mu•sic \ˈmyü-zik\ : the science of tones and the art of sound in time.
The Garrett Park School of Music was founded on the belief of sharing our passion for music with our community. Lessons began humbly in the 90s as customers would come to us to sharpen their skills, and as the years went on, the school gradually grew to become what it is today. Through cultivating an environment for creative expression, our hope is to give back the freedom that music has given to us.
And so we teach.
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Meet Our Instructors
Specialties: Orchestra, String Quartet, Conducting
Instrument(s) Played: Violin, Viola, Cello
Instrument(s) Taught: Violin, Viola, Cello
Chris Gosper has over 40 years of experience as a violist and second violinist with a focus on orchestra, string quartet, conducting, coaching string ensembles, and private instruction. She has been a clinician and adjudicator for Howard, Baltimore and Anne Arundel Counties, as well as Music Director for the Southern Maryland Academic Orchestra Program, Southern Maryland Intermediate String Orchestra, Southern Maryland Beginning String Orchestra, St. Mary's Sinfonia (a side-by-side orchestra of adulators mentoring youth in a full orchestra setting), and Chamber Orchestra of Southern Maryland.
Chris is very serious about teaching music and is known for innovative ways of explaining techniques and conveying the importance of the middle voices. She respects the individuality of the student and will work with them at their own pace, gently pushing them forward, but not molding them into anyone else. She believes that being serious does not mean that you have to be stuffy. If music isn't fun, why bother?
Specialties: Classical and Improvisation
Instrument(s) Played: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano
Instrument(s) Taught: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, & Beginning Ukelele
Josh Lilly has been teaching guitar and piano full time for 10+ years and has studied both guitar and piano his entire life. In addition to his educational commitments, Josh is also a prolific writer and session musician, gigging regularly in the D.C. Metropolitan area with five groups.
Josh has performed at most venues in the area, including theme parks (sponsored by the Maryland State Arts Council), casinos, nightclubs, national music festivals, and he has even had the honor of performing at the White House. His music has been played on MTV, MTV2, Spike TV, and the Oxygen Network, and his soundtrack to the movie festival award-winning "Horizon Diner" has inadvertently gotten him an IMDB page.
Josh enjoys sharing his passion for music with his students and aspires to educate while also building confidence.
Specialties: Rock, Marching, Orchestra
Instrument(s) Played: Drums
Instrument(s) Taught: Drums
Kevin Meyer is a native of Sioux Falls, SD. He has a B.M. Education degree from Brigham Young University and M.M Percussion Performance from East Carolina University. He has 12 years of experience teaching students of all ages Many of his students are attending universities and have received both music and academic scholarships. He has taught and arranged marching percussion music for award-winning percussion sections in Utah, South Dakota, North Carolina and Indiana.
Kevin has appeared as a soloist with the Tar River Symphonic Band in Greenville, NC, and the ECU Wind Ensemble, The ECU Percussion Ensemble, the BYU Percussion Ensemble and at the Young Musicians Camp in Evanston, WY. Kevin is currently a member of the United States Naval Academy Band.
Specialties: Rock & Roll, Blues, Jazz, Classical/Flamenco
Instrument(s) Played: Guitar
Instrument(s) Taught: Guitar
Rob Izzi began playing guitar at the age of 12, started teaching at 16 and toured the East Coast with the band Sassafrass Tea not long after. Throughout his career he has learned from some of the best including Jorge Strunz (of Strunz & Farah), Tom Principato, Tom Kreuzburg, Rick Whitehead (of Airmen of Note, the United States Air Force premier jazz band), Danny Gatton and Ken Navaroo. His teaching style includes music reading, tab and playing by ear with the goal of setting the student up with the skills to enjoy guitar playing for life. This includes developing a good ear, which enables the student to play anything they want!
Years played/studied: Playing since 1996, Teaching since 2005 Instrument(s) Played: Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Banjo, Electric Bass, Ukulele, and Beginner MandolinInstrument(s) Taught: Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Banjo, Electric Bass, Ukulele, and Beginner Mandolin
James has been teaching and gigging full time since 2005. He is the founding member of numerous touring bands in the area and a staple of the local music scene. A prolific songwriter, James has recorded music for a variety of albums regionally and abroad. His songs have been played on MTV, MTV2, Spike TV, and the Oxygen Network, and his soundtrack to the award-winning short film ''Horizon Diner'' has inadvertently gotten him an IMDB page. James keeps things fun while instilling in his students the theoretical and practical grounding necessary to accomplish their musical goals.
