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 Chamber Festival 2016

The 25th Anniversary MASTA Chamber Music Festival took place  on March 7th, 2016 at the College of Music Building on the campus of Michigan State University.   Thanks to Judy Palac and Kevin O’ Donnell for arranging for MASTA to have the event at MSU! The festival and competition were made possible by the following generous donors:  Shar’s […]

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BassFest – East 2016

BassFest – East 2016 At the Michigan BassFest young bassists will have a unique opportunity to get together with other young bass players, play ensembles, get instruction from nationally recognized bass teachers and performers, and hear some outstanding bass playing. The Michigan BassFest-East is sponsored by the Michigan Chapter of the American String Teachers Association, and will be hosted […]

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Violapalooza 2016

Violapalooza 2016 in Kalamazoo By Karin Loberg Code   MASTA Outreach Grant helped fund a successful event for area high school viola players. Violist Katrin Meidell from Ball State University was invited to Kalamazoo on Saturday, February 13, 2016 for a full-day workshop, master class, viola choir coaching and concert with eighteen West Michigan-area high […]

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Legends of String Teaching with David Reed

Click on the link below to access the latest Legends of String Teaching Podcast David Reed has been teaching orchestra in the Bloomfield Hills Schools, Michigan, since 1984. His ensembles have been invited to play at various conferences and have scored the highest ratings in their festival performances. Mr. Reed was named “2003 Orchestra Teacher […]

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