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, including our latest full sponsor for 2017-18, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.

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Abby Alwin TOY 2017 (2)

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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Suzuki “Every Child Can!” Class at MMC

An Introduction to Suzuki Education Have you wondered what Suzuki teaching is all about? Come take this 6 hour class to experience the joys of teaching in this very special way. When: January 19, 2017 9am – 4pm Where: Michigan Music Conference Grand Rapids, MI Registration Fee: $100 Facilitator: Michigan Music Conference Contact: Wendy Azrak […]

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MSBOA Orchestra Events

MSBOA Orchestra Events Fall Reading Session Recap and Director Development Days preview                 East side reading session   by Burke Lokey On September 24, there were two Orchestra music Reading sessions presented by the MSBOA. The “East-Side” session was put together by Erin Little and hosted by Cathy […]

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UP Chamber Music Festival

The UP Chamber Music Festival was held October 13th and was a HUGE success!  There were 26 ensembles/96 students, 18 string teachers/coaches, 2 music companies and several parent volunteers working together for music-making, learning and growth.  Student ensembles had three coaching sessions, a reading session, improv class, opportunities to try new instruments and on-stage performing […]

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Michigan Youth Arts

It was my absolute privilege to fill in for Richard Piippo at the 2016 Michigan Youth Arts Festival.  I was treated to several performances by the winning ensemble of the MASTA Chamber Festival and got to hear a phenomenal coaching session with Lidor Ondras.  Pictured here with me are:  Elena Chambers, Vioin; Christopher Young, Viola; […]

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