This year’s Changing Lives Storyboard featured some amazing stories from students, parents, artists, fans, and members of our staff. Here are links to each story:

Matt Hinsley tells the story of his involvement with Austin Classical Guitar in three parts:

ACG and Me (Part 1) –  ACG and Me: The First Years (Part 2)ACG and Me: The Last Ten Years (Part 3)

Austin Classical Guitar’s Director of Education Travis Marcum talks about the evolution and tremendous growth of ACG’s educational outreach programs:

Education: A Talk with Travis Marcum

Pease Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year Leann Atherton writes about her experiences implementing ACG’s classical guitar curriculum in her 4th grade music classroom:

Guitar at Pease Elementary

A letter from Susan Rosanc, a high school music teacher, describes the remarkable impact that ACG’s guitar curriculum has had on her students’ musical -and personal- lives:

“On fire for music…”

Ed Collins shares his experience as a long-time member of ACG’s Community Ensembles:

From Ed Collins, a Community Guitarist

An interview with Greg Goodman, Austin Independent School District’s Director of Fine Arts, about the benefits and challenges of implementing a classical guitar curriculum in local schools:

From the School District Director of Fine Arts

On December 3, 2013, a group of residents from the Garder Betts Juvenile Justice Center performed a program of classical guitar music as part of a swearing-in ceremony for community volunteers. ACG’s Director of Education Travis Marcum, who teaches the guitar classes at Gardner Betts, shares his experience from that day’s performance:

“The best night I’ve had in a long time.”

A collection of comments from members, fans, and friends about what Austin Classical Guitar has meant in their lives:

Like so many strings on a grand guitar

In a college essay, a student recounts how as a struggling middle school student his discovery of the classical guitar led to a profound transformation in his life:

A Scholarship Essay