Student News

Austin High-Schooler Wins International Competition

Aytahn Benavi, a student of Kevin Taylor, recently participated in the Ex Aeque Artist International online competition. Over 145 entries of professional guitarists of all ages participated with video entries. There were 24 semi-finalists and eventually 12 finalists...

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Austin Student Wins 1st Prize in International Competition

We just found out that  Aytahn Benavi, competed at the “Domain Forget” guitar festival in Quebec, Canada. Although only 16, Aytahn competed in the college division, playing “Caprice 1” by Mario Castlenuevo Tedesco, “Etude 12” by H. Villa Lobos and “Joyful Island” by...

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Childbloom Student Wins Major International Awards

In June of 2016, Aytahn Benavi, a 14 year old student of Kevin Taylor, recently was awarded 2nd place at the Guitar Foundation of America’s International youth guitar competition JR. Division. He competed agains dozens of the world’s finest young players. This is the...

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Guitar Day in Downtown Round Rock on April 30

Guitar Day in Downtown Round Rock on April 30

On Saturday, April 30, the students and teachers of the Childbloom Guitar Program will be in downtown Round Rock for ”Childbloom Guitar Day.” At 11 am pedestrians may walk by one of our volunteer ”Sound Oasis” teams, students playing near the Plaza and on the street...

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Childbloom Student Takes National Competition Honors

A 14 year old student of Kevin Taylor, Aytahn Benavi, just was awarded 1st prize in two national youth competitions. He traveled to Columbus, Georgia and performed in the youth competition, at the Columbus Guitar Symposium. He also competed in the University of Dallas...

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Childbloom Student Awards since 2010

Austin/Round Rock Childbloom students have been winning guitar competition awards every year since the very first Childbloom students discovered them in 2007! We won’t list them all because the list might break the internet. These are some of the awards that Austin/Round Rock students have earned since 2010.

2019

  • 1st Prize Boston Guitar Fest Academy (University) division.
  • 3rd Prize – Guitar Foundation of America’s International Sr. Solo competition in Miami, Fl.
  • 1st Prize Hill Country Guitar Ensemble Competition (large group-high school division.)
  • 3rd Prize Georgia Guitar Competition (professional division) – Columbus Georgia
  • 1st Prize Florida State Guitar Festival Competition professional division.

2018

  • 1st Prize COLLEGE DIVISION (!) at the Domain Forget Guitar Festival competition, Quebec, Canada.
  • 4th Prize Boston Guitar Competition (18-21 division).
  • Highest scores in Texas UIL competitions.

2017

  • 1st place at the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Youth Ensemble Competition.

2016

  • 1st Prize – Indiana University High School Guitar competition.
  • 1st Prize – Texas A&M Guitar Symposium high school competition.
  • 3rd prize – Classical Minds adult competition – Houston, TX.
  • 2nd prize – Guitar Foundation of America International Jr. Youth Competition

2015

  • 1st Prize – Domain Forget Youth Competition – Quebec, Canada

2014

  • 1st Prize – Texas A & M Jr. Competition
  • 1st Prize – U. of Dallas Jr. Youth competition
  • 1st prize – U. of Houston’s “Classical Minds” Jr. Competition
  • 2nd prize U. of Houston’s ”Classical Minds” Sr. Competitiom
  • 3rd Prize Mid-America Jr. Youth competition
  • 3rd Prize Mid-America Sr. Youth competition
  • 2nd Prize Mid-America Jr. Sr. competition

2013

  • 1st Prize – Webster University Sr. Youth Competition
  • 2nd prize – U. of Houston’s “Classical Minds” Sr. Competition
  • 2nd Prize – U. of Dallas Jr. Youth competition
  • 3rd Prize – U. of Dallas Sr. Youth competition

2012

  • Amerian String Teachers” Association youth competition – Honorable mention
  • 2nd prize – Mid-America Sr. Youth Competition

2011

  • Appearance on the national NPR radio show “From The Top”
  • Winner of the “Jack Kent Cooke” $10,000 Young Artist Award
  • Yamaha Young Artist Recognition

2010

  • 1st prize – Mid-America Sr. & Jr. Youth Competition
  • 2nd prize at U. of Houston’s “Classical Minds” Sr. Competition
  • 4th prizeat U. of Houston’s “Classical Minds” Sr. Competition
  • 1st prize Mid-America Sr. Youth competition