Tony-nominated music and theater educator Garry began working with children in 2003 performing in hospitals and other facilities through Hospital Audiences, Inc. “I started doing music programs for the elderly, the blind and the mentally disabled. When they began sending me out to perform for seriously ill children I saw not only how much joy I could bring them, but also how much I got back.” Garry soon also found himself on the roster for The American Theatre Wing and Music That Heals doing similar work.
Garry was soon inspired to become an arts educator, working with non-profits Wingspan Arts, Making Books Sing and Casita Maria. Through these organizations Garry has taught music, drama, playwriting and songwriting. He has worked in the classroom to create musicals from books with programs that promote literacy for grade-schoolers and has created his own curricula for both in-school and after school programs, often in high-needs neighborhoods. This lead to his 2015 Tony nomination in a new category called "Excellence In Theatre Education," acknowledging teachers who inspire and nurture students, starting them along a lifetime journey in the arts.
Garry is the creator of a song-based curriculum called "Music To My Ears," which teaches grade-schoolers the fundamentals of music. In 2011, The American Society of Composers and Publishers honored Garry with the ASCAP Foundation Joe Raposo Children’s Music Award for “The Melody Song,” from this curriculum. [Listen here]
This inspired Garry to begin working on his first children’s musical, “Rock Soup!” currently in development. [Listen to excerpts here under "Children's Music."]
Garry also teaches pre-schoolers at the Alcott Montessori School in Dobbs Ferry, and at JW Tumbles.