ASTA Mentor Program History
ASTA's national mentoring program grew from the expressed needs of ASTA members, many of whom are the only string/orchestra teacher in their building. The program launched with a pre-conference session in Spring 2016—“Preparing To Be An ASTA Mentor.” During this session, experienced string teachers from across the country learned about the teacher development continuum, mentoring styles, communication strategies, and string/orchestra specific teaching challenges through discussion, video observation, and hands-on activities. Pre-conference facilitators were Dr. Margaret Berg, Dr. Colleen Conway, and Mr. Bob Phillips.
Previous & Upcoming Events
December 19, 2023 - The 77th Midwest Clinic
String Pre-Conference Intensive
More information coming soon!
March 18, 2023 - ASTA eLearning Webinar
Mentoring Conversation Strategies
This webinar is designed for ASTA mentors who serve as student teacher/teacher candidate supervisors, instructional coaches, or ASTA Mentor program mentors. Learn how to be a more effective mentor by using different types of questions during conversations with your mentee that are aligned with their level of teaching experience. During this webinar, participants will evaluate the effectiveness of sample mentoring dialogs and also get a chance to role play different questioning approaches.
December 18, 2022 - The 76th Midwest Clinic
Supercharge Your String Teaching: Strings for the Non-String Specialist
John Clinton, David F. Eccles, Rebecca MacLeod, and David Pope
From the basics of teaching strings to refining your pedagogical string knowledge, this 4-hour immersive session will provide non-string specialists with the information, tools, and resources needed to teach any string player. This informational and practical session will focus on the foundational principles of string playing and teaching. Instrument position, tone production, articulation, bowings, and fingerings will be presented. Participants will select a primary string instrument to learn during this hands-on workshop. The Midwest Clinic and American String Teachers Association have come together to sponsor this exciting opportunity.