2022 Hybrid ASTA National Conference

Call for VIRTUAL Session Proposals CLOSED

Decisions will be sent in December 2021

In 2022, the ASTA National Conference will have a hybrid format — the virtual component of the conference will take place March 23–27, 2022. The ASTA Conference Planning Committee is now seeking proposals for virtual sessions to be pre-recorded and broadcast online during the virtual component of the conference.

This online submission process for VIRTUAL SESSION PROPOSALS will be open September 20–October 19, 2021.

Please read all the details below before starting your proposal. The conference committee is looking for proposals that reflect innovative content, evidence-based practice, and adult learning. All proposals will be considered and examined through a peer-evaluation process.

The conference theme is Celebrating Diversity.


The following is a list of potential session topics for the virtual component of the 2022 Hybrid ASTA National Conference. Please consider these topic areas as well as the conference theme of Celebrating Diversity as you prepare your proposal.

  • Administrative support (K–12)
  • Advocacy
  • Assessment
  • Celebrating the history of string teaching in America (tie in to ASTA 75th anniversary)
  • Community music
  • Encouraging high school students to become string teachers
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Pedagogy
  • Performance anxiety
  • Post-COVID: Facing and healing from burnout in the K-12 public school music teaching arena
  • Practices or research highlighting issues of diversity, equity, and/or inclusion
  • Rebuilding your program
  • String maintenance
  • Teaching strings for non-string teachers
  • Technology
  • Wellness
  • Working with a full orchestra

Instructional Design

  • Stimulate and provoke audience engagement and outcome-focused design
  • Facilitate knowledge transfer and development of new competencies
  • Use methods that draw out relevant past knowledge and experiences

Virtual Learning/Session Formats:

  • Listen and Learn (30-45 min) – a blend of lecture-based instruction and case studies
  • Panel Discussion (30-45 min) – facilitated conversation with a group of experts and the audience
  • Express Talk (20 min) – a TED-style talk given by one person that explores a single idea with practical tips

Target Audience

The conference committee aims to have a diverse program; therefore, there will be a blend of educational sessions that speak to the following audience categories. Proposals are required to pick one as the primary audience category:

  • K-12 – Content covers pedagogy, instruction methods, classroom management, repertoire, classroom-based technology, and other topics relevant to public/private school teachers.
  • Private Studio – Content covers pedagogy, instructional methods, and administrative tasks relevant to private studio instructors.
  • General – Content covers topics related to playing or teaching string instruments that do not fall into the other categories on this list. Examples include advocacy, entrepreneurship, wellness, theory, copyright, non-classroom-based technology, and community music programs such as youth orchestra programs, El Sistema, and New Horizons ensembles.
  • Eclectic Styles – Content covers music styles such as fiddle, jazz, pop, rock, hip-hop, blues, bluegrass, groove, gypsy, Celtic, folk, mariachi, world music, etc.
  • Collegiate – Content covers pedagogy, instructional topics, teacher preparation, and research relevant to higher education professors.
  • Chamber Music – Content covers chamber music pedagogy and repertoire.
  • Student – Content covers topics relevant to attendees who are working toward becoming music educators, such as completing music degrees, finding employment, building programs, or attending graduate school.

Key Dates for Planning Purposes:

  • Call for Proposals Closes: October 19, 2021, at 11:59 pm Eastern time
  • Conference Invitations: December 2021
  • Session Materials Due: January 2022

The Details - Please read all information before submitting your proposal(s):

Speakers will be notified of the status of their submission through the online submission system, so please make sure that your email address is correct.

  1. Primary Target Audience: Who are you teaching? The conference committee aims to have a diverse program; therefore, there will be a blend of education sessions that speak to the audience categories above. Select one and include it in your proposal (required).
  2. Learning Formats: Learning formats support a range of instruction that give attendees the option of choosing different content, materials, and methods that match their learning objectives.
  3. Primary and Secondary Session Topic Focus: What are the primary and secondary topic areas that best describe the session?
  4. Marketing Description (50-75 words): Write a description that ASTA can use to promote the session if selected.
  5. Abstract (300 words; this should be different from the Marketing Description): What will the audience learn? Some of the criteria for the selection committee to consider are the learning objectives to vet content.
  6. Speaker Information: Please include a brief professional biography for each speaker in your session; if you have presented at previous ASTA or statewide conferences, please be sure to include this information here. All speakers must be ASTA members and will need their ASTA Member ID number. To find your ASTA Member ID number, sign in to the ASTA website above (your default user name and password are your email address on file with ASTA). Once signed in, click on “My Profile” and you will find your ID number in your member profile.

Special Notes:
  • The committee will not accept session proposals that are solely performance-based or those that promote individual commercial products. Commercial materials may be used in a session for educational objectives, but they cannot be used for promotional purposes. Taking orders or selling products during the session is prohibited.
  • IMPORTANT: Session proposals will ONLY be accepted through this online submission process. Proposals sent in any other format will NOT be considered. This online portal will be open to accept session proposals until 11:59 pm ET October 19, 2021.
  • All session presenters and co-presenters must be current ASTA members when submitting the proposal and at the time of the presentation. All presenters and co-presenters are expected to register for the virtual conference. We also welcome you to register for and attend the in-person conference in Atlanta, Georgia, March 16–19, 2022. Special package prices will be available for in-person + virtual registration.
  • All applications must be complete to receive full consideration. Applications not meeting the guidelines will be rejected.

We will notify applicants of their acceptance status in December 2021. Please make sure your email address is correct and is where you would like notifications to be sent.

Questions? Please send us an email at meetings@astastrings.org.