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News


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.

Now Available: Streaming 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.

Kudos to Andrea L. Meyers!

The most recent winner in our Kudos member recognition program is Andrea L. Meyers. As a 38-year member of ASTA, as you can imagine, Andrea has had a hand in so many organization programs and events. Read more about Andrea in the May issue of American String Teacher, or 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!

Thank You for Attending the 2014 Conference

It was great seeing everyone at the conference in Louisville.  Click here to view pictures from this amazing event.

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.

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.

Resources

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.

New Curriculum

Order your ASTA String Curriculum here.

ASTA Calendar

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