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MASTA CELEBRATES 25th CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL!!! SPECIAL GUEST ARTISTS: THE KONTRAS QUARTET This year is the 25th year of the MASTA Chamber Music Festival and Competition! The festival will take place at the Michigan State University music building on Monday, March 7, 2016. The guest artists are critically acclaimed Kontras Quartet from Chicago. To read […]

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MMC Teacher Orchestra

Be a Part of the MMC Teacher Orchestra! This is a tremendous way to swap ideas with colleagues, experience repertoire in a new way, and actually make music while you are at a music conference! Registration for the Michigan Music Conference is now open. Please find important information regarding this year’s MMC Teachers Orchestra and […]

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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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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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