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.
ASTA Connect Online Community
Exclusively for ASTA members. An online space to share ideas, ask questions, exchange resources, build relationships, and more. Start collaborating today at
American String Teacher Journal 
Our award-winning, peer-reviewed, quarterly journal keeps you up-to-date on the string profession with feature articles, teaching tips, music reviews, and industry news.
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.
Professional Development
ASTA offers several professional development programs for string educators, including professional development hours and college credit for attending our national conference.
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.
ASTA Website
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 searchable journal archives and video sessions from the ASTA National Conference.
String Research Journal 
Members enjoy online access to ASTA's scholarly publication, the String Research Journal, as well as a discount on printed copies. This peer-reviewed journal includes quantitative, qualitative, historical, and philosophical research relevant to string settings—from early childhood study to the advanced private studio and string ensembles. 
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.
ASTA National Orchestra Festival 
Members and their students are eligible to compete in the ASTA National Orchestra Festival. NOF is the only national middle and high school orchestra festival that combines an orchestra competition with a leading national strings-only conference. Learn more about why your orchestra should attend.
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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