In-School Coaching

Since 1997, ACMC has developed sustainable and valuable collaborations with middle and high schools in the Austin area, offering year-round chamber music instruction to students.

In-School Coaching Program

ACMC has established sustainable and valuable collaborations with several Austin and surrounding area schools, including Title 1 schools, reaching over 150 students each semester. These collaborations focus on supporting middle and high school orchestra and band programs by teaching the intricacies of musical communication and expression within small ensembles.

Benefits of having a chamber music program at your school

Students will…
-Become leaders within their band or orchestra
-Work with local leading professional musicians on a weekly basis
-Be a soloist within a small ensemble
-Play new and challenging music outside of their band or orchestra class
-Grow into confident players, strong communicators, and well-rounded musicians
-Build on real world skills such as active listening, teamwork, problem solving, and critical thinking
-Develop a deeper sense of pitch, rhythm, and tone
-Apply chamber music skills to solo, band or orchestra experiences
-Perform on an ACMC collaborative chamber music concert

Music teachers will…
-Be 100% supported by ACMC
-Identify and nurture leaders within their program
-Provide extra ensemble and performance opportunities for eager students
-Notice students gaining confidence and becoming active leaders within their sections
-See their band or orchestra program strengthen and grow excitement

Want to start a program at your school?

If you are interested in getting information about starting an In-School coaching program at your school contact Jeni Gossard, Director of Education, at

Support chamber music in the schools

In-School coaching programs are funded through the The Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department, National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, RBC Wealth Management, various donations, and support from the schools participating in the collaborative program.

Help ACMC In-School chamber programs expand and reach more students!

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