and fun that Chris gives our daughter! She has learned so much on the piano in a short period of time thanks to his ability to teach the fundamentals while making it a happy and engaging place to be! Our daughter looks forward to coming every week!”
- Sarah Howe

We were fortunate that Perfect Harmony had an opening for my pianist daughter. Chris’s approach is to build a firm foundation in basic music theory, which I really appreciate. My daughter will never be lost on a piece of music as she learns these great skills. The music studio is quiet and comfortable and there’s a soft couch for parents in the same room. Chris is easygoing, patient, and a good communicator to both student and parent.
- Dayna “대나” Jackson


Recent News

Teacher Spotlight – Ian Engelsman

Teacher Spotlight – Ian Engelsman

Below is an article written about our very own Ian Engelsman. While all students that have interacted with Ian since he joined Perfect Harmony in October of 2022 understand how important Ian is to our school and RockStar band program, it's good to know where Ian...

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Luthier Services Now Available

Luthier Services Now Available

As of the this date, we are the only music school in Camas & Washougal to offer luthier services. Teaming with luthier Jared Anderson, we're now able to teach and repair music instruments! Jared has an extensive resume working on stringed instruments, and lists...

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10 Music Practice Tips

10 Music Practice Tips

“How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” “Practice, practice, practice!” You’ve heard that one, right? Well, it’s a truism that we shouldn’t forget as musicians. If you want to improve on your instrument, practicing is 90% of the process. (We’ll get into the other 10%...

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RockStar Summer Band Camp Presale!

RockStar Summer Band Camp Presale!

Our RockStar Band Camp is for all skill levels, ages 6-17. No experience necessary! Students will explore their instruments through musical games and activities. Our nurturing environment makes this the perfect camp for budding musicians.

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Join our RockStar Ensemble & Performance Program!

Join our RockStar Ensemble & Performance Program!

Making The Band Wanna be a RockStar? We’re excited to kick-off our Spring season RockStar Band Program for kids and adults at Perfect Harmony. Being a part of a musical ensemble can be fun. But being part of a band is even more fun, and something everyone should take...

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Music Training Increases Brain Power and Language Skills

Music Training Increases Brain Power and Language Skills

Ever wondered what impact music has on the brain? Consider this: Albert Einstein was a master violinist. His mother, also a talented musician, made sure musical expression was a part of the daily home life of her children growing up. Einstein himself began playing the...

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