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American String Teachers Association

American String Teachers Association Our Mission: We provide professional development, career building and support, and a community of peers for all teachers of stringed instruments.

Our Vision: Enriching lives through universal access to fine string playing and teaching.

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We are excited to announce that JJ Norman is joining ASTA as Deputy Executive Director beginning June 1, 2022.Noted as a...
05/27/2022

We are excited to announce that JJ Norman is joining ASTA as Deputy Executive Director beginning June 1, 2022.

Noted as a progressive and creative thinker and leader, JJ most recently served as Executive Director of the Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA), where he was responsible for representing educators across the state and advocating for music education at both the state and national levels. In addition to his advocacy efforts, he oversaw numerous professional development events and state music assessment festivals. In all he does, JJ seeks to improve equity of access to opportunities for all educators and students.

Please join us in welcoming him to ASTA!

Tonight! Join us for a webinar on the ASTACAP Program and how to get the most out of it for you and your studentsThursda...
05/26/2022

Tonight! Join us for a webinar on the ASTACAP Program and how to get the most out of it for you and your students

Thursday, May 26
8 pm – 9 pm EDT

ASTACAP is a national certificate program that can strengthen performance and sight-reading skills for the students in your studio, and it offers a great incentive for young musicians.

This webinar will discuss both the virtual and in-person ASTACAP exams. It's a great way to prepare to participate in the online program which will be open June 1 - June 30. You also will learn how to start an ASTACAP program in your area.

Register now: https://astastrings.org/Web/Community/ASTA_eLearning.aspx

Meet NOF 2023's middle school adjudicators and clinicians!The ASTA National Orchestra Festival features some of the coun...
05/25/2022

Meet NOF 2023's middle school adjudicators and clinicians!

The ASTA National Orchestra Festival features some of the country’s top orchestra clinicians and experts. Here’s the lineup for 2023:

- Middle School Adjudicators: Sandy Goldie, Michael Hopkins, and Soon Hee Newbold
- Middle School Clinicians: Georgia Ekonomou and Rachel Dirks

Come experience them in person along with your middle school orchestra at the 2023 ASTA National Orchestra Festival. Apply today: https://www.astastrings.org/NationalOrchestraFestival2023

Meet NOF 2023's high school adjudicators and clinicians!The ASTA National Orchestra Festival features some of the countr...
05/25/2022

Meet NOF 2023's high school adjudicators and clinicians!

The ASTA National Orchestra Festival features some of the country’s top orchestra clinicians and experts. Here’s the lineup for 2023:

- High School Adjudicators: Katarzyna Bugaj, Bingiee Shiu, and Joel Schut
- High School Clinicians: Steve Amundson and John-Rine Zabanal

Come experience them in person along with your high school orchestra at the 2023 ASTA National Orchestra Festival. Apply today: https://www.astastrings.org/NationalOrchestraFestival2023

Free webinar for ASTA members:ASTA Certificate Advancement Program for String Studios: How to Get the Most Out of the AS...
05/20/2022

Free webinar for ASTA members:

ASTA Certificate Advancement Program for String Studios: How to Get the Most Out of the ASTACAP Program for You and Your Students

Thursday, May 26, 2022
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm EDT

Learn about this amazing program to develop your students. ASTACAP is offered online and in person to meet the needs of your studios. The program is a great incentive for young musicians.

Learn more and register: https://astastrings.org/Web/Community/ASTA_eLearning.aspx

Orchestra Directors! Bring your students to Orlando for the 2023 ASTA National Orchestra Festival. It's a great opportun...
05/19/2022

Orchestra Directors! Bring your students to Orlando for the 2023 ASTA National Orchestra Festival. It's a great opportunity to increase skills, work with leading adjudicators and clinicians, showcase your group's talent, and earn a national honor. Applications are due by June 1, 2022. Learn more: https://www.astastrings.org/NationalOrchestraFestival2023

Searching for a new job over the summer? Visit the ASTA Career Center for string education positions. See what's been re...
05/18/2022

Searching for a new job over the summer? Visit the ASTA Career Center for string education positions. See what's been recently posted: https://careers.astastrings.org/

