2023 ASTA Virtual String Teachers Summit

July 17-18, 2023  | Online

ASTA is seeking session and research poster proposals to be presented at the inaugural Virtual String Teachers Summit. 

The 2023 ASTA Virtual String Teachers Summit online submission process will be open to accept your session and research poster proposals from November 21, 2022, through January 17, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. PST.  

2023 Virtual String Teachers Summit Theme 

Focusing Forward: Belonging, Wellness, and Sustainability

What pedagogies, practices, and beliefs will sustain our string teaching community moving forward? Join colleagues from across the country as we share ideas, recharge, and refocus for the years ahead. 

Requirements for Session and Research Poster Proposals 

All session and research poster proposals will ONLY be accepted through this online submission process. No paper applications will be accepted. ALL proposals must be submitted by 11:59 pm PST January 17, 2023.  

All session and research poster presenters and co-presenters must be current ASTA members when submitting the proposal and at the time of the presentation and are expected to register for the full conference. Submissions by and including nonmembers will be rejected. You can check membership status, become a member, or renew using this link. 

All proposals must be complete to receive consideration. Proposals that are incomplete or do not meet the guidelines will be rejected. 

Because these submissions are reviewed in a blind, peer-review process, please do not include your name or any identifying markings anywhere in the content of the proposal. 

I. Session Proposals

Sessions will be presented synchronously (live) in a virtual space – Zoom – to allow for interaction and community building around the topic.

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.

Exhibitor Showcase applications (sessions promoting commercial products) are available for purchase and must be reserved separately. Music Industry Showcases are not handled through this platform. To learn more, please contact meetings@astastrings.org

You can learn more about how sessions are reviewed by the ASTA National Conference Committee HERE

Proposal Artifacts to prepare for submission 
Session Title (5-10 words) 
Marketing Description (50-75 words) 
Abstract (250-300 words) 
Connection to the Summit theme (250-300 words) 
Target Instrument(s) 

Learning Formats 
Learning formats support a range of instruction that give attendees the option of choosing different content, materials, and methods that match their objectives.  
**Each session block will be 45 minutes. If you wish to leave