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.

ASTA National Conference

In light of ongoing developments with COVID-19, and after thoughtful discussions with ASTA’s Board of Directors and collecting member feedback, ASTA has decided to move our 2021 National Conference to a fully online, virtual experience that will take place Wednesday, March 3, to Saturday, March 6, 2021.

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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 private studio teachers, Suzuki private teachers, professional and amateur chamber musicians, performing symphony 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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MASTA May Online Gathering

Candace Chappell, MASTA Notes Editor, Ann Arbor Public Schools After about 6 weeks of online teaching with roughly 6 weeks to go, members of MASTA gathered online on Friday, May 1 via Zoom.  The meeting was created and organized by Michael Hopkins, MASTA President-Elect. The topic of discussion: online teaching and learning.  Teachers of all

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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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