MASTA is a state chapter of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA). Michigan has one of the largest and most active state ASTA chapters in the US.

The American String Teachers Association promotes excellence in string and orchestra teaching and playing. ASTA pursues its mission through an open sharing of ideas; benefits, services, and activities responsive of the needs of all members; development of strong state leadership and chapters; enhancing the image and visibility of string teaching and study; advocacy for string education; and an inclusive community of string teachers and players.

MASTA Camp

The MASTA String Camps provide young string students with the opportunity to have a specialized camp experience on their instrument in a relaxed, fun, and encouraging environment. While at camp students participate in orchestra, sectionals, small ensembles, as well as electives and recreation activities.

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Benefits of Membership

One of the greatest strengths of ASTA is the scope of its membership. We not only serve the private and public school educators but our organization services the studio teachers, professional and amateur musicians, and University and College instructors...

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Our Sponsors

A special thank you to our sponsors, including our latest full sponsor for 2017-18, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.

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An Interview with Robert Ritsema

Robert Ritsema is a Professor Emeritus of Music at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, where he taught from 1967 to 2000. His first teaching position was in the Portage, Michigan schools; while there, he was also a member of the Kalamazoo Symphony. He was also the director of the Hope College Orchestra and the Hope […]

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President’s Message – Fall 2017

  The American String Teachers Association has a reputation for excellence.  The organization is filled with teachers who are dedicated, hard-working and passionate about their craft.  ASTA members care about outcomes and are continually pursuing opportunities to hone their craft.  The group has excellent leadership and faithful members who all do their part to make […]

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Is Mentorship for You?

CALLING YOUNG AND & OLD! ASTA has developed a national mentoring program based on the expressed needs of ASTA members. The program is designed to connect early career teachers (1st-5th years) with experienced string/orchestra teachers. Deadline to enroll in this program is AUGUST 31, 2017. PLEASE consider giving of yourself to this program. BOTH mentees […]

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MASTA at the MYAF 2017

by Dave Reed What an outstanding three days it was attending the 55th Annual Michigan Youth Arts Festival at Western Michigan University, May 18-20.  It struck me that exactly 40 years ago my brother Robert Reed and I were in the Michigan-ASTA Honors Quartet that performed at the festival. This festival was, and still is an […]

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Michigan String Educators Workshop

The University of Michigan String Educators Workshop will be held this year on Thursday June 22 through Saturday June 24, 2017 on the U-M North Campus in Ann Arbor. The workshop is a wealth of information. This year Martin Norgaard will be joining our faculty, along with Abby Alwin, Megan McDevitt, and Molly Baugh. The workshop is […]

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GVSU

GVSU String Leadership Camp

Registration is open for the 2nd annual String Leadership Camp at Grand Valley State University.  This intensive three-day chamber music camp is for any string players (entering grade 8 through entering college) who have played their instrument at least 4 years.  The initial camp last year was very successful and we are delighted to be hosting the wonderful Avalon […]

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