On a recent episode of Arts Engines with Aaron Dworkin, ASTA Executive Director and CEO Lynn Tuttle shares about the imp...
05/17/2022
Lynn Tuttle on Arts Engines with Aaron Dworkin

On a recent episode of Arts Engines with Aaron Dworkin, ASTA Executive Director and CEO Lynn Tuttle shares about the importance of providing a breadth of diverse repertoire to our nation’s string students. Watch here: https://youtu.be/Tl6cd-N8pvA

Lynn Tuttle, Executive Director and CEO of the American String Teachers Association, shares about the importance of providing a breadth of diverse repertoire...

Deadline extended! There's still time to submit a session proposal for the 2023 ASTA National Conference in Orlando. The...
05/16/2022

Deadline extended! There's still time to submit a session proposal for the 2023 ASTA National Conference in Orlando. The proposal deadline has been extended to Friday, June 3, 2022.

Be rejuvenated and reconnected with your ASTA community by sharing your great teaching ideas. Learn more and apply: https://bit.ly/ASTACON2023CallForProposals

Be sure to apply to present an educational or pre-conference session at the 2023 ASTA National Conference in Orlando, Fl...
05/12/2022

Be sure to apply to present an educational or pre-conference session at the 2023 ASTA National Conference in Orlando, Florida. The deadline is Monday, May 16. We encourage you to share your ideas, tools, and techniques: https://bit.ly/ASTACON2023CallForProposals

Worth reading: Music Education's Greatest ThreatThis article from School Band and Orchestra magazine gives facts to refu...
05/10/2022

Worth reading: Music Education's Greatest Threat

This article from School Band and Orchestra magazine gives facts to refute the myth that music education programs and jobs in the U.S. are disappearing. The real threat is there are not enough music educators. What is the way forward to solve the teacher shortage? Read the article here: https://bit.ly/MusicEducationGreatestThreat

The deadline is right around the corner! Apply to present an educational or pre-conference session at the 2023 ASTA Nati...
05/06/2022

The deadline is right around the corner! Apply to present an educational or pre-conference session at the 2023 ASTA National Conference in Orlando. You are all doing amazing things in your teaching — we encourage you to share your ideas, tools, and techniques.

Proposals are due Monday, May 16: https://bit.ly/ASTACON2023CallForProposals

Elevate your orchestra program with national recognition. Apply for the 2023 ASTA National Orchestra Festival in Orlando...
05/04/2022

Elevate your orchestra program with national recognition. Apply for the 2023 ASTA National Orchestra Festival in Orlando, Florida. All orchestras that apply will receive detailed feedback from NOF leadership. Applications are due by June 1, 2022. Learn more: https://www.astastrings.org/NationalOrchestraFestival2023

ASTACAP Online will be open June 1 to June 30. Prepare now to submit your students' performances.The ASTA Certificate Ad...
05/02/2022

ASTACAP Online will be open June 1 to June 30. Prepare now to submit your students' performances.

The ASTA Certificate Advancement Program (ASTACAP) offers non-competitive performance experience for your students.

• Receive written feedback from nationally recognized adjudicators

• Submit performances for students at all levels and ages

• Students who successfully complete their performance will receive a certificate of recognition

Learn more: https://bit.ly/ASTACAPonline

We need your expertise and ideas — submit a session proposal for the 2023 ASTA National Conference in Orlando, Florida!Y...
04/29/2022

We need your expertise and ideas — submit a session proposal for the 2023 ASTA National Conference in Orlando, Florida!

You are all doing incredible things in your classrooms, studios, and more. We encourage you to present a session to share your ideas, tools, and techniques.

Proposals are due by May 16, 2022. Learn more: https://bit.ly/ASTACON2023CallForProposals

Applications are open for the 2023 ASTA National Orchestra Festival in Orlando, Florida. Why attend?-  National recognit...
04/28/2022

Applications are open for the 2023 ASTA National Orchestra Festival in Orlando, Florida. Why attend?

