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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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MASTA at the MYAF 2017

by Dave Reed What an outstanding three days it was attending the 55th Annual Michigan Youth Arts Festival at Western Michigan University, May 18-20.  It struck me that exactly 40 years ago my brother Robert Reed and I were in the Michigan-ASTA Honors Quartet that performed at the festival. This festival was, and still is an […]

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