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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UP Chamber Festival 2017

UP Chamber Music Festival – HUGE success!

The 8th annual UP Chamber Music Festival held October 13 at Bothwell Middle School in Marquette was a great day for 29 ensembles, 106 students, 17 teachers and several supportive parents.  The day was all about growth and it was full of ah-ha moments and smiles! The events ran exceptionally smoothly because it was held […]

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Bryan Kolk, MASTA Treasurer & Amy King from Luck's Music Library

Hurricane Relief Project

The Michigan American String Teachers Association joined with Luck’s Music Library this past week to support orchestra programs affected by Hurricane Harvey. The Hurricane Harvey School Orchestra Music Fund was created by Luck’s Music Library to help replace the music libraries of public schools in Houston, several of which were entirely lost to the storm’s flooding. In […]

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Joe with Dr. Robert Gillespie of OSU

MASTA Professional Development Grants

My MASTA Grant 2017: OSU String Teacher Workshop (Adventures in Buckeye-land) by Joe Harmsen Earlier this summer, I applied for and received a MASTA Professional Development Grant which I used to help cover some of the costs of the 2017 Ohio State University String Teacher Workshop. During the workshop, I attended sessions on a large […]

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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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Janis promo pic 2017

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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