Jess Garland is from Northeast Dallas. While attending Eastfield College, she studied classical guitar with Randy Nye. As her interest in the art form grew, she participated in many voice and guitar ensembles. She continued her education at SMU, where she graduated with a major in Political Science.

In spite of her diverse educational pursuits, Jess found nothing matches her love for teaching guitar. For the last 13 years, she has offered guitar lessons to adults and children privately and exclusively to children with a lack of music education in their community.  She has worked at many non-profit organizations like La Rondalla, Bishop Arts Theatre and Arts Vision.

Always willing to take on new challenges, Jess learned to play the harp under the guide of master harpist, Mary LeBus.  As a well-respected musician in the community, Jess plays festivals, weddings, and art galleries with her guitar and harp. 

Most recently, Jess recieved a grant from the City of Dallas' Office of Cultural Affairs for Aurora's 2018 Future Worlds theme.  Her performance "Resurrecting Gaia" was in October at Kettle Art Gallery in Deep Ellum. 

Jess has opened for Academy award winner and legendary music family member, Gingger Shankar at the Ft. Worth Modern Museum of Art presented by Fortress Festival.  

Jess is currently learning the sitar under master sitarist, Dr. Amie Maciszewski. 

Jess is a recipient of the 17-18 and 16-17 Special Projects Grant from the City of Dallas' Office of Cultural Affairs. She has used these grants to provide free guitar lessons to children during Summer 2017 and Spring 2018.  Jess has provided appoximatley 100 hours of free music education through her program, Guitar Lessons by Jess.  Jess aspires to continue to provide free music education.