COVID-19 Updates and Resources

ASTA is committed to sharing vital information and resources with the strings community during the continually evolving COVID-19 pandemic. You can count on us to provide updates as they become available.  

“Music is one of those things we turn to in times of crisis and times of uncertainty.” - Michelle Heckert via the Washington Post


Resources updated: October 22, 2021

Music Community


NEW! International Coalition on COVID-19 Aerosol Study – ASTA has joined a coalition of performing arts organizations to commission a study on the effects of COVID-19 on the return to classrooms and performance venues. Conversation on mitigations for fall 2021 released August 27, 2021; new published paper released August 31, 2021.

Unified Statement: Arts Education Is Essential – We encourage you to share this statement with administrators and other decision-makers for your music program in your school district; includes talking points.

Delivering Solutions for Instrumental Music Education During COVID-19 – In this May 19 webinar recording, hear from industry leaders including ASTA; hosted by Music for All.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC COVID-19 Main Page

Schools and Child Care Programs

Workplaces and Businesses

Colleges and Universities

Travel


World Health Organization

WHO COVID-19 Main Page


ASTA Resources


NEW!
 Fall 2021 Suggested Mitigation Strategies in the Strings Classroom and Studio – For the convenience of our members, ASTA has attempted to summarize in one place some of the current research available to assist teachers’ planning efforts to reduce risk in the classroom and studio.

NEW! Recruiting Tips and TricksAs schools go back in-person this year, recruiting is more important than ever. Get ideas for thinking outside the box.

NEW! Using Stimulus Funds to Build String Programs in Schools – Learn how educational stimulus funding, the largest investment in public education by Congress in our lifetime, can support your string program. Download the Overview and FAQs and view the webinar recording.

Instruction During COVID-19: Classroom and Studio – These planning guides offer easy-to-follow suggestions for navigating in-person and online instructional situations.

ASTA Connect – Log in to the ASTA online member community to share resources and support with your peers.

Health and Wellness During COVID-19 – This educational resource offers information for both teachers and students.

Instrument Cleaning Tips

ASTA Member Recommendations: Tools for Teaching Remotely

Using Technology in the Studio


SAGE Publishing

Remote teaching resources from ASTA partner SAGE Publishing.


U.S. Small Business Administration


CARES Act – Studio teachers, musicians, and small businesses financially impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for relief. Learn more.



ASTA Industry Partners


Connolly Music Company
Resources to support and inspire musicians, educators, and students. Learn more.


Core Music Theory for String Players
We are offering free shipping on two or more books. Learn more.


Excelcia Music Publishing
We have released our 2020 string orchestra music with a digital catalog. Learn more.



GEWA Music
We are doing our part to keep everyone playing music safely. Learn more.



Givens Violins
Our staff is working remotely to support the string community. Learn more.


Huthmaker Violins
Keeping a Safe Orchestra Room During COVID-19. 
Learn more.


Johnson String Instrument
We are dedicated to supporting remote learning. Learn more.


J.W. Pepper
We have created free content to support virtual learning. Learn more.


Kendor Music
Proud to be a resource for music educators during this time. Learn more.


KRUTZ, Inc.
KRUTZ, Inc. has launched an online platform, Global Strings Alliance. Learn more.


Music for All
We have prepared a new online area for our educational resource offerings. Learn more.


Music Teacher Gifts
My new book, Have Fun with Your Music, encourages students to practice. Learn more.


Yamaha
From free online lessons to daily webinars, explore the resources available to you. Learn more.