Member Benefits

“ASTA has changed my life! I truly believe I owe a big part of my success and joy in teaching to what I have learned through ASTA.”  Michelle Wilkinson-Nelson, Prairieville, Indiana
State Chapter Membership 
Membership dues automatically include participation in your state chapter. State chapter membership offers many benefits, including local networking opportunities, conferences, workshops, newsletters, and more.
Professional Development Programs 
ASTA offers several professional development programs for string educators, including professional development hours and college credit for attending our national conference.
Conferences with YOU in Mind   
As an ASTA member, you receive a substantial discount on national conference registration fees. Our annual conference is designed to benefit string students and professionals representing all levels and styles.
American String Teacher
Every quarter, our award-winning, peer-reviewed journal keeps members informed of developments and news within the string profession. AST provides feature articles, instrument forums, and regular columns, including Master Class, Member2Member, and Teaching Tips, as well as association and industry news.
Affordable Instrument Insurance
Huntington T. Block is ASTA's preferred musical instrument insurance provider. To contact Huntington T. Block, please call 202-862-5346 or 855-219-3189. Fore more information, visit their website.
Group Insurance Program
Through the Forrest T. Jones & Company, ASTA members are eligible for a variety of insurance coverage, such as educator’s liability, life, auto, health, dental, and more. Visit for details.
Comprehensive ASTA Website
The ASTA website is filled with information about every ASTA program. Whether you are looking for job openings, string industry contacts, awards, competitions, summer camps and conferences, or the latest news, you’ll find it at You will enjoy access to content reserved exclusively for members, such as articles in the AST journal archive and streamed video sessions from the ASTA National Conference.
String Research Journal 
Members enjoy online access to ASTA's newest scholarly publication, the String Research Journal. Hardcopy subscriptions are also available.
Access to String-Related Job Listings
String-related job opportunities are posted to the ASTA website on a continuing basis, providing members with a current list of vacancies in the profession.
National Orchestra Festival 
Members and their students are eligible to compete in the National Orchestra Festival.
Certificate Advancement Program (ASTACAP) 
The ASTACAP program seeks to establish definite goals and awards for students of all levels through non-competitive examinations. Students are judged on technical and musical preparedness at specific levels (Foundation through Level 10) by an examiner of musical and pedagogical stature. A certificate of achievement is awarded for each level successfully completed.
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