, Classic Rock, Blues, Folk
Instrument(s) Played: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Merlin, Trumpet
Instrument(s) Taught: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Merlin
Danny Reinhardt has been a musician for over 20 years, beginning with the trumpet when he was 11 years old. At the age of 20, he picked up the guitar and never looked back. Guitar eventually lead to bass guitar, which lead to ukulele and merlin.
After teaching for about a decade, his teaching method has evolved to focus on developing the technique his students desire, while helping them develop in the musical directions which excite them the most. He feels that by developing their interests with functional training, which translates to real music, his students leave their lessons excited and inspired to learn, taking this training with them for the rest of their lives.
Specialties: Rock ‘N’ Roll, Blues, Songwriting, Lead and Rhythm Guitar, Improvisation
Instrument(s) Played: Electric and Acoustic Guitars (6 and 12 string), Bass Guitar, Beginning Mandolin and Ukulele
Years Playing: 27
Miles Gannett has been playing guitar and writing songs since the age of seven, and began performing live as early as fourth grade. Miles started playing electric lead guitar at age twelve, and has performed with bands extensively in and around Baltimore since 1999.
In addition to guitar playing, Miles is an accomplished songwriter, and is well versed in home recording and arranging music. Miles produced and wrote/arranged the majority of the material on his band Fractal Cat’s first two full-length albums, and is looking forward to recording the third album in 2016.
Miles has been teaching guitar for about ten years, working with beginning to intermediate students to help them find their own voice on the guitar, to improve their lead and rhythm playing, and to coach aspiring songwriters and workshop their songs. He can also teach beginning ukulele and mandolin players, and could help with singing too.
Miles has also taught yoga and ayurveda for about six years in Baltimore City and Howard County.
Specialties: Opera, Broadway, Choir and Conducting
Instruments Played: Voice, Piano
Instruments Taught: Voice and Beginner Piano
Taylor started playing piano and singing at a very young age, participating in church and school choirs since elementary school. As the Performing Arts Prefect at her Alma Mater, Taylor was not only in both auditioned choirs, but also founded her own small woman's A Cappella group, arranging and directing music for their performances.
Taylor's teaching method keeps the focus on what the student's goals are, while installing great musicianship techniques and keeping it fun. She feels that inspired teachers inspire students, and she strives to help each student find their own niche while gaining tools to accomplish their goals.
Specialties: Jazz, Rock, Blues, Country, R and B, Finger Picking, and Music Theory
Instruments Played: Guitar, Bass, Piano and Ukulele
Instruments Taught: Guitar, Bass, Piano and Ukulele
Justin has taught Guitar, Bass, Piano and Ukulele professionally for 6 years to students of all ages. He has studied at CCBC Essex and University of Maryland Baltimore County. He has studied under well know instructors and musicians around the area such as Ron Gretz, Rob Winter, Manny Martinez, Bryan Ewald and Rick Jewer. Justin has toured regionally and nationally. He has open for many national acts such as Iration, Ballyhoo, The Movement, Tone Loc, The Supervillians, Jimmie's Chicken Shack and many others. He has also played campaign events for Governor Bob Ehrlich and County Councilmen David Craig. He currently performs with the acoustic duo known as The Lauren and Justin Duo. Justin can make it fun and easy to play; learn the Songs you want at you own pace. More advanced players will work on Major/ Minor Scales, Major/ Minor Arpeggios, Finger Picking, Chord Melodies, Modes, Chord Inversions, Music Reading, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Country, R and B and much more.
Specialties: Classical, Solo, and Orchestral Violin
Instruments Played: Violin
Instruments Taught: Violin
Emily Schloff has 13 years of experience teaching violin, and has been playing and performing since the age of three. A transplant to Maryland from Detroit, Michigan,
Emily was a long-standing member of the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra, participated in various solo competitions in the Wayne County area, attended Master Classes given by members of the Detroit Symphony, and performed with the MIT Symphony Orchestra while she was an undergraduate.
A classical violinist by training, Emily is passionate about coaching students of a variety of ages to foster a love of music. Whether that involves working on music for ensembles such as school orchestras, starting a kindergartener on playing by ear, or polishing up a solo piece for an upcoming competition, Emily believes that the music sounds best when the student loves it, and tries to tailor lessons to each student's goals.
Specialties: Performance, Classical, Broadway, Pop, Rock
Instrument(s) Played: Voice, Piano, Guitar
Instrument(s) Taught: Voice, Piano, Beginner Guitar
Leela Dawson began playing classical piano at the age of four & classical opera lessons at the age of eight. Winning over seven classical and popular vocal competitions at the University of Maryland from the age of 11, Leela provides an extensive knowledge of the foundations of voice and piano. In 2011, The High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall invited her to sing with world renowned director Dr. Eph Ely. Leela is a recent graduate with her Bachelors in Fine Arts from Sir Paul McCartney's music school in Liverpool, England: The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Having played piano & guitar in over four professional gigging bands stateside and in the UK, Leela is able to teach a broad spectrum of skills from classical & broadway to pop & rock 'n' roll.
Specialties: Improvisation, Blues, Music Theory, Composing, Performance
Instruments Played: Guitar, Piano, Voice, Drums
Instrument(s) Taught: Guitar, Piano
Stefan has been surrounded by music all his life. He has earned a degree in music and is currently working on a Bachelor’s in Music Technology. Stefan performs regularly around Annapolis and the D.M.V. area as a professional solo musician. He has been teaching guitar and piano for over 5 years. Having grown up studying guitar, Stefan has been awarded a number of accolades.
While living in San Antonio, Stefan was awarded 1st place winner of the San Antonio Blues Society Scholarship program and 2nd place winner of the city-wide guitar competition entitled “Guitar Wars.” Stefan earnestly seeks to help his students grow in their musical path and reach new heights. He is flexible with molding to his students’ needs, and is experienced with playing various genres. Stefan can aid students in learning a variety of music including Rock, Blues, Country, and Pop. In addition, he has written and recorded a number of original songs and specializes in song structure and production.
Specialties: Pop, Country, R&B, etc.
Instruments Played: Guitar and Voice
Instrument(s) Taught: Guitar, Vocals, Beginning Piano, and Songwriting
Terri Senecal, Michigan Songwriter’s Association founder and coordinator, songwriter, teacher, business consultant, and author has trained, facilitated, and presented lectures on music business and artist management to state agencies, service-oriented firms, and small business owners in Boston, Nashville, and Michigan.
Terri has also worked as an adjunct faculty member and presented workshops, seminars, and speeches to Macomb College, Wayne State University, the Nashville Songwriter’s Association International, to the Michigan Songwriter’s and Music Association, as well as with private sector firms. She was also the Detroit Coordinator of the Nashville Songwriter’s Association.
As a teacher, Terri is very energetic, friendly, understanding, and passionate. She has worked with students and clientele from many different regions around the world. She loves to get to know her students and their goals, while challenging them to view music as more than just a ‘skill’, but also a tool to communicate effectively with their audience. Terri began her musical aspiration with a guitar as child of age 8, and began writing at age 12. She continued to follow her interest in music and matriculated at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and Eastern Nazarene University. After receiving her degree at ENU, she studied broadcasting in Nashville at Trevecca Nazarene University. Her musical influences are Carole King and James Taylor.
Donna Dixon Ervin
Specialties: Broadway, Choir, Conducting
Instruments Played: Pipe Organ, Electronic Organ, Voice (Soprano), Chorus, Piano
Instrument(s) Taught: Piano, Organ, Voice
Donna has a Masters Degree in Sacred and Classical Music from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She has 35+ years of teaching experience. Donna has been the Musical Director for the Colonial Players, the Minister of Music for St. Martin's Lutheran Church, and the Minister of Music for Pasadena United Methodist Church.
Donna has taught at Anne Arundel Community College and Prince George's Community College. She has also coached singers, directed the Singers Madrigala of Annapolis, and taught musical classes for all ages.