Welcome to the Tennessee Chapter of the American String Teachers Association. We are an organization committed to advocacy for education in the performance of violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, and harp. Our membership includes private and public school teachers, professional performers, luthiers, amateur players, and university students and teachers. To become a part of our growing and exciting Tennessee string community, please visit the ASTA Membership page.
The new webmaster is APSU professor Dr. Emily Hanna Crane. Please click the "Contact" button on the left-hand menu to email Dr. Crane for any requests.
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Hello ASTA Members,
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Download the application here: Application
Fee Schedule here: Fees
Sunday, April 13, 2014 (application postmarked by March 7, 2014)
Inez Wrenn SDA School
2337 West Avenue
Crossville, TN 38555
Saturday, April 26, 2014 (application postmarked by March 7, 2014)
2819 Hwy 70 North
Crossville, TN 38571
March 5-8, 2014 Louisville, KYYou can register here: Register
This is a wonderful event for professional development as it is filled with sessions covering string education, performances, classroom experiences, and more. The conference is also a great place for connecting with old friends while making new connections.
About The National Solo Competition:
The American String Teachers Association promotes excellence in string and orchestra teaching and playing. Through its biennial national solo competition, ASTA has helped launch the careers of a significant number of today's most successful artist performers and teachers. Among past ASTA prizewinners, you will find well-known soloists, principals of major symphony orchestras, prominent university studio faculty, and many more! Make plans to join this rich history by entering students in the 2013 ASTA National Solo Competition. Look for more details coming soon.
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Seeking Student Involvement...
Students of the string profession are an extremely important resource to help us pursue ASTA's mission. Do you know of a college or university that could benefit from the creation of an ASTA Student Chapter? If so, please send information to firstname.lastname@example.org. ASTA is currently offering special incentives for starting new Student Chapters.
Tennessee Arts Commission Funds are still available through two Arts Education grant categories:
Teacher Incentive grants provide professional development funds for arts specialists, classroom teachers, roster teaching artists, and school administrators to attend arts integration training or opportunities that will benefit their career. Funds may be used as reimbursement for travel and/or registration fees as well as stipends. Training may include in-state, out-of-state, or international opportunities. Maximum request is $1000. Application deadline is at least 30 days before the PD opportunity begins.
Grant Guidelines may be accessed at
Arts Education Mini-Grants provide funding for one day or short term projects utilizing one of the Commission's approved Artists-in-Residence. Applicants may include schools, school systems, and 501(c)3 organizations. Maximum request is $1000. Application deadline is at least 30 days before the project start date.
Grant Guidelines may be accessed at
F. Michael Combs
Executive Secretary-Treasurer and
Publications Editor for the
Tennessee Music Education Association
865 573-2994; fax 865 577-9584
The mission of TMEA is: To promote the advancement of high quality music education for all.
Certificate Program Exams
The Certificate Program is a framework for the graded periodic assessment of the string instrument student's technical progress and musical development. Through the program, students earn Certificates of Achievement as they complete each level of competency. The program is designed to encourage and motivate students, and to recognize their progress. It is open to all students, preschool through adult.