Founded in 1946, the American String Teachers Association exists to support string and orchestra teachers and players. Our members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. We provide teaching resources, professional education, local and national events, a career center, insurance programs, and access to a vibrant and collaborative strings community.
March 20-23 | Louisville, KY
2024 ASTA National Conference
Expanding and Connecting Communities: Come explore the many possibilities for teaching, playing, and engaging in string music making. Co-locating with Suzuki Association of the Americas!
March 21-22 | Louisville, KY
2024 National Orchestra Festival
Middle and high school orchestras who are looking to gain performance experience and recognition on a national level, learn from prominent clinicians in the strings community, and have fun making music!
July 15-16 | ONLINE
2024 Virtual String Teachers Summit
Collaborating and Connecting String Communities: your pedagogical and creative muscles this summer with ASTA! Join us for this 2-day online event to build tools, techniques, and friendships that will support you through the next school year
Become A Member
Be part of an active network of string teachers, performers, orchestra directors, and other string enthusiasts. ASTA has been serving the needs of the string community for 75 years and can become a significant part of serving your needs as well.
ASTA Certificate Advancement Program (ASTACAP)
Over 15 years of ongoing live examinations, ASTACAP has established robust pedagogy and student learning benefits. Learn more about how your students can excel through ASTACAP, including in-person and online examination opportunities.
Explore our Publications
American String Teacher & String Research Journal
American String Teacher (AST) is published quarterly and features articles, teaching tips, music reviews, and association and industry news. The String Research Journal (SRJ) is published annually and features original research related to string and music teaching.
Using Stimulus Funds to Build String Programs in Schools—Learn how educational stimulus funding, the largest investment in public education by Congress in our lifetime, can support your string program. Download the Overview and FAQs and view the webinar recording.