As I begin my term as MASTA President, I think of all the wonderful leadership that has defined our organization for so long. I want to express my thanks to Past Presidents, Diane Winder and Larry Dittmar for their strong mentorship . I am also excited about working with our President-Elect Janis Peterson as we continue to move forward in the State of Michigan.
Our membership defines what MASTA is and what it has potential to become. The mission of MASTA is to advance string playing in Michigan by increasing teacher knowledge, networking ideas and finding innovations in teaching that lead us to new and better results. I would like to see more networking with string teachers in the various geographic areas of the state. Meeting informally with colleagues is a great way to share ideas and enjoy the company of other string professionals. If you are doing something special that you would like to share, consider posting on the new MASTA Blog which is part of our website.
MASTA members should consider running a workshop designed to help students and teachers. It would be nice to see these MASTA projects in various areas of the state which may allow more access to all students and teachers. As we move forward with planning, it is important to keep in mind that other state music organizations offer many string related activities and it is important for us to avoid redundancy. We need to offer teachers and students training and activities that they canʼt get from other organizations. This will help maintain good relationships with our state partners in music education and provide more unique opportunities that will draw teachers to a desired MASTA membership.
Keep an eye out for MASTA activities: Solo competition, chamber music festival, instrumental workshops, summer camp and The Michigan Music Conference. Our headliner this year is National ASTA President, Dr. Steven Benham. Donʼt forget our ASTA National Conference is in Salt Lake City this March. Have a great year!