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Registration for ASTA's National Conference is Now Open!
Plan now to join us in Louisville March 5-8, 2014.
Click here to register for the conference.
View the conference registration brochure and review and plan your educational workshops here.
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Student Chapter Renewal forms are due November 1!
Additionally, the Student Chapter Award nominations and the Student Exemplary Service Award applications are due November 15.
Please see the Student Chapter page for more information.
Now Available: ASTA String Curriculum E-Version on iTunes eBooks
ASTA's comprehensive K-12 string program curriculum is now available electronically for the first time! An invaluable resource and the first of its kind, the curriculum's clear and concise scope-and-sequence makes it easy to use, and more than 200 specific learning tasks make it comprehensive. Based on the outstanding teaching traditions in the field and the contributions of many earlier authors, educators and researchers, this curriculum contains useful and practical information for string teachers at every level of experience. The download price is $39.99. To download click here
NHSHO NEEDS INSTRUMENTS!
Do you play....
| French Horn
| Contra- Bassoon
ASTA is looking to fill missing auditions from the first round. Students applying are asked to submit 5-6 minutes of a "challenging" piece for review. (Use the previous audition repertoire listed below as a guide.) Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the spots are filled. ASTA is looking to fill the spots immediately. Click the link below to follow the application process. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kudos to Mark Wood!
The fourth winner in our Kudos member recognition program is Mark Wood, recording artist, performer, producer, inventor, Emmy-winning composer and music education advocate. Wood has spent the past four decades electrifying the string world – literally. With his groundbreaking Electrify Your Strings! (EYS) music education program, he has spent the last 13 years of his career traveling the United States visiting schools and universities (over 60 of his Electrify Your Strings programs presented per year). Read more about Mark in the upcoming November issue of American String Teacher
, or click here
ASTA Members Recognized by the Grammies
Congratulations to ASTA members Sarah Payne, Michael Allard, Vivian Gonzalez, Glen McCarthy, and Jo Wallace-Abbie for being selected as a semifinalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award! For more information on this exciting news, click here
. In a recent TV interview, Vivian Gonzales shared her views on the importance of music. Click here
to watch that interview.
Apply for the George Bornoff Memorial Scholarship Fund
We are now accepting applications for this scholarship. It is intended for string teachers in the first five years of teaching. We have three, $800 scholarships available. Click here
for details and deadline.
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When you click the Amazon icon on the right side of this page (or click here), it will take you to the Amazon site. ASTA receives a small portion of your purchase. That money goes to our outreach efforts. Thank you!
We need your Remarkable Member nominations for Kudos program!
Help us identify ASTA members worthy of praise. Our new Kudos program is recognizing ASTA members whose outstanding work and dedication in the field goes above and beyond and creates a lasting impact that can help to inspire others. Don’t be shy – you can even nominate yourself! Nominations should include member name, contact information, and a brief description of why you think this member deserves recognition (try to keep it to no more than 250 words). Winners are highlighted in each issue of American String Teacher, and featured in other ASTA communications. Send your nominations to Deb Bissen, email@example.com.
Music Education Policy Roundtable
Learn more about ASTA's involvement in the Music Education Policy Roundtable by clicking here.
Roundtable Response to Elementary and Secondary Education Act
ASTA is one of the co-founders of The Music Education Policy Roundtable, which issued the following response (click here
) to Sen. Tom Harkin’s (D-IA) proposed Elementary and Secondary Education Act Bill. If you are interested in following the issue in more detail, we’ll be tweeting updates via @ASTAweb.
String Research Journal, Volume III
The third volume of the String Research Journal (SRJ) is now available for download for ASTA members by clicking here. You must be logged in to view.
Order your ASTA String Curriculum here.
Wondering about upcoming ASTA deadlines? Click here for important dates coming up!