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 for the 2018-2019 school year.

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Studio Teacher Workshop

MASTA will sponsor a FIRST-EVER workshop for private teachers this summer on Monday, Aug. 6th at CMU.  The day will begin with registration at 9 AM followed by hour-long sessions (free lunch) until 3:30 PM.  There will be time for questions and group discussion.  The fee for MASTA members is only $25/non members only $75.  Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance suitable for […]

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John Kendall Teacher Scholarship

The John Kendall Teacher Scholarship awards one $400 scholarship for the Blue Lake Suzuki Family Camp to a Michigan teacher taking Violin Book 1 training.  The deadline to apply for the 2018 scholarship is April 15. John Kendall Teacher Scholarship Application

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2018 MASTA Chamber Music Festival Wrap Up

By Michael Hopkins The 27th annual MASTA Chamber Music Festival was held on February 26, 2018 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Guest artists and competition judges were the four members of the Ambassador String Quartet: Sunmi Chang, violin Judy Lin Wu, violin Caroline Coade, viola Caroline Kim, cello. Additional festival faculty included […]

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2018 MMC in Review

The 2018 MMC was a huge success.  From the concerts and sessions to the meetings and receptions, every minute was worthwhile.  Listed below are a few highlights: The teacher orchestra, conducted by Alan MacNair, premiered a new piece by Bob Phillips in memory of string teacher, Jenny McGraw.  Her family attended the concert.  INSPIRING!  Also on […]

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Marquette High School Student Chapter

The Marquette HS student chapter, also known as the Fine Tuners, does a lot to promote string playing in their community.  They assist with After-School Elementary Strings, Music Night at the Children’s Museum and other orchestra events. Today they helped stuff MASTA tote bags which will be available at the upcoming MMC.  Thank you, Fine […]

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MASTA Grant – Suzuki Violin Training at PhoenixPhest

 by Allie Holden North Rockford Middle School Orchestras This past summer, I applied for and received a professional development grant from MASTA. I used the grant to assist with my tuition to Suzuki Violin Unit 1 training with David Strom at PhoenixPhest. The training took place over the course of 8 days on the Eastern […]

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Teacher of the Year Voting

It’s time to vote for the MASTA Teacher of the Year.  In 2014, our organization began alternating this award between studio teachers and classroom teachers each year, and this is the year to award a studio teacher.  Please read about each candidate below, and then cast your vote by following this link: Teacher of the […]

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