ASTA Task Force:
Returning to School During COVID-19


ASTA has convened a group of experts to discuss and develop suggestions for string educators who will be returning to school in the fall.

The primary goal of this task force is to support our members in engaging their students in learning—regardless of the mode of delivery—by providing guidelines for the three possible scenarios: blended/hybrid classroom, online, face to face.

The guidelines will be released mid-summer. Be on the lookout for this important resource.

Taskforce Members

Rebecca MacLeod, Chair
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Kenny Baker
McQueen High School

Steve Benham
Duquesne University

Brian Coatney
Wylie Independent School District

Emily Hanna Crane
Austin Peay State University

Frank Diaz
Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University

David Eccles
The Lovett School

Creston Herron
Klein High School

Michael Hopkins
University of Michigan



Brian Kellum
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, doctoral candidate

Scott Laird

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

Kirk Moss
University of Northwestern – St. Paul

Denese Odegaard
Past President, NAfME

James Palmer
Allatoona High School

Erica Anne Shirts
Duke University String School at Duke University

Laura Talbott Clark
Greenwood School of Music, Oklahoma State University

Mary Wagner
James Madison University