COVID-19 Updates and Resources

ASTA is committed to sharing vital information and resources with the strings community during the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. You can count on us to provide updates and new resources 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: September 18, 2020

Music Community

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. The second release of preliminary results was shared August 6, 2020.

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 Childcare Programs

Resources for Home

Guidance for Small Businesses

Resources for Institutes of Higher Education

Information for Travel

World Health Organization

WHO COVID-19 Main Page

ASTA Resources

 ASTA eLearning – Register for upcoming webinars on teaching beginning string students online (October 22) and taking care of ourselves as string teachers and players during COVID (November 12).

Resuming Instruction During COVID-19: Classroom and Studio – These planning guides offer easy-to-follow suggestions for navigating online, face-to-face, and hybrid instructional situations. Did you miss the August 12 webinar? The recording can be found here.

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

ASTA Collegiate Conversations – Virtual, moderated, interactive discussions for college and university faculty. Future topics and dates will be released in fall 2020.

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

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.

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. 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.

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