A Collaboration Based on the Generosity of the Austin Music Community

AustinMusicShare is premised on the shared goal of providing quality music experiences for the children of Austin, including those who face challenging life circumstances. The goals of the participating organizations vary, as do the types of services they seek to provide, yet all of the participating organizations enlist volunteer musicians and teachers in their efforts. The success of these organizations is in large measure a reflection of the generosity of the professional, student, and amateur musicians who live, work, and study here in our musically vibrant city.

The descriptions below provide contact information for individuals who would like to offer their services or who would like assistance. We hope that this page will facilitate connections among individual musicians and organizations and enhance the effectiveness and extent of the services provided to children and their families in the Austin community.



The Armstrong Community Music School offers a variety of opportunities to those interested in learning and enjoying music.  At ACMS's beautiful west Austin campus, an accomplished faculty provides lifelong access to the musical arts through instruction and performances for all, regardless of age, skill, ethnicity, or income.  Our school is a nonprofit organization committed to providing scholarships and free-of-charge music instruction in various community and social service venues.  The Armstrong Community Music School welcomes volunteers to assist with instruction and performance-related events throughout the year.  For those interested in a regular schedule of volunteering, ACMS seeks assistance with a variety of ongoing administrative tasks.  For additional information about the Armstrong Community Music School, ACMS programs and/or volunteer opportunities, please contact Dr. Rachel McInturff by telephone at 512-474-2331 or via email at  



The Austin Chamber Music Center (ACMC) is dedicated to serving Central Texans by expanding knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of chamber music through the highest quality instruction and performance.  

ACMC seeks to:

For additional information about the Austin Chamber Music Center, programs, or volunteer opportunities please contact Heather Williams by telephone at 512-454-0026, or via email at



Austin Classical Guitar is one of the leading guitar performance and education organizations in the world.  Founded in 1990, the organization proudly features extensive education and outreach programming.  ACG also produces six distinct concert series offerings which reach more than 10,000 people annually through the International, Summer, Flamenco Austin, GuitarSalon, and Classical Cactus programs.  Austin Classical Guitar serves Central Texas through Community Concert Residencies which provide fifty free concerts annually to students in Austin Tx and surrounding communities.  Our Community Guitarists and Insights programs for adults promote life-long learning in the arts.

Austin Classical Guitar seeks to form new educational partnerships with area schools, and performance partnerships with communities beyond Austin.  ACG has ongoing need of volunteer assistance with video post-production, recording, and website development for, ACG's curriculum website.  In addition, Austin Classical Guitar regularly needs volunteers who are willing to assist with ACG concerts and events.  For more information about ACG programs and volunteer opportunities, contact James Fidlon by telephone at 512-300-2247 or via email at  



CHAMPS (Chamber Music in Public Schools) provides chamber music coaching for public middle school and high school students.  Instruction takes place weekly in school during orchestra class time.  CHAMPS students develop leadership, artistic self-expression, communication skills, and critical-thinking skills through their study of chamber music, where every student is a soloist with one player per part.  CHAMPS also offers grant-funded private lessons to its Title I students.  CHAMPS currently serves the Austin, Eanes, Round Rock, Lake Travis, and Lakeway school districts.

CHAMPS seeks highly-skilled string players with strong chamber music training to assist with our programs.  CHAMPS also seeks volunteer assistance to organize fundraising events, maintain the CHAMPS website, and to create marketing materials.  For more information about chamber music coaching programs, and for information on CHAMPS volunteer opportunities, please contact Elise Winters-Huete by telephone at 512-484-3165 or via email at  


Kids in a New Groove 

Kids in a New Groove provides free music mentorship for youth in foster care.  KING provides weekly private music lessons that take place in a student's foster home or placement.  In addition to access to weekly private music instruction, KING students have the opportunity to earn new musical instruments of their own at no cost to the foster parent, family, or agency.  

Kids in a New Groove is continually seeking commited volunteer teachers in all instrument and voice areas to serve as music instructors and mentors.  Volunteers are eligible to become paid instructors following one year of service as a volunteer in the KING private music instruction program.  Volunteer requirements and applications can be obtained through the Kids in a New Groove website at  For more information about KING programs and volunteer opportunities please contact Laura Wood by telephone at 972-345-1867 or via email at




SWAN: Scaling Walls a Note at a Time is committed to enriching the lives of children who have one or both parents with a history of incarceration by providing free private music lessons, ensemble training, and performance opportunities.  SWAN is the only organization in the United States exclusively serving children of the incarcerated through music.  SWAN utilizes the talents and skills of area college students and individuals to give private and group lessons.  In addition, students from other disciplines conduct impact studies, research volunteer and funding opportunities, and document SWAN's work through film, photography, and journalism.  

SWAN is seeking an ensemble director as well as private lesson teachers for all instruments for the 2014-15 school year.  We match students with available teachers and instruments.  Currently, we are providing lessons in piano, violin, clarinet, saxophone, guitar, and drum set, all at a beginner level.  As our program expands in the fall, so will our needs.  SWAN accepts financial contributions as well as donations of instruments in good playing condition.  To find out how you can help, please contact Cynthia Smith via email at  

The following link is the first in a series of video shorts documenting the SWAN program in Austin.  This clip was produced by a film student at Texas State University:

This link focuses on our program in Pennsylvania:  

Additional information can be found at