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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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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MASTA News

MASTA Pays Tribute to Awards Winners at the Michigan Music Conference The Michigan Music Conference celebrated its 10th year with a Thursday evening collage concert. The concert reflected programs from elementary music to high school level instrumental and vocal ensembles. Congratulations to all the groups that shared their music with us. I would like to

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Michigan West Bass Fest

Michigan West Bass Fest 2015 (in association with the Michigan East Bass Fest) Saturday, May 2, 2015 Orchestra Room North Pointe Christian High School   Welcome to the Michigan West Bass Fest, the next generation bass workshop. At the Michigan Bass Fest young bassists will have a unique opportunity to get together with other young

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MASTA Chamber Festival

The 2015 MASTA Chamber Music Festival was a great success! Twelve string quartets enrolled and met at Eastern Michigan University on February 24th for a day dedicated to chamber music. Thanks to our sponsors Marshall’s Music Company, Baroque Violin Shop, Shar’s Music, and D’ Addario Strings for making the event possible! Thanks also to EMU for

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Michigan East Bass Fest 2015

Michigan East Bass Fest 2015 (Formally the Troy Bass Workshop) Saturday, April 25, 2015 N101 Alexander Building · Eastern Michigan University At the Michigan Bass Fest young bassists will have a unique opportunity to get together with other young bass players, play ensembles, get instruction from nationally recognized bass teachers and performers, and hear some

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MASTA Reception at MMC

Dear MASTA members: You may have heard about the reception after the Teacher Orchestra Concert on Friday, January 23rd on the top floor of the Amway tower…but did you know… …it’s a BRING A FRIEND reception!   Did you know… …there will be complimentary red/white WINE and CHOCOLATE treats from Donckers* candy makers in Marquette?

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MFMC High School String Award

THE MICHIGAN FEDERATION OF MUSIC CLUBS HIGH SCHOOL STRING AWARD Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass 1st Place $500 2nd Place $250 Sunday, March 22, 2015 Okemos Community Church  Okemos, Michigan Application Deadline – March 1, 2015 ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be in grade 10, 11 or 12 and a resident of Michigan. Application fee of $10, paid to

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An Interview With Rodney Page

An Interview with Rodney Page December 9, 2014 By: Jonathan Glawe             Glawe: Hello Rodney! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me. Over the past several years, I have heard many wonderful things about who you are, and what you bring to your career as a music

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Orchestra Concert Attire for Females; What to Wear?

Orchestra Concert Attire for Females; What to Wear? By Candace Chappell ASTA Student Chapter President at Eastern Michigan University From Livonia, Michigan   As a female cellist in my early 20s, I often run into problems when shopping for appropriate concert attire.  Sure, there are a lot of places that sell black clothing, but the

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