Welcome to ACG

Thank you! We here at Austin Classical Guitar are so grateful that you have chosen to support our organization with the gift of a donation for the very first time. Coming up on our 30th season, our impact in the Austin community would not be possible without you and those like you who believe in our work. Above all else, you help us to fulfill our mission to inspire individuals in the communities we serve through musical experiences of deep personal significance. Through a variety of programs, we hope that these experiences ultimately help to bring us together.

Whether you’re familiar with our programs or are visiting for the very first time, this page highlights some of ACG’s programming and the ways we are fulfilling our mission. 


Austin Classical Guitar Education

Starting with just a few students and teachers in 2001, our education programs have become some of our most important work. Almost 20 years later, we have the privilege of serving over 4,000 students locally in more than 55 schools every day through our Guitars in Schools Program. We feel it is a great honor and privilege to have the capacity to support all of our students, and it is only thanks to donors like you. Success in these programs is measured largely by how moved and changed our community is because of these musical experiences. 

Juvenile Justice Guitar Classes

It is because of donors like you who support our belief in serving our entire community that we were able to create and support guitar programs in two juvenile justice facilities here in Central Texas. These programs are some of the first of their kind, as they allow students to work towards gaining their high school diplomas while they are experiencing incarceration. One of our proudest and most deeply personal moments was receiving the paper guitar. Gifted to Jeremy Osborne, the paper guitar is a full-scale model guitar made entirely of paper that was made by David, a student in our program at the Gardner Betts School. A more detailed view of ACG’s Juvenile Justice program and of our classes and students we serve through this program can be found here

 

Classroom Guitar Resources

Guitarcurriculum.com

An online resource that ACG created to help better establish an ensemble-based curriculum for teachers to use in classrooms, this resource is used every day throughout the world by thousands of our partner teachers and organizations.

Letsplayguitar.org

To help guitarists in the blind and visually impaired community, this is a lifelong guitar learning resource for guitarists in the blind and visually impaired community that was largely inspired by and created in partnership with Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Neither of these resources would continue to thrive in this world without you.

 

Community Engagement

Our Music and Healing programs offer music as a meaningful medium of expression for members of our community who have faced significant trauma.

The most seasoned part of our music and healing initiative, the Lullaby Project, runs in partnership with Carnegie Hall to create songs with new and expecting parents. These parents, many of whom face difficult circumstances, work with lullaby artists to express their emotions and love for their children through a unique and incredibly special song.

The video features one of the songs written through The Lullaby Project. 

 

Community Ensembles

Austin Classical Guitar ceases to exist without this beautiful community which we call home. Through community engagement programs such as our community ensembles, we are able to provide opportunities of deep personal significance to guitarists at any stage in their musical journey.  More information about our community ensembles and how to join or enroll in a class can be found by clicking here

Concerts and Events

A part of our work from the beginning, ACG’s concert series present more than 100 performances annually featuring some of the world’s best and most talented classical guitarists. With over five different concert series spotlighting different kinds of music in different areas of Austin, we have something for everyone to enjoy. Check out this page to learn about all of our upcoming events.  

Get Involved

There are lots of ways to get involved at ACG! We would love to have you join our volunteer team, which you can learn more about here. The ACG Young Professionals Council is open to young professionals in any field in the Austin area who are interested in supporting our social service programs and developing connections with other young Austinites.

Thank You! 

So again, welcome to the ACG family. We could not be more excited and grateful that you have chosen to become part of our community by supporting our work. If you have any questions or would just like to send us a note, please email Ciyadh Wells at ciyadh@austinclassicalguitar.org.