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Travis Rebel Advanced Classical Guitar students perform at NAfME convention

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Travis Rebel Advanced Classical Guitar Ensemble, historically, is an award-winning program. Director Susan Rozanc, AISD lead content teacher for high school guitar and Travis High's classical guitar program director, also serves as secretary of the Texas Guitar Director's Association.

Travis Rebel Advanced Classical Guitar Ensemble, historically, is an award-winning program. Director Susan Rozanc, AISD lead content teacher for high school guitar and Travis High's classical guitar program director, also serves as secretary of the Texas Guitar Director's Association.

By Gisel Alvarez

Travis Rebel Advanced Classical Guitar Ensemble, historically, is an award-winning program. Director Susan Rozanc, AISD lead content teacher for high school guitar and Travis High's classical guitar program director, also serves as secretary of the Texas Guitar Director's Association.

By Gisel Alvarez

By Gisel Alvarez

Travis Rebel Advanced Classical Guitar Ensemble, historically, is an award-winning program. Director Susan Rozanc, AISD lead content teacher for high school guitar and Travis High's classical guitar program director, also serves as secretary of the Texas Guitar Director's Association.

 

Travis Rebel Advanced Classical Guitar Ensemble, under the direction of Susan Rozanc, was only one of two high schools to perform and the only high school guitar ensemble, among seven colleges and university groups, that performed at the National Association for Music Education Convention at The Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas on November 12.

The association hosts one four-day convention per year which offers members open forums for collaboration, presentations by music education scholars, professional development and selected performances by students.

The National Association for Music Education is the nation’s largest organization of music educators, started in 1907, with over 130,000 music educator members from all 50 states. The association, according to its website, is dedicated to advancing and preserving music education as part of the core curriculum of high schools and colleges/universities in the United States and to assist its members in advocating for the importance of music education in students’ lives, in their local schools and in their communities.

Chief Executive Director of NAfME, Michael Blakeslee, said his goal as CEO for 2019 is to assist music educators in advancing their local programs for long-term growth to benefit

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Travis Rebel Advanced Classical Guitar Ensemble, historically, is an award-winning program. Director Susan Rozanc, AISD lead content teacher for high school guitar and Travis High’s classical guitar program director, also serves as secretary of the Texas Guitar Director’s Association.

students musically, socially and emotionally.

“Planning long-term growth is what music teachers do, probably, more than any other teachers in a school because they maintain contact with students for years; secondary music teachers don’t just teach one grade level, but introduce students to performance, guide them to proficiency and help them work at a truly advanced level.”

After high school, many ensemble students advance to colleges and universities where professors continue to build upon this music education and facilitate young budding professionals into a career of music, he said, and the cycle of music education turns over for another generation.

Rozanc, teacher and director of Travis High’s guitar program, said that music education is valuable because she believes music has the power to change the lives of students.

“Our program is designed to provide an experience for students that will enable them to develop a lifelong understanding and appreciation for music, she said.

The Travis Rebel Advanced Classical Guitar Ensemble was chosen to perform at NAfME, she said, due to its skill level and talents.

“If students can learn to play guitar with my high standards and realize their full potential, they can do this in other areas of their lives,” she said.

Rozanc began the program a decade ago after arriving as a teacher at Travis High. She has grown the program to over 100 students in three ensembles of differing difficulties depending upon students’ skill levels. The program is supported by Austin Classical Guitar providing curriculum and private lessons.

Some former students have been earned scholarships to attend schools such as Texas State University, The University of Mary Hardin Baylor, The University of Permian Basin, The University of North Texas, Del Mar College and Austin Community College, she said, and awarded more than $200,000 collectively.

“We believe that music education enhances students’ performance, leadership, self-confidence, and teamwork skills,” she said. “Music education is an important part of a student’s development; the knowledge and experiences gained help advance them into highly successful citizens.”

By Daphne Woodward
Award -winning Travis Rebel Advanced Classical Guitar program performs at various schools, events and contests.

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