"Krista has been so great with our daughter helping her feel accomplished and challenged without overwhelming her."                                                                                - Client testimonial

Krista Garrett

Piano and Voice

  • Owner of the Garrett Music Academy.

  • Graduated from Suitland School of Performing Arts for Piano and Vocal Performance.

  • Received Bachelor's degree at University of Maryland.

  • Received Master's degree at Johns Hopkins University for Developmental Psychology.

  • Former adjunct professor at Mongomery College and College of Southern Maryland.

  • Has taught private lessons at GMA for over 9 years.

  • Director of the ARC of Southern Maryland theraputic music program

  • Specializes in early childhood music and developmental and cognitive disability programs.

Bill Resnick

Piano and String Bass

  • Mr. Resnick's father (who was his first teacher) attended Julliard and was an accomplished pianist. Bill started playing in junior high where he was a member of various Latin, Top 40, and Jazz Bands.

  • Studied at the University of Miami and the University of Maryland for Upright Bass and Piano.

  • Has been teaching private lessons at GMA since 2005. Taught piano technology at the University of Maryland.

  • Has toured with the groups Heatwave, Memphis Gold, and Double Diggit. Has also played with Lew Rawls, Jaco Pastorius, Ira Sullivan, Millie Jackson, Marion Meadows and many other excellent musicians.

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Sandra Chappell


  • Served 20 years as Concert Mistress for the United States Naval Academy Band.

  • B.A. from Washburn University.

  • Masters from Peabody Conservatory.

  • Has taught privately for over 15 years.

Bennett Umhau


  • Holds a Master of Music degree in Voice Pedagogy from Shenandoah University

  • Is an energetic young baritone who “[handles] his vocal chores flawlessly.”

  • Spends much of his time performing in and around the Baltimore and Washington metropolitan area.

  • Has experience teaching all varieties of music and a wide range of populations.

  • Spends a good deal of time teaching in the area, and is happy to be a part of the Garrett Music Academy staff.


"Mr. Brown has built an important rapport with my daughter when she needed an outlet most of all."                                      - Megan T.

Steve Brown


  • Undergraduate degree from Westminster Choir College

  • Graduate degree from Vienna Conservatory

  • Performed at the Kennedy Center, lead roles in community operas

  • Specializes in vocal performance

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Teresa Nielson


  • Associates Degree from Brigham University, Idaho

  • Teaching privately 20+ years, with over 500 students, comfortable with all ages

  • Encourages and focuses heavily on duet performance to encourage listening skills and rhythms

  • Integrates digital forms of instruction to assist those with learning disabilities


Robyn Stevens


  • Bachelors Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.

  • Masters of Music in Voice performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University.

  • Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of Maryland College Park.

  • University of North Carolina Voice Department Coordinator.

  • Founder and general director of the Baltimore Vocal Arts Foundation and serves on the music faculty of Baltimore City Community College.


Marina Beeson


  • Currently studies classical voice with Lisa Saffer at the New England Conservatory of Music.

  • Studied Alexander Technique for musicians at Eastman School of Music.

  • Student of Dr. Sandra Jarrett for 6 years.

  • Member of the NEC Undergraduate Opera Studio.

  • Placed 1st in regional NATS competition.