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 2020-2021 school year.

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MASTA Solo Competition Winners

The 20th biennial MASTA Solo Competition was held online November 1, 2020. Guest competition judges were two principal members of the Toledo Symphony: Kirk Toth, Concertmaster and Amy Cheng, assistant principal cello. The judges decided to award two gold and two silver prize winners this year, due to the high level of competition participants. Gold

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MASTA Sleigh Ride

Over the past few weeks, MASTA members were offered the opportunity to participate in a virtual performance.  Spearheaded by Jonathan Glawe of Ann Arbor Public Schools, teachers all over the state practiced and recorded their parts to Sleigh Ride via Upbeat Perform.  Upbeat Perform is a new software that allows musicians to record themselves playing

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Vote for the 2021 MASTA Teacher of the Year

It’s time to vote for the MASTA Teacher of the Year.  In 2014, our organization began alternating this award between studio teachers and classroom teachers each year, and this is the year to award a classroom teacher.  Voting is open until January 4, 2021. Please read about each candidate below, and then cast your vote

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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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