Welcome to the American String Teachers Association

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


ASTA welcomes Monika Schulz as its new executive director and chief executive officer! Monika is the former chief operating officer of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and has a distinguished career in association management. We are excited to have her on board and look forward to working with her.

"ASTA Standards for Successful School String/Orchestra Teachers" Now Online

Did you know that ASTA has developed standards for string teachers and orchestra directors who are working in K–12 programs? Led by Dr. Robert Gillespie, Ohio State University, the teaching standards task force has recently revised the standards for use in helping to guide evaluations, inform administrators, and provide general insight into what ASTA believes are essential skills and qualities for excellence. Click here to read the standards.

2017 National Solo Competition Announcement

Beginning in 2017, there will be three separate competitions: bowed strings, harp, and guitar. For more information, please click here.

Hot off the ASTA Presses!

Lucien Capet and Superior Bowing Technique/History & Comparison

This new book, by Kelley M. Johnson and published by ASTA, is the most complete biography of Capet and includes a comparison of Baillot's pedagogy and with the bowing techniques of Galamian and Fischer. Order here for just $24.99!

Kudos to Cybèle D'Ambrosio!

Our May 2015 Kudos Award winner is Cybèle D'Ambrosio, from San Francisco, California. Cybèle wrote a beautiful letter upon her acceptance of this award. To read it, please click here.

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! 


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.


Senate Passes Bipartisan Every Child Achieves Act, Expands Definition of Core Subjects to Include Music.

Read the Advocacy Brief 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.

Order Your ASTA String Curriculum

Order your ASTA String Curriculum here.

ASTA Calendar

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