The William B. Travis Early College High School Classical Guitar program is an award winning, nationally recognized program made up of students in grades 9-12. Students graduating from the program have attended: Texas State University; The University of Mary Hardin Baylor; The University of Texas Permian Basin; The University of North Texas; Del Mar College; and Austin Community College; and have been awarded more than $200,000.00 in scholarships.
In spring of 2017, the Advanced Guitar Ensemble took second place at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley National Guitar ensemble Competition. (we trailed the first place winner by only 1/2 point!) The Travis Guitar Ensemble has worked with many of the finest guitar educators in the world, including Joseph V. Williams, Dr. Joseph Palmer, and Pepe Romero. There are 3 ensembles of differing difficulty are available to students depending on on playing ability. The classical guitar program is supported by a partnership with Austin Classical Guitar. ACG provides our curriculum (www.Guitarcurriculum.com) and supports our students with private lessons and enrichment opportunities. Student guitar ensembles perform for a variety of school events and are available to perform for your event with simple a donation to the program.
We believe that music has to power to change the lives of our students and in some cases, even to save those lives. The William B. Travis Guitar Program is designed to provide an experience for students that will enable them to develop a life-long understanding and appreciation for music. Through their education as musicians, opportunities will be provided for them to develop their performance, leadership, self-confidence, and teamwork skills. It is the music departments belief that music is an integral part of every child’s education and that the experiences and knowledge that a person gains through the study of music helps to develop highly successful world citizens.