ASTA Mentor Program

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 Do I Get a Mentor?

ASTA is still accepting mentee applications for the 2019-2020 school year. To apply, please complete this online form. There are limited spots available—applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Applications are due by September 20, 2019. Notifications will be sent in October 2019.


How Do I Become a Mentor?

Mentor applications for the 2019-2020 school year are now closed. To apply for next year, please check back in May 2020.

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

ASTA Mentor Program History

ASTA's national mentoring program is 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.

Meet the 2019-2020 ASTA Mentors