ASTA National Conference
March 15-18, 2023 | Orlando, Florida
A few MASTA members got together and discussed some of the issues surrounding orchestra teaching and the Covid Pandemic. You can view the video here or download the audio to your preferred device and listen to the discussion. Please add your comments on the YouTube page or join the discussion on the MASTA Facebook post.
The 29th annual MASTA Chamber Music Festival was held on March 2, 2020 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Guest artists and competition judges were the four members of the MUSE Ensemble: Maria Sampen, violin, Kyoko Kashiwagi, violin, Eva Stern, viola, and Katri Ervamaa, cello. Additional festival faculty included Marla Smith. The winning
Lydia Knecht, Hillsdale Academy A short 30-minute lesson with one of the most important violin teachers in the world significantly impacted my life and musical dedication. When I was fourteen, my viola teacher arranged a lesson with Danielle Belen, acclaimed violinist and teacher at the University of Michigan. This lesson also served as an audition
Please welcome a new Michigan HS Student Chapter of ASTA! They are a great example of the win-win that happens to the participants AND the program when students get involved with ASTA! Officers: Faculty Advisory / Treasurer: Mr. Joe Harmsen President: Ben Campbell Vice President: Kyra Magnuson Secretary: Zoe Spencer Activities: “String Buddies” after-school private
Alison Holden, North Rockford Middle School I recently discovered a few Google Chrome Add-On’s that have made my beginning string classes faster paced, more efficient and productive, and lots more fun to teach! Although I have mostly used these Add-Ons in my beginning orchestra classroom, I can imagine their potential in ensemble rehearsals, as well.
It’s time to vote for the MASTA Teacher of the Year. In 2014, our organization began alternating this award between studio teachers and classroom teachers each year, and this is the year to award a studio teacher. Voting is open until January 6, 2020. Please read about each candidate below, and then cast your vote
By Andrea Yun, Suzuki Cello Instructor The Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute celebrated its 50th year with a concert at Pease Auditorium in Ypsilanti on October 1, 2019. In attendance were all of the current Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute teachers, some past teachers, and all of the current students. Violin, viola, cello, and guitar students packed
Fifteen bass students in grades 6-12 attended BassFest – West 2019. The event was held on Saturday, October 19 at East Rockford Middle School and was organized by Allison Holden, orchestra director at North Rockford Middle School. John Kennedy, Farmington Public Schools orchestra director, and Larry Hutchinson, former bassist in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, were
Students from Lowell High School and NorthPointe Christian High School had their first meeting and decided to form a “West Michigan High School” Student Chapter of MASTA. The goal, once the vision of the group is clear, is to include students from neighboring schools and build a solid high school string community in Grand Rapids.