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 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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Legends Of String Teaching Podcast – Episode #1

Thank you for listening to the Legends of String Teaching Podcast! The purpose of this podcast is to interview legendary string teachers who have taught for over 25 years, and can provide young string teachers insight into how the profession has evolved. Guest: Gabe Villasurda http://www.stringskills.com Host: Jonathan Glawe Recorded: Nov. 17, 2013

MASTA Studio Teacher of the Year

Jack Budrow accepts MASTA Studio Teacher of the Year Award Jack Budrow, Double Bass Professor at Michigan State University, was elected our 2014 MASTA Studio Teacher of the Year . The award was to be presented at the Michigan Music Conference MASTA luncheon, however Jack was unable to attend due to a playing commitment. The

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President’s Message

As I begin my term as MASTA President, I think of all the wonderful leadership that has defined our organization for so long. I want to express my thanks to Past Presidents, Diane Winder and Larry Dittmar for their strong mentorship . I am also excited about working with our President-Elect Janis Peterson as we

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