Jarrett grew up in a musical family in Amarillo, Texas, where the guitar was used as an accompaniment to daily life. He earned an associate’s degree in music at Amarillo College and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in jazz studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
While at UTA, Jarrett studied primarily with professors Sam Walker, Tim Ishii, Dan Cavanagh, Ken Edwards, and Brian Mulholland. He also performed with the UTA Jazz Orchestra and the Dan Burkholder Combo, and attended an international jazz and youth exchange program in Germany and Hawaii as a student instructor.
Jarrett lived in South Korea from 2016-2020 where he performed regularly with pop, rock and jazz bands throughout the country. While in Korea, Jarrett attended a masterclass with legendary jazz guitarist Mike Moreno and was a finalist in the John Page Guitars “Wild Riffs” online guitar competition hosted by Greg Koch.
He returned to the United States in 2020, and currently lives in New York City, where he continues to perform and teach.
Jarrett believes in connecting personally with each student and relating each lesson to the fundamental concepts of rhythm, melody, and harmony. He believes that music lessons should be fun, educational, and suitable for the development of good character as well as creativity. Jarrett frequently reminds students of his personal philosophy that there are no right or wrong ways to play an instrument, just easy and difficult ways.