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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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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MASTA Teacher Orchestra at the MMC

If you are at the Michigan Music Conference, make sure you come and see the Teacher Orchestra under the direction of Bruce Uchimura. The performance will be at 7pm in the Ambassador Ballroom at the Amway Hotel. We will also be presenting the MASTA Teacher of the year. SEE YOU THERE!      

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Violapalooza Festival at Kalamazoo College February 13, 2016 Calling all high school viola players!! On Saturday, February 13th, Kalamazoo is hosting a Violapalooza festival event at Kalamazoo College and we hope you can be a part of it! There will be masterclasses, workshops and a viola choir all culminating in a festival concert at 4:00 PM.   […]

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Bothwell MS Quartet

UP Chamber Festival

UP Chamber Music Festival Mission Statement: The UP Chamber Festival will provide a positive learning experience and will encourage student string players to continue making music. The seventh annual UP Chamber Music Festival was held at Marquette Senior High School on October 16th. There were 97 participants, 17 string teachers, two music companies and a […]

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MMC – Suzuki Class “Every Child Can”

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 21, 2016 9am – 4pm  Where: Michigan Music Conference Grand Rapids, MI  Registration Fee: $100   Facilitator: Michigan Music Conference  Contact: Wendy […]

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MASTA CELEBRATES 25th CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL!!! SPECIAL GUEST ARTISTS: THE KONTRAS QUARTET This year is the 25th year of the MASTA Chamber Music Festival and Competition! The festival will take place at the Michigan State University music building on Monday, March 7, 2016. The guest artists are critically acclaimed Kontras Quartet from Chicago. To read […]

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