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October 1st Deadline for Potter’s Violin Instrument Awards

ASTA is excited to announce the latest winners of new instruments, generously provided by Dalton Potter, owner of Potter’s Violins in Bethesda, Maryland, for the April 2014 round of the instrument awards for students in need. These three outstanding young musicians all benefitted from the recommendations of their ASTA member teachers. Our most recent award winners include:  Thuan Nguyen, viola, age 17, Louisville, Kentucky; Maguette Seye, violin, age 13, Greensboro, North Carolina; and Kayla L. Williams, viola, age 17, Tallahassee, Florida. For more information and application, click here.

Music Education Policy Roundtable

Learn more about ASTA's involvement in the Music Education Policy Roundtable by clicking here. In addition, learn more about ASTA's involvement as a co-founder of the Music Education Policy Roundtable from this new video featuring ASTA Past-President Bob Phillips, by clicking here.

New Institutional Award

Is your school preparing string players to teach at the K-12 and collegiate level? Consider applying for ASTA's new Institutional Award! Details can be found here.

2015 ASTA National Conference - The Learning Opportunities are Boundless

The 2015 ASTA National Conference will be held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in stunning Salt Lake City, Utah.  Register today and you will receive the Early Bird Rate and also be entered into a drawing to win a Joule Bow generously donated by CodaBow.

Juried Research Poster Proposals are due October 15, 2014. Click here for more information.

Click here to discover more about Salt Lake City. 



George Bornoff Award Application

Three scholarships to attend the ASTA national conference awarded awarded annually in the amount of $800. For more information and to download the application, click here.

Kudos to Melissa Lesniak!

The most recent winner in our Kudos member recognition program is Melissa Lesniak. Melissa is the executive director for the Greater Miami Youth Symphony. Read more about Melissa in the August issue of American String Teacher, or click here.

National Solo Competition
The guidelines and audition repertoire is now available for the National Solo Competition. Apply by November 12, 2014 11:59 pm PDT. Check out the details here

Grand Opening of Café Strings!

Café Strings is a new resource for ASTA members. Café Strings will ultimately contain several different communities, and you may use these communities to interact and communicate to exchange ideas, experiences, concerns, knowledge and wisdom. At this time, we have a K-12 community (link above) within Café Strings that includes blogs, comments on blogs, questions, discussions, and a resources library (videos). Future community groups will include: studio, student chapters, and more. If you are logged into the website as a member, you can access Café Strings by clicking the word "Café Strings" at the top of the homepage. If you want to receive email updates on a particular part of a community (for example, a particular blog post in K-12), just click "subscribe" underneath the post.

Sessions from the 2014 National Conference

A select number of conference sessions have been recorded placed on the ASTA website for viewing by members. Please click here to access them. You must be logged in to view.

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.

 

Shop for ASTA at Amazon

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!

Missed the 2014 Conference?

Click here to view pictures from this amazing event in Louisville this past March. Plan now to join us in Salt Lake City next March and you can be here next year!  

 

Awards

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, deb@astaweb.com.

Advocacy

Music Education Policy Roundtable

Learn more about ASTA's involvement in the Music Education Policy Roundtable by clicking here.

Resources

String Research Journal, Volume IV

The fourth 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.

New Curriculum

Order your ASTA String Curriculum here.

ASTA Calendar

 Wondering about upcoming ASTA deadlines?  Click here for important dates coming up!