“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

We believe playing a stringed instrument can change a life. Founded in 1946, the American String Teachers Association exists to support string and orchestra teachers and players. Our members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. We provide teaching resources, professional education, local and national events, a career center, insurance programs, and access to a vibrant and collaborative strings community.

ASTA actively seeks members who want to make a difference in the strings community!

  • Our History

    The American String Teachers Association was founded by a group of nineteen string teachers in 1946, and has since grown to encompass more than 6,000 active members.

  • Mission, Vision, and Core Values

    Our mission, vision, and values outline the work ASTA is doing now and will do in the future to continue to uplift our members and their diverse communities through serving their unique needs.

  • Board of Directors

    The ASTA Board of Directors guides our actions to best serve our members and fulfill our mission as an organization.

  • Committees

    ASTA Committees are formed to spearhead our direction when dealing with specific issues, events, and goals.

  • State Chapters

    State chapters form an integral part of meeting member needs, serving as effective conduits for addressing localized issues.

  • Staff

    Our team plans events, creates resources, and ensures ASTA meets the day-to-day needs of its members.

  • Awards and Recognition

    Learn more about how we recognize our members and chapters.

  • Online Store

    ASTA publications, membership merchandise, and more.

  • Contact ASTA

    Questions? Membership issues? Other concerns? We can help!

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