About ASTA / Mission, Vision, and Core Values


ASTA creates and leads a community of diverse members to advance string teaching, performing, and scholarship.

Impact and Vision

ASTA members are empowered to provide universal access to string teaching, playing, and learning.

Core Values

  • Teaching & Learning. We are lifelong learners and share our knowledge openly.
  • Community and Belonging. We harness the power of collaboration between people and strive to build a place of belonging.
  • Equity and Access. We believe every person should have meaningful access to string education and the opportunity to grow as a musician.
  • Diversity & Inclusion. We value every person for their differences of identity, ideas, and interests, and we actively work to engage with those differences.
  • Integrity. We will be honest and aligned with our values – always.
  • Passion. We approach our work with focus and intentionality of commitment.
  • Excellence. We will always strive to do our very best work in service of our community.


  • Professional Development. Create value through timely and relevant content and professional learning
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access. Harness the power of DEIA throughout ASTA
  • Member Support. Build strong networks of member engagement
  • Sustainability. Improve the durability of ASTA to support string teaching into the future
  • Advocacy. Tell the story of why string education is vital for every student

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