Frequently Asked Questions

General
Competitions/Awards/Contests/Outreach
Membership
Publications
Finances
National Conference
National Orchestra Festival
String Industry Council
Advocacy
AST Journal

General

What is ASTA's mission?

Our Business and Mission:

We provide professional development, career building and support, and a community of peers for all teachers of stringed instruments.

Our Impact and Vision:

Enriching lives through universal access to fine string playing and teaching.

Our Core Values:

  • Community
  • Excellence
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Integrity
  • Passion
  • Diversity & Inclusion

Our Goals:

  • Develop and deliver high-value, timely solutions that support the string teacher and player’s evolving needs.
  • Foster community among string teachers and players.
  • Ensure the organizational future of ASTA for upcoming generations of string teachers and players with membership growth and financial health.


Can I visit the national office?

If you wish to visit the national office, we request that you first make an appointment. Please note we do not have a bookstore. For a list of ASTA publications available for sale, please visit the Alfred Music website.

When is the office open?
Regular business hours for the national office are Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST/EDT. We will post messages to our voice mail system when the office is closed.

ASTA observes the following holidays, during which the office is closed:
New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Presidents' Day
Good Friday
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Veterans Day
Thanksgiving Day and following Friday
Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day

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Competition, Awards, Contests, Outreach

What awards does ASTA offer?
Visit the awards page.

What competitions does ASTA offer?
Visit the competitions page.

Instrument Outreach?
Visit the instrument outreach page.

Who is the national office contact?
Questions? Contact us at 703-279-2113 or asta@astaweb.com.

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Membership

Does ASTA offer health/life insurance?
Yes! As part of our continuing goal to provide members with the best possible benefits, ASTA has partnered with a leading group insurance administrator, Forrest T. Jones & Company, Inc. (FTJ). To learn more, contact FTJ toll-free at 800-821-7303 or visit their website for complete plan information and downloadable applications.

Does ASTA offer instrument insurance?
Members enjoy a special discounted rate on instrument insurance through Huntington T. Block. Your membership must stay current in order to enjoy these valuable savings. Call 202-862-5346 or 855-219-3189 for more information.

I lost my membership ID card. How do I get a replacement?
You can visit the My Profile section of this website (you will need to sign in) to access your membership information on demand. You may also request a replacement ID card by contacting us at membership@astaweb.com or 703-279-2113

How do I change my address?
You can change your address and other personal information on the ASTA website in the My Profile section (you will need to sign in). You may also contact us at membership@astaweb.com or 703-279-2113.

Whom do I contact with membership questions?
Please contact the Membership Department at membership@astaweb.com or 703-279-2113

I don't like getting promotional material, but I do want the American String Teacher journal. How do I make that happen?
To have your information removed from mailings by companies and individuals promoting products and services other than official ASTA business, please send an email request to asta@astaweb.com and request that your name be removed from mailing label/list requests. If you really only want the journal and NOTHING else (i.e., chapter newsletters, official voting ballots, etc.), please indicate this in your message.

I want to be listed in the Studio Teacher Search, but not in other member directories. Is this possible?
At this time we don't have the ability to allow you to pick and choose which directories in which to be included. However, being listed in the Studio Teacher Search does not affect your choice to be included or excluded from mailing label/list requests.

How do I become a member?
You can join online; or fax an application form to 703-279-2114; or contact the Membership Department at membership@astaweb.com or 703-279-2113.

How do I order membership labels?
Contact the National Office to receive an order form. Email membership@astaweb.com or call 703-279-2113 

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Publications

How do I order an ASTA publication?
We publish many string-related publications through our partner, Alfred Music. You may purchase them here.

If I want to publish my book with ASTA, how do I do that?
ASTA is currently not accepting new submissions for publication.

If I want ASTA to sell my already published book/music/CD, how do I do that?
ASTA is currently not accepting new publications for distribution.

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Finances

How do I open my treasurer's report/why can't I open it?
The treasurer’s report is a Microsoft Office Excel spreadsheet. To open the report you’ll need to have Excel installed on your computer.

Why haven't I received my state chapter rebate check?
The state rebate checks are mailed quarterly to the state chapter president. Receipt of the checks is contingent upon the national office receiving several reports from the state chapter. The state chapter did not receive a check because one or more of the reports have not been received by the national office.

What do I need to do/submit to get my rebate check?
Each chapter must have Bylaws and an ASTA Affiliation agreement on file at the national office. In addition, the state chapter treasurer’s report must be submitted semi-annually along with an annual roster of chapter officers. The treasurer’s reports are due February 15 and August 15 for the six months ending December 31 and June 30, respectively. 

Who is my national office contact?
Lynn Murphy is the contact for information and assistance regarding the treasurer’s report. She may be reached at finance@astaweb.com or 703-279-2113. 

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National Conference

How do I register for the conference?
Visit our website for information on the National Conference including dates, ways to register, and places to stay.

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National Orchestra Festival™

What's the difference between conference master classes and National Orchestra Festival (NOF) master classes?
Conference master classes are open only to those who register as a conference attendee. NOF master classes are only open to groups participating in the National Orchestra Festival. Conference attendees may not attend NOF master classes and NOF participants may not attend conference master classes.

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Advocacy

How do I get "Why Strings?" brochures, and how much do they cost?
The "Why Strings?" brochure is available at no cost via download. Download your copy today. You may make your own copies of this document for your recruitment activities.  

Do you have any information/printed materials/websites to help me?
Please browse through the Advocacy section of our website.

Who is my office contact?
For help with advocacy, please contact Susan Simolunas at 703-279-2113 or ssimolunas@astaweb.com

 

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String Industry Council

What is the String Industry Council and why should I join?
You can learn more about the String Industry Council here.

Who is my office contact?
If you have questions about the String Industry Council, please contact Membership at 703-279-2113 or membership@astaweb.com.

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American String Teacher (AST) Journal

How to I get my article in the journal?
All article ideas/inquiries should be directed to asta@astaweb.com. Completed articles for consideration should be sent as an attachment to the email message; MS Word format is preferred. Submission of an article does not guarantee its publication in AST.

I haven't received my journal. What do I do?
Contact the national office at 703-279-2113, ext. 12, or send an email message to Susan Simolunas that includes your name, ASTA ID number, current mailing address, and the issue(s) you didn’t receive. A replacement copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

Can I request copies of past issues?
Yes, depending on availability, members may purchase back issues of the journal for $15 (non-members $25), which includes shipping and handling. To order a back issue, please email Claire Morrell.

Whom do I contact to advertise in the journal?
For more information about advertising in the journal or on the ASTA website, please contact Susan Simolunas.

Where do I send materials to be reviewed in AST?
Each issue of American String Teacher includes reviews of music and books. To be eligible for a review, publishers must be a member of the  ASTA String Industry Council. ASTA currently only reviews music and books, not CDs or DVDs. To submit products for review, please send to ASTA, Attn: Reviews Editor, 4155 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030.

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