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.

MASTA Camp

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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Viola

Violapalooza

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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Kontras

MASTA CELEBRATES 25th CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL!!!

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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MMC Teacher Orchestra

Be a Part of the MMC Teacher Orchestra! This is a tremendous way to swap ideas with colleagues, experience repertoire in a new way, and actually make music while you are at a music conference! Registration for the Michigan Music Conference is now open. Please find important information regarding this year’s MMC Teachers Orchestra and […]

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Michigan Suzuki Teacher Meetings

The Suzuki teachers in Michigan are meeting once every two months to discuss topics and share experiences. While these meetings include people whose area are not included in ASTA, such as piano and voice, the group is looking forward to maintaining a strong connection to MASTA. If you know of a Suzuki teacher who might […]

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Janis Peterson, MASTA President-Elect Dan Scott, MASTA Teacher of the Year Tim Staudacher, MASTA President

Interview with Teacher of the Year: Dan Scott

Dan Scott, MASTA 2015 teacher of the year, is Director of Orchestras at Jenison High School. Dan came to Jenison in 1997 from Western Michigan University. He has since earned his Master in Educational Technology from Grand Valley State University. His primary duties at Jenison include the 6th Grade Orchestra and the three High School […]

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President’s Message

Presidents Message; I hope you have had a great start to the 2015-16 school year. It is always an exciting, busy time. Your efforts to give your students the best musical experience possible will be appreciated by the students and their families. Letʼs keep the excitement all year by supporting each other, and taking part in the many opportunities […]

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GVSU String Leadership Day

Grand Valley State University will be hosting their sixth annual String Leadership Day on Saturday, October 17.  Top high school string players are invited to attend this one day session of rehearsals, sectionals, master classes, and evening concert featuring the Festival Orchestra and Best of Day soloists.  This year’s distinguished guest conductor for the 100 […]

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