- National recognition to elevate your program

- An opportunity to engage, motivate, and recruit students

- Build relationships with orchestras from across the country

- Get valuable written and recorded comments from expert adjudicators

- Learn from a leading clinician in a personalized post-performance clinic

- Optional clinic for directors with a renowned conductor

- Access to a national string education conference and exhibit hall with 100+ string vendors

All orchestras that apply will receive detailed feedback from NOF leadership. Applications are due by June 1, 2022. Apply now: https://www.astastrings.org/NationalOrchestraFestival2023

We are excited to announce that Blair Williams is joining ASTA as Director of Professional Development starting July 5, ...
04/27/2022

We are excited to announce that Blair Williams is joining ASTA as Director of Professional Development starting July 5, 2022.

Dr. Williams has served the string education community within public education, higher education, and in the private string studio for over 20 years. She has presented workshops, teacher in-services, conference educational sessions, research, and served as clinician, conductor, and adjudicator across the United States.

Please join us in welcoming her on staff at ASTA!

Deadline today — Don't miss this volunteer opportunity for ASTA committees!Share your expertise, build your leadership s...
04/25/2022

Deadline today — Don't miss this volunteer opportunity for ASTA committees!

Share your expertise, build your leadership skills, and make a difference:

• Collegiate Committee
• Eclectic Styles Committee
• K-12 Committee
• Research Committee
• Studio Teacher Committee

Sign up here: https://astastrings.org/Web/Membership/Get_Involved.aspx

Reminder: Volunteer for these ASTA committeesThe deadline is Monday, April 25Make a difference as an ASTA volunteer — sh...
04/22/2022

Reminder: Volunteer for these ASTA committees

The deadline is Monday, April 25

Make a difference as an ASTA volunteer — share your expertise, build your leadership skills, and help shape ASTA's future. Current opportunities include:

• Collegiate Committee
• Eclectic Styles Committee
• K-12 Committee
• Research Committee
• Studio Teacher Committee

Volunteer today: https://astastrings.org/Web/Membership/Get_Involved.aspx

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We believe playing a stringed instrument can change a life. Founded in 1946, ASTA exists to support string and orchestra teachers and players. Our members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. We provide teaching resources, a career center, professional education, insurance programs, and access to a vibrant and sharing string community. To learn more and join, visit www.astastrings.org.

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Excited for this week's episode of my show Arts Engines with Lynn Tuttle, Executive Director and CEO of the American String Teachers Association, as she shares about the importance of providing a breadth of diverse repertoire to our nation’s string students!
VC LIVE | We’re coming to you from Detroit this morning for the arts thought leaders series, “Arts Engines” — with host Aaron Dworkin and guest Executive Director and CEO of the American String Teachers Association, Lynn Tuttle | Today’s up-close conversation explores the importance of providing a breadth of diverse repertoire to string students
Lynn Tuttle, Executive Director and CEO of the American String Teachers Association, shares about the importance of providing a breadth of diverse repertoire to our nation’s string students - on this episode of Arts Engine with Aaron Dworkin.
Lynn Tuttle, Executive Director and CEO of the American String Teachers Association, shares about the importance of providing a breadth of diverse repertoire to our nation’s string students - on this episode of Arts Engine with Aaron Dworkin.
Lynn Tuttle, Executive Director and CEO of the American String Teachers Association, shares about the importance of providing a breadth of diverse repertoire to our nation’s string students - on this episode of Arts Engine with Aaron Dworkin.
Lynn Tuttle, Executive Director and CEO of the American String Teachers Association, shares about the importance of providing a breadth of diverse repertoire to our nation’s string students - on this episode of Arts Engine with Aaron Dworkin.
Bryan is very proud to announce that he is presenting his Fearless Improvisation Workshop at the 2022 American String Teachers Association Virtual Conference. The online conference begins tonight and his session is an on-demand class so it can be accessed any time during the conference. He hopes other string teachers will find the information useful in helping their students (and in some cases themselves) start to improvise. Here's a quick trailer so you can get a sense of the material. If you'd like to see the whole presentation, you can visit https://www.astastrings.org/ and join the online conference. Enjoy! #stringeducation #astastrings #celloteacher #improvisation #composition #musicteacher #cellist #violinist #composers