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

We want to thank the following sponsors for promoting string education in the State of Michigan.

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Michigan Suzuki Teacher Meetings

The Suzuki teachers in Michigan are meeting once every two months to discuss topics and share experiences. While these meetings include people whose area are not included in ASTA, such as piano and voice, the group is looking forward to maintaining a strong connection to MASTA. If you know of a Suzuki teacher who might […]

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Janis Peterson, MASTA President-Elect Dan Scott, MASTA Teacher of the Year Tim Staudacher, MASTA President

Interview with Teacher of the Year: Dan Scott

Dan Scott, MASTA 2015 teacher of the year, is Director of Orchestras at Jenison High School. Dan came to Jenison in 1997 from Western Michigan University. He has since earned his Master in Educational Technology from Grand Valley State University. His primary duties at Jenison include the 6th Grade Orchestra and the three High School […]

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President’s Message

Presidents Message; I hope you have had a great start to the 2015-16 school year. It is always an exciting, busy time. Your efforts to give your students the best musical experience possible will be appreciated by the students and their families. Letʼs keep the excitement all year by supporting each other, and taking part in the many opportunities […]

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GVSU String Leadership Day

Grand Valley State University will be hosting their sixth annual String Leadership Day on Saturday, October 17.  Top high school string players are invited to attend this one day session of rehearsals, sectionals, master classes, and evening concert featuring the Festival Orchestra and Best of Day soloists.  This year’s distinguished guest conductor for the 100 […]

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Bass West

East-West Bass Festival 2015: A Success

The MASTA East West Bass Festʼs were held on Saturday, April 25th, at Eastern Michigan University and Saturday, May 2, at North Pointe Christian Academy in the Grand Rapids Area. The festivals included a tremendous lineup of clinicians which included:   Students were introduced to warm-ups, shifting and bowing exercises and then participated in a […]

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Stulburg International String Competition Medalists

KALAMAZOO, MI – Yaegy Park, a 17-year old violinist, was awarded the Gold Medal at the 40th Annual Stulberg International String Competition. Yaegy is no stranger to top awards having won her first competition at age 4 as a Houston Young Artist. At age 9 she performed with Christopher O’Riley on NPR’s “From the Top” […]

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Model K-8 and High School Arts Assessments — Field Test

  Model K-8 and High School Arts Assessments — Field Test   Developed By and For Arts Educators The Michigan Arts Education Instruction and Assessment (MAEIA) Model K-12 Arts Assessments are being developed by Michigan arts educators under the direction of the Michigan Assessment Consortium (MAC), with support from Data Recognition Corporation and commissioned by […]

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Lifetime Achievement Award winners: Marilyn Kesler and E. Daniel Long


MASTA Pays Tribute to Awards Winners at the Michigan Music Conference The Michigan Music Conference celebrated its 10th year with a Thursday evening collage concert. The concert reflected programs from elementary music to high school level instrumental and vocal ensembles. Congratulations to all the groups that shared their music with us. I would like to […]

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Michigan West Bass Fest

Michigan West Bass Fest 2015 (in association with the Michigan East Bass Fest) Saturday, May 2, 2015 Orchestra Room North Pointe Christian High School   Welcome to the Michigan West Bass Fest, the next generation bass workshop. At the Michigan Bass Fest young bassists will have a unique opportunity to get together with other young […]

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