Welcome to the American String Teachers Association

"To enrich lives through the joy of teaching and playing stringed instruments."

The American String Teachers Association (ASTA) has retained Sterling Martin Associates to search for its next Executive Director. The position is located in Fairfax, Virginia. For more information, please click here.


Don’t miss the April 1 deadline for our Potter’s Violin Instrument Award program!

ASTA has long enjoyed the support of Potter’s Violins sponsoring our Potter’s Violin Instrument Awards. Twice a year, three promising young musicians benefit from Potter’s generosity, and are awarded new instruments. Our three winners selected from the October 1, 2014 deadline are:
Alex Dilley, age 16, cello, from Glencoe, Alabama
Javiette Johnson, age 16, cello, from Orlando, Florida
Anna Grace Minion, age 15, viola, from Bolingbrook, Illinois

Anna Minion, one of our most recent Potter’s Violins Instrument Awards recipients, and her new viola!
We’re looking for applications from your outstanding students that could benefit from this program… the application deadline is April 1! Please click here for more information on the program, and our most recent winners, as well as a link to the application.

CodaBows Outreach - Application deadline April 1!

Chaparral High School students, and their director, ASTA member John Ficarrotta, enjoy their new bows from our CodaBows for America program. Click here to learn how your school can apply. Application deadline is April 1!

Kudos to Barbara Brothers!

Our February 2015 Kudos Award winner is Barbara Brothers, from Niskayuna, New York. As Manning wrote in her nomination, “she has made the difference in thousands of children’s lives with her expert and caring teaching in Saratoga Springs, New York.” For more information about Barbara, please click here.

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!  


Three ASTA members are Grammy finalists!

ASTA members named as finalists are Steven Acciani, Charles Cushinery and Debra Reilly! For more information, click here.

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.


Music Education Policy Roundtable

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


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!