ASTA Mentor Program

ASTA Mentor Program History

ASTA has developed a national mentoring program based on the expressed need of ASTA members, many of whom are the only string/orchestra teacher in their building. The program launched in Spring 2016 with the pre-conference session “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.


What is the ASTA Mentor Program?

ASTA recognizes that early career teachers (mentees) in their first five years of teaching would benefit from a program where highly qualified string specialists serve as mentors. The ASTA Mentor Program is designed to connect early career teachers who desire additional guidance on their teaching with experienced school string/orchestra teachers. The ASTA Mentor Program committee will connect mentees with a qualified mentor based on mentee areas of interest and mentor background. The mentee and mentor can communicate through email, telephone, video chat, or in some cases face-to-face. Teaching observations (live or via video) may be included in mentor-mentee discussions. Some mentor-mentees also meet at the annual ASTA national conference.  


How can I get a mentor?

ASTA is now accepting mentee applications for the 2018-2019 school year. Please download the form below. There is a limited number of mentors available, so applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

The mentee application process is closed for the 2018-2019 school year. Check back in spring 2019 to apply for the 2019-2020 school year


How do I become a mentor?

Mentors are selected based on prior mentoring experiences and ASTA mentee needs. ASTA mentors are required to participate in at least one of the online mentor training sessions that will be scheduled several times throughout the school year.

The mentor application process is closed for the 2018-2019 school year
. Check back in spring 2019 to apply for the 2019-2020 school year.

2018 Mentee Application
(Adobe PDF File)