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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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

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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BassFest East is Coming Up

The East Bass Workshop will be held on Feb. 10th at North Farmington High School.  Registration cost goes up after Jan. 20th, so register now!  All the info is located on the BassFest page.

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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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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MASTA Executive Board Elections

Current MASTA members: Please take a moment to review the candidates for the positions of President-Elect, Secretary and Member at Large and cast your vote by December 15, 2017. 2018 Ballot Candidate Bios