New to the Academy? Watch our short introductory video...

(Disclaimer:  Video shows a lesson price of $26.  Lessons are $28 per lesson)

We will be closed on Monday, September 5 for Labor Day. Students wishing to reschedule lessons can either call us (410) 286-5505 or email  

RENTERS: Shop online and enjoy your holiday - we are available to you 24/7 to rent the instrument of your choice. Complete the contract on-line and we'll have your rental ready on Tuesday! We also have all the books and accessories your child will need for the school year. Want to get the link below...  

Have questions: call us (410) 286-5505.

Prospective renters - we are temporarily located at All Saints Episcopal Church, 100 Lower Marlboro Road in Sunderland. We are located on the second floor of the parrish hall. If you wish to rent an instrument and get all your accessories for the school year, we are here for you Monday through Friday 10:30 to 8:30. If you need assistance outside those hours, call Krista Garrett (443) 624-1823. We have all you need for back to school, instruments, stands, books and accessories - we are full service - let us help you! For those that prefer on-line, see below for the link...

Instrument Rentals and Other Services

As an affiliate for Music and Arts, we have access to all the instruments school bands need.  Avoid lines and order your instrument on-line and pick up at our location.  Call ahead and we will have waiting books, accessories and music stands so you can be in and out in no time!  Want to get started?  Click on the link below to begin a school year full of music and fun!  



Our lessons are held year round and we are currently 
enrolling for our spring/summer semester for private lessons, ensembles and studio classes.  Summer day camps are available for all ages!

We also offer gift certificates for lessons and studio sessions as birthday/anniversary/I'm sorry gift ideas...

Call today to reserve your slot!

We have good news - starting tomorrow, Tuesday, July 5 we are able to offer private lessons and rental returns at an alternate location. For the next few weeks, we are relocating to All Saints Episcopal Church (at the intersection of Routes 2 and 4 at 100 Lower Marlboro Road) in Sunderland. They have graciously allowed us to take over their parrish hall so we can get back to making music. Lessons will be held as scheduled, so please report to the second floor of the parrish hall (located just down the hill from the sanctuary) to check in and to be directed to the correct classroom. If you have questions, please continue to email us at and we are working to get our phones forwarded.

We look forward to seeing you this week!

Check out our featured students each month:  For the month of June, view our YouTube channel and check out Jonay Boylan on alto sax!

On Friday, April 22nd, The Garrett Music Academy celebrated 12 years of music lessons, concerts, rentals, and sales. Thank you to the community for supporting our business throughout the years. We are thankful and couldn't be prouder when we look at all of our students that have gone on to do such wonderful things in music and life.

If you've been away for awhile, stop by and see what's new.

Remember once enrolled, you are enrolled for life. We have wonderful summer programs planned this year: two sessions of Making the Band Camp as well as Camp Discovery.

Lessons continue throughout the year and we would love to see you. This would be a good time to pull out that instrument and get started!

Krista Garrett, Staff and Teachers

In memory of 
Nancy Lee Elliott
(1977 - 2016)

“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together... there is something you must always remember. 
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. 
But the most important thing is, even if we're apart... I'll always be with you.” 
― A.A. Milne


We are a premier music school, located in Owings, Maryland, teaching all instruments including voice.  Our philosophy centers on developing physical ability as well as musical knowledge, in tandem, so they remain balanced.  We pride ourselves on putting our students first, tailoring our private lessons to the individual student's abilities and goals.  So, welcome to our website and continue your tour to find out more about us, what we have to offer, and how we can be a part of making your musical dreams come true. 

Classes, lessons, ensembles, and programs at GMA!
Even with the fast pace of work, school, sports and prevails.  That's because we have seen how important music lessons are in the lives of our families.  Music lessons make a difference, quality music lessons make the difference

The Garrett Music Academy is Southern Maryland's premier facility for music education, offering private lessons on all instruments and voice as well as additional classes and ensembles that allow students to apply what they are learning.  

Our prep programs have proven to be the absolute best in the region when it comes to preparing students for All County, Tri County, All State, Solo and Ensemble, theatrical performances, auditions, church performances, and College auditions.  

That being said we welcome any students to the Academy, including young beginners and adults. 

Music lessons at GMA are affordable, only $28 per half hour once weekly, and we offer the best quality teachers you can get anywhere, yes we mean anywhere. Our teachers are selected for their education and unique experience.  What they are able to help students accomplish in the classroom is more then noteworthy.  

Expert teachers and cutting edge approaches!
Times are changing and the Academy offers the most modern evolution in our approach to a music lesson including the incorporation of the most useful and cutting edge technologies. People just don't feel comfortable anymore going to a strangers house or having one come to the private spaces in their homes.  Further, the Cantor at the Church often does not have the tools and training to help a student get the most out of his or her experience with music lessons and often leads to bad habits and even more unanswered questions. At GMA we understand that and are constantly evolving.  The daily exchange of information between the expert teachers here benefit the families who walk into our facilities each week.  

The bookstore at GMA! 
We also offer a small music store where we carry instruments, accessories, and books and sheet music that band directors and students in the region need. This makes obtaining anything from a new electric guitar to a hard to find French Horn method book easy.  Our prices are better then what you find online or with a large retailer.  

School band rental program!
GMA has partnered with Music and Arts Centers as an affiliate to offer a school band rental program with the best quality instruments and lowest prices that one can get in this region.  

Special community programs and classes by the semester!
Our special programs are also unprecedented.  We offer a twice weekly music program for the ARC of Southern Maryland. 

We have also built music programs and unique curriculums for some of the regions most prominent private schools such as The Calverton School and The Tidewater School.

Career exploration!
Are you interested in pursuing a career in the music industry? No problem! We offer our state of the art pro tools recording studio for semester long studio engineering classes in addition to others that expose students to potential careers.   

College prep!
Preparing students for college at music schools such as Berklee or Peabody is another task we take pride in, and our summer programs and camps are among the most popular music camps in the state.  

This is only a sampling of what you'll experience at The Garrett Music Academy.  All of these resources are available right here at our facility in central Calvert County.  

Contact us today to get on the schedule!
Please give us a call or email us to find out what we can do for you.  We would love the opportunity to help you bring music to life in your lives.  


Krista Garrett
Dean of Students 

We are proud to be an active part of our community trusted by families, band directors, church leaders, teachers, and colleges and to prepare quality music students to all parts of it! 

       Evan Dice preps his students before a recital                                       Bill and Wyatt performing during one of Mr. Resnick's recitals

         Mr. Dice leads his youth orchestra who performed at Linden                      Mrs. Elliott's students performing at Anne Marie Gardens