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/MSBOA String Reading Session 2018

String educators from around the state gathered together in September to play and discuss the merits of new literature for middle and high school orchestras.  Dozens of new pieces were generously donated by Luck’s Music, which were raffled off to teachers at the end of the event. Thanks to Sam Hickey and Joe Oprea for

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Bass Bash 2018

by Michael Hopkins 30 bass students in grades 6-12 attended Bass Bash at the University of Michigan on Saturday, September 15, 2018. The festival was directed by MASTA president-elect Michael Hopkins with University of Michigan Bass faculty Max Dimoff and Robert Hurst. Longtime MASTA members John Kennedy and Larry Hutchinson taught at the festival as

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Luck’s Music Library Donates Over $35,000 to Texas School Orchestra Programs Affected by Hurricane Harvey

In the wake of the 2017 Hurricane Harvey, Luck’s Music started a YouCaring campaign to raise money for affected Orchestra programs in Texas. Melissa Luck, Music Library President at Luck’s, mentioned in a press release: “We began hearing from many of our orchestra colleagues at school districts in Texas that Hurricane Harvey was much worse than expected and

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MASTA Grant Aids Rural Orchestra Program

By Joe Harmsen Thanks to the generosity of MASTA through the Program Grant, the Escanaba Orchestra program was able to hire much-needed sectional and small ensemble coaches during the 2017-2018 school year. Escanaba is a small town in the Upper Peninsula with a population of just over 12,000 people. There are over 120 students in

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MASTA fun at MYAF 2018

By Janis Peterson The Michigan Youth Arts Festival is always a source of pride and joy! Spending a weekend with people who are dedicated and passionate about the arts is inspiring, invigorating, and reaffirming. The students involved have achieved remarkable levels of proficiency. They have incredible talent and remarkable work ethic. The MASTA Chamber Fest

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Not Your Typical Teacher

      By Nyssa Rabinowitz Violin Teacher at the Rochester Conservatory of Music Daughter of MASTA Teacher of the Year for 2018, Marla Smith When you walk into my mom’s studio, it doesn’t look like your typical teaching space. Hundreds of violin bottles line the walls, a “no whining” sign hangs prominently and music

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United We “String” – Professional Development Opportunities

United We “String” Professional Development Opportunities Ellen Boyer, MASTA Member at Large 1. ASTA’s Mentoring Program Deadline is July 1, 2018 The July 1st deadline to enroll in next year’s mentoring program is fast approaching. Both mentors and mentees are needed. Click here to read more about this great program. 2. MASTA Mentoring Opportunities Michigan

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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