2021 Virtual ASTA National Conference 

Conference Pricing

  Early Registration
received by
February 1
Advanced Registration
received between
February 2 – March 2 
Regular Registration  
received after
March 2
Member $175 $190 $210
Nonmember $305 $355 $405
Student - Member $65 $85 $105
Student - Nonmember $135 $165
Group Student Rate 
(5 or more student members only, same school,
registered together using PDF form) 
$55 each $75 each $135 each
Deep Dive Workshops* - Member
 $75 --
Deep Dive Workshops* - Nonmember
Deep Dive Workshops Exclusive to ASTA Members
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Deep Dive Workshops* - Student Member
$35 --
All member, nonmember, student, student nonmember, and student group registrations are considered ALL ACCESS passes to the virtual program and include registration to concerts, networking, and connection events + 30 days on-demand access to educational sessions post conference. Attendee access will be unique to the account registered and cannot be shared or transferred.

*Pre-conference Deep Dive Workshops require an additional registration fee; they are not included in full conference registration. Space is limited. Workshops are held live on Wednesday, March 3, 2021; they are not available on-demand at any other time.

2021 Virtual ASTA National Conference

2021 Virtual ASTA National Conference
Welcome to the 2021 ASTA National Conference! ASTA is celebrating our 75th Anniversary in 2021 and we are going VIRTUAL! **Please log in to view member discounted registration pricing. If you are not a member and would like to become one, you can sign up in the membership section on the ASTA website.
3/3/2021 11:00 AM - 3/7/2021 8:00 PM
Where You Are!

2021 ASTA National Conference


Wednesday, 06 March 2019

Body Mapping, The Full Course: Bringing Awareness to String Performers, Teachers, and Students about the Design of the Body in Movement for Healthy, Easeful Playing Human movement is controlled by body maps in the brain, which may or may not be compatible with how the body optimally moves. If we become aware of our body maps, we can change our movement and, therefore, our playing. Jennifer and Judy, licensed Body Mapping teachers (Andover Educators), will lead participants through the full six-module Body Mapping Course in order to help them play more easily and expressively, while avoiding discomfort and injury.
Pre-Conference Sessions
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
3/6/2019 12:00 PM

CANCELLED - Bringing Teachers and Students to the Next Level through Effective Assessment Are you struggling with how manage student assessment, especially in your larger ensembles? This workshop is designed to help school orchestra teachers deepen their knowledge of the value of assessment and basic assessment concepts through a variety of hands-on activities. Topics to be addressed in this session will include: ASTA Curriculum and NAfME Standards connections; assessment approaches (including tips for quick and effective assessment); individual student assessment strategies; and district-level assessment considerations. This hands-on workshop will engage participants in analyzing student work and creating assessments, with a focus on designing rubrics to evaluate individual student proficiency. Presenters: Margaret Berg and Denese Odegaard
Pre-Conference Sessions
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
3/6/2019 12:00 PM

Contemporary String Playing: Groove, Style and Improvisation Whether in school orchestras, wedding bands, clubs, theaters or arenas, string players often live and work in the world of popular music. Luckily, our classical technique can serve as a powerful platform for mastering new skills for new styles. Chopping, ghosting, instant backup voicings, rhythm parts, mastering non-classical vibrato flavors and-gasp-improvising. All these mysteries and more will be revealed! We'll cover a few basic tunes and forms which serve as templates for a new vernacular approach. Bring your instrument and curiosity.
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
3/6/2019 12:00 PM

Spreading the Joy of String Playing: Best Practices for the NSPC String Projects Description: The National String Project Consortium (NSPC) is a coalition of String Project sites that cultivate new generations of highly qualified stringed instrument music educators while also providing stringed instrument instruction to children and adults across the United States. This session will focus on best practices for current student teachers, master teachers, and directors of String Projects. For directors and master teachers, this interactive session will provide directors and master teachers ideas for mentoring student teachers, collecting data for future research, developing curriculum for beginning classes, and establishing multi-level ensembles. For student teachers, this interactive session will focus on teaching private lessons, creating meaningful lesson plans, time management in group classes, and preparing to get a job as a string teacher. Group discussions also include the future of String Projects and building a nationwide community of string teachers. Although many participants will be from String Project sites, it is relevant and open to all educators, administrators, and college students that are motivated to develop and ensure stringed instrument music making within your community.
Pre- Conference Session
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
3/6/2019 12:00 PM

This five hour session will help ASTA State Chapter leaders learn more about effectively leading their chapter, as well as provide an opportunity to network with other state leaders. Lunch will be included with this session. * Session is only open to State Chapter Presidents, President- Elects or if you are a representative attending in their place.
Pre-Conference Sessions
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
3/6/2019 12:00 PM

Explore the pedagogy, process, and materials of George Bornoff's ground-breaking system. In-depth study of skill development including tone production techniques, finger pattern variations, shifting, harmonics, differentiated teaching, and beginning improvisation will help teachers of all levels gain the knowledge, confidence, and flexibility to shape their curriculum to best suit the needs of their school or studio program.
Pre-Conference Workshop
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
3/6/2019 12:00 PM


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 2021 Conference Registration Form
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Registration Terms & Conditions:

Full conference registration includes all conference sessions, connection events, and feature performances March 3 - 7, 2021. **Pre-conference Deep Dive Workshops require an additional fee and are not included in full conference registration. See conference pricing above.**

Consider adding a pre-conference workshop to your registration. **Each of these pre-conference workshops requires a separate registration fee. See conference pricing above.**

Only individuals registered and paid in full will receive login access to the 2021 Virtual ASTA National Conference. Login access information is unique for each registrant and cannot be shared or transferred at any time.

Attendees may register by credit card or check. All fees are in U.S. dollars. If you are issuing a check from outside the U.S., the check must be bank-issued in U.S. funds (not handwritten).

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All checks must be made payable to: ASTA or American String Teachers Association. Check payments via regular mail must be sent to: ASTA, 4155 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030.

Payments are typically processed within 10 business days. Payments that are not received and/or postmarked by the registration deadlines will be subject to additional fees. ASTA is not responsible for delayed mail or incorrectly addressed correspondence.

Purchase Orders: Purchase orders must be paid by February 1, 2021, or the balance will be collected before entry to the conference is authorized.

If you provide payment and require a charge to be reversed to use another form of payment, you will be charged a $50 administrative fee.

All cancellation requests must be received in writing by February 5, 2021. Refund requests received after this date will NOT be accepted. NO EXCEPTIONS. Refunds will be processed after the conference and a $50 cancellation fee per registration will be applied.

If you have any special needs to participate fully in the ASTA National Conference, please email them to asta@astastrings.org.

Registration and attendance at, or participation in, the ASTA Virtual National Conference and its affiliated events and activities constitutes an agreement by the attendee to ASTA's use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the individual’s image, likeness, or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, live chat discussions during education sessions, and audiotapes of such events and activities for promotional purposes.

ASTA will communicate important information leading up to the conference by email, including virtual conference login access, education handouts and resources, and industry partner communications.

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ASTA complies with ADA provisions. If you require special accommodations or need assistance, please contact ASTA at least two weeks in advance of the conference/educational activity. Contact asta@astastrings.org.

Additional information regarding virtual attendance, participation, and platform may be added at ASTA’s discretion.