Guitar and Bass

Nick Garrett

Guitar     Electric Bass

  • Opened the Garrett Music Academy in April of 2004
  • Has been teaching privately and lecturing since 1998, and has been a sought after motivational speaker for community events, radio, and television
  • Published Author, Barclay Bryan, Wash DC.
  • Recorded Books LLC. "Guitar Lessons That Work with Nick Garrett" DVD Available
  • Toured and had a hit song with his band NGB
  • Works with beginner, intermediate, advanced guitar and bass students.  children and adults, novice and serious professional musicians 
  • Garrett also writes for local newspapers, has served and continues to serve on various boards and commissions.
  • Click here to sample "guitar lessons that work"
  • Go here to do a short video lesson with Nick 


Anthony Malatesta

Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Mandolin, Eastern String Instruments specialist in World Music

  • Earned his undergraduate degree from the Berklee College of Music
  • Earned his Masters Degree from The University of London
  • Is a member of the Maryland Music Educators Association
  • Has been teaching at the Garrett Music Academy since 2005



 Scott Shirley

Guitar, Rock and Blues Expert

  • Was the Director of Product Scheduling for PRS Guitars for 20 years
  • Has an Associates of Arts degree in Music from Prince George’s Community College
  • Teaches guitar – all genres: excellent with rock and blues
  • Go here to do a short video lesson with Scott.
     Alex Bizzaro
Guitar and Jazz Specialist
  • Bachelor of Music, Rowan University 
  • Specializes in Jazz Style performance
  • Participated and composed music with the Rowan Lab Band under the direction of Denis Diblasio. 
  • Principal Guitarist for the Rowan Jazz Band led by George Rabbai. 
  • Member of the Rowan University Guitar Quartet. 
  • Guitarist for the Rowan University Pep Band directed by Dr. John Pastin

     Barry Grubbs

  • Attended College of Southern Maryland For Music Theory, Ear Training and American Music History.
  • Currently performs live weekly in the DMV area. Performances have included; Southern Maryland Blues Festival, Blues For The Cure Fundraiser, Wounded Warriors benefit, and local venues such as; Solomons Tiki Bar, Jake and Al's Chophouse, Ruddy Duck, Calvert Marina, Etc.
  •  Proficient in many styles including; Country, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Latin, Funk, Reggae, Etc. Specializes in Blues, Rock, Country/Rockablilly and Jamband Improv.