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 Strings Camp

The camps consist of three sessions that are held annually in late June at the Howell Nature Center in Howell, Michigan.

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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 for the 2019-2020 school year.

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Chamber Music Festival

The 29th annual MASTA Chamber Music Festival was held on March 2, 2020 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Guest artists and competition judges were the four members of the MUSE Ensemble: Maria Sampen, violin, Kyoko Kashiwagi, violin, Eva Stern, viola, and Katri Ervamaa, cello. Additional festival faculty included Marla Smith. The winning […]

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My lesson with Danielle Belen

Lydia Knecht, Hillsdale Academy A short 30-minute lesson with one of the most important violin teachers in the world significantly impacted my life and musical dedication. When I was fourteen, my viola teacher arranged a lesson with Danielle Belen, acclaimed violinist and teacher at the University of Michigan. This lesson also served as an audition […]

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Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute Celebrates 50th Year!

By Andrea Yun, Suzuki Cello Instructor The Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute celebrated its 50th year with a concert at Pease Auditorium in Ypsilanti on October 1, 2019. In attendance were all of the current Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute teachers, some past teachers, and all of the current students. Violin, viola, cello, and guitar students packed […]

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BassFest – West 2019

Fifteen bass students in grades 6-12 attended BassFest – West 2019.  The event was held on Saturday, October 19 at East Rockford Middle School and was organized by Allison Holden, orchestra director at North Rockford Middle School. John Kennedy, Farmington Public Schools orchestra director, and Larry Hutchinson, former bassist in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, were […]

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Michigan’s Newest High School MASTA Chapter

Students from Lowell High School and NorthPointe Christian High School had their first meeting and decided to form a “West Michigan High School” Student Chapter of MASTA. The goal, once the vision of the group is clear, is to include students from neighboring schools and build a solid high school string community in Grand Rapids. […]

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University of Michigan Bass Bash

by Michael Hopkins 30 bass students in grades 6-12 attended the 2019 Bass Bash at the University of Michigan on Saturday, September 7, 2019. The festival was directed by MASTA President-Elect Michael Hopkins with U-M Bass faculty Max Dimoff, Robert Hurst, and Ranaan Meyer. Longtime MASTA members John Kennedy and Derek Weller also taught at […]

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