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
Instruments Played: Violin, Viola, Cello
Instruments 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
Instruments Played: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano
Instruments 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 Played: Drums
Instrument 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 Played: Guitar
Instrument 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 Instruments Played: Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Banjo, Electric Bass, Ukulele, and Beginner MandolinInstruments 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.
Specialties: Rock ‘N’ Roll, Blues, Songwriting, Lead and Rhythm Guitar, Improvisation
Instruments 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: 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: Improvisation, Blues, Music Theory, Composing, Performance
Instruments Played: Guitar, Piano, Voice, Drums
Instruments 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: Piano and Voice
Instruments Taught: 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.
Specialties: String Quartet/Small Ensemble, Fiddle
Instruments Played: Violin, Viola
Instruments Taught: Violin, Viola
Rebecca Hannigan began playing violin when she was seven years old. She studied Suzuki and classical violin with Kathleen Silk and Madeline Adkins (formerly associate concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony, current concertmaster of the Utah Symphony). She got her orchestral start with the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra. In college she was the principal second violin with the Belmont Symphony and the Shoals Symphony. Then post graduate she was with the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra, Skokie Valley Symphony and Ravenswood Orchestra in Chicago.
Rebecca graduated from Belmont University with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Classical Violin Performance, where she studied with Elisabeth Small. She holds second degree in String Instrument Repair. Rebecca currently plays in several different string quartets and chamber orchestras, performing for recitals, events, and cruise ships. Also a fiddle player, Rebecca could be found performing in many places around Nashville, from small coffeehouses to well-known venues such as the Wildhorse Saloon.
Rebecca has played in string groups accompanying known artists including Trisha Yearwood, Melinda Doolittle, Ricky Brady, Steve Green, Sandy Patti, and Larnelle Harris; shared stages with many notable bands including The Steeldrivers and Alison Krauss & Union Station; recorded on albums of Robert Kelly and David Mayfield; appeared in music videos of Dave Barnes and Dailey & Vincent; and toured briefly with Gingerwolf in 2016.
Years played – 25
Specialties – Rock, Jazz, Blues, Wind Ensemble, Hip Hop, and Metal
Instruments Played – Drums, Hand Drums and Various Percussion Instruments
Instruments taught – Drums
Chris Aiken started playing drums around the age of 8. Chris took lessons from Walter Salb who was very well known for big band jazz and his great teaching ability. Walter had students who went on to play with clutch, oar, Natalie Merchant and Ani difranco to name a few. Chris played in the symphonic orchestra at the start of his high school career and on his sophomore year he moved up to honors band which was known as the wind ensemble. The school also had a jazz band and he would play with them after school for 3 years. After high school Chris went on to play with many bands at many venues in and out of state. The last band he played with was Bond and Bentley who played shows with sweet leda, ballyhoo, Pasadena, bumping uglies and many other local artists in the Annapolis area. Chris later left the band and went on to start teaching drums to spread his knowledge and enjoyment to others. Chris teaches students to developed their snare and kit skills in a fun and friendly atmosphere.
Years played – 20
Instruments Played – Guitar and Banjo
Instruments taught – Guitar and Banjo
Lisa grew up in Baltimore where she began playing guitar, 5 string banjo and singing at a very young age. She has a background in recording engineering, voiceovers and working with children and adults who have special needs. Lisa has been teaching guitar and banjo in the Easton area for about 15 years.
She has been performing in live with bands, duo's and solo acts for about 20 years and also plays guitar in the praise band at Christ Church in Easton. Her unique style of teaching will have students playing their first song after one lesson.