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.


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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2017 National ASTA Conference Review

The National ASTA Conference in Pittsburgh was thoroughly inspiring from beginning to end.  From the view of the bridges and city lights coming out of the tunnel when I arrived at 4-ish AM to saying goodbye to new and old friends in the Westin Lobby as I prepared to catch my shuttle back to the […]

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AVANTI Summer MusicFest

Article by: Larry Hutchinson, DSO Musician and AVANTI Board Member March 1st, 2017 ATTENTION TEACHERS! Please encourage your students to attend AVANTI for their summer music making experience! AVANTI is an intensive, week long, orchestra-training program where students rehearse daily with outstanding conductors and get daily sectional instruction with members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. […]

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#TUNESday by Kiana June Weber

Edited by Jonathan Glawe Background: Kiana June Weber is a violinist and fiddler from Chelsea, Michigan. She is a product of the Michigan public school system, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and currently performs with Gaelic Storm. In the fall of 2016, Kiana started a weekly blog project in which she […]

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What is the M-Prize Competition?

What is the M-Prize Competition? Submitted By: Heather Kendrick, M-Prize Program Director Jan. 25, 2017 The M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, officially the largest competition of its kind thanks to the number of applicants and the unprecedented grand prize of $100,000, is now accepting applications for the 2017 competition, with a deadline of February, 1, 2017. […]

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Bow Adventures!

Bow Adventures! Exercises for Bow Comfort and Security Alan MacNair, Oakland University   The Spider and the Fly The Spider – With an imaginary bow in the right hand, practice being a Spider by moving the fingers in and out of the palm of the hand, causing them to go from relatively straight to very […]

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MMC Highlights

Michigan Music Conference – Reflections MASTA President – Janis Shier Peterson 1/22/17 The 2017 Michigan Music Conference was busy, exciting, inspiring, educational…and FUN!  The three days were filled with a wonderful variety of activities that make me eager to work with my students again, ready to do more work on MASTA projects and glad that […]

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2016 MASTA Solo Competition

Early Fall of 2016, young string players (ages 16-23) from Michigan and Ohio submitted online performance auditions to compete for a spot in the final round of the 2016 MASTA Solo Competition. This is our 19th year sponsoring the MASTA Solo Competition and we are inspired and encouraged by all the excellent young string players […]

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Vote for the MASTA Teacher of the Year

MASTA annually names an outstanding string educator in the state of Michigan as the String Teacher of the Year. This award is presented to a leading string teacher who has taught in the state for at least 10 years, demonstrated quality teaching and indicated educational achievement in areas other than performance and demonstrated service to […]

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An Interview with E. Daniel Long

Janis Peterson, current MASTA President, recently had the extreme pleasure of interviewing string teaching legend, E. Daniel Long.  Dan inspires with every sentence!  He has enjoyed a long and involved connection to MASTA.  The interview is broken up into three parts.

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