2024 Conference Registration is Open!

Why should you attend?

  • Learn innovative teaching strategies and earn professional development hours
  • Hear concerts and master classes
  • Join reading sessions and jam sessions
  • Network with fellow educators
  • Try out instruments, materials, repertoire, and equipment

Click here to learn more and register.

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.

  • sessions available on-demand

    2023 Virtual String Teachers Summit

    What pedagogies, practices, and beliefs will sustain our string teacher community moving forward? Join colleagues from across the country as we share ideas, recharge, and refocus for the years ahead.

  • March 20-23, 2024

    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, 2024

    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!

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.

  • May 2023 issue

    American String Teacher Journal

    The award-winning American String Teacher (AST) journal is published quarterly. It is available to ASTA members as a benefit of membership—the annual subscription price is included in membership dues. Non-members may purchase subscriptions and single issue copies.

  • Back-to-School resources

    Teaching Resources

    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.

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