Guitar New Mexico’s Artist-in-Residence Program brings a renowned classical guitarist to selected local schools to work with student guitar ensembles and teach master classes at no cost to the school or students. The 2019 Artist in Residence is Travis Marcum, a prominent music educator from Austin, Texas. Travis will surely inspire both students and teachers alike. The program offers teachers an opportunity to encounter new teaching ideas through music teacher workshops.
‘I wanted to write and say THANK YOU so much for having Travis come to my school to work with my students. I know they really got a lot out of the lesson. Travis really helped them develop a much deeper depth of emotion in the piece my kids were working on. I really saw great engagement from my students, and a lot of faces light up in ways I’ve never seen before in a teaching situation. Thank you again so much for all you do.’
Garrett Holslag, Guitar Instructor at Ortiz Middle School, Santa Fe, NM
Recognized as one of the premier classroom educators for the classical guitar, Travis Marcum has been teaching middle and high school students across Texas since 2005. As the Education and Outreach Director for Austin Classical Guitar, Travis works with over 900 guitar students in 16 schools across central Texas. In 2008, he co-authored the first intensive classroom, classical guitar curriculum now published online at GuitarCurriculum.com. The curriculum is currently being utilized in school districts across twenty US states and four countries.
As a guitarist, Travis studied with Professor Adam Holzman at The University of Texas at Austin. He has performed across the United States and has placed in regional and international solo guitar competitions. Travis received his bachelors degree in Music Education from the University of Texas at Austin. He studied orchestral and band pedagogy with the intention of bringing these proven traditions of music teaching to the guitar classroom.
As a classroom guitar teacher, Travis has directed some of the most accomplished ensembles in the nation including the Guitar Foundation of America’s Featured Youth Ensemble at the 2008 convention in San Francisco. He also directed the McCallum Fine Arts Academy Chamber Guitar Ensemble from 2006-2008 during which time the group won the UT Brownsville National Guitar Ensemble Competition each of the three years.
Past Guitar New Mexico Artists-in-Residence Matt Denman, Michael Nigro and John Truitt