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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MASTA at the MYAF 2017

by Dave Reed What an outstanding three days it was attending the 55th Annual Michigan Youth Arts Festival at Western Michigan University, May 18-20.  It struck me that exactly 40 years ago my brother Robert Reed and I were in the Michigan-ASTA Honors Quartet that performed at the festival. This festival was, and still is an […]

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Michigan String Educators Workshop

The University of Michigan String Educators Workshop will be held this year on Thursday June 22 through Saturday June 24, 2017 on the U-M North Campus in Ann Arbor. The workshop is a wealth of information. This year Martin Norgaard will be joining our faculty, along with Abby Alwin, Megan McDevitt, and Molly Baugh. The workshop is […]

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GVSU String Leadership Camp

Registration is open for the 2nd annual String Leadership Camp at Grand Valley State University.  This intensive three-day chamber music camp is for any string players (entering grade 8 through entering college) who have played their instrument at least 4 years.  The initial camp last year was very successful and we are delighted to be hosting the wonderful Avalon […]

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Common Issues in the Studio: The Wonders of Second Position

Dr. David Reimer Website: Like a rondo theme, student tendencies seem to keep turning up again and again.  A new school year brings a fresh group of students to one’s studio, but the issues they bring with them are often predictable.  Is this a result of inadequate teaching or insufficient application of good […]

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MASTA Chamber Music Festival Review

By Michael Hopkins The 26th annual MASTA Chamber Music Festival was held on February 27, 2017 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Guest artists and competition judges were the four members of the Pressenda String Quartet: Kathryn Votapek, violin, Aaron Berofsky, violin, Caroline Coade, viola, and Tobias Werner, cello. Additional festival faculty included […]

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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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