Education

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What We Do
ACG has transformed school-based music education in Austin. We’ve established guitar classes in over 40 different elementary, middle and high schools, the Travis County Juvenile Justice System, and the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. And we’ve served thousands of Central Texas kids who come from all sorts of different backgrounds.

Read about our involvement in Austin-area schools in this Texas Exes Alcalde article.

Testimonials from the Schools
One of our 12-year-old middle school students writes, “I have experienced the beauty and elegance of classical guitar. It has always kept my interest, beginning with private lessons the summer I turned 5 and continuing as a sixth grader in a middle school in the Austin school district, which has a classical guitar program. The experience has enriched me with the joy of music.”

Speaking about a student in the Gardner Betts Juvenile Center, Senior Chemical Dependency Counselor Dean Campell notes, “Although [this student] is very bright and has multiple gifts and talents, [poor] decisions limited his success in school and in society. Upon entering the [ACG guitar] program, his motivation for positive change was extremely low. When offered an opportunity to join the guitar class, he enrolled. His motivation began to snowball and spread to other areas of programming. He went from putting forth minimal effort in school and his drug rehabilitation to becoming a leader by example for his peers.

For more on our program at Gardner Betts, please listen to this incredible KUT Radio Story.

Our Curriculum
Since 2004 ACG has developed a leading curriculum to help teachers teach guitar in a classroom setting. Zaira Meneses, a professional guitarist and teacher from Boston, states that the curriculum “was for me (and I’m sure for many other teachers) like emergency oxygen while swimming in a deep dark sea without a tank! The classical guitar in the United States has a new face of hope.” Our curriculum is in use throughout the world, giving teachers the tools they need to change the lives of their students. Find it online at GuitarCurriculum.com.

Music Transforming Lives
A short documentary by filmmaker Jenna Creech focuses on Austin Classical Guitar’s Youth Orchestra, culminating with the ensemble’s debut at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in October, 2013.

You can help us support our students. Make a contribution online today.

Support for Educational Outreach comes from:

The Augustine Foundation

Webber Family Foundation

The Meyer Levy Charitable Foundation,
Michael R. Levy

Sarah & Ernest Butler

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Silicon Labs Logo

Shield-Ayres Foundation
Topfer Family Foundation

Mercedes-Benz of Austin Logo
3M Logo Louise Epstein &
John Henry McDonald Trust
Oliver Custom Homes Logo

D'Addario Foundation Logo

Kendal & Ken Gladish
  Joan & Thomas Kobayashi Calido Guitars Logo
This project is supported in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts and in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. This project is also funded through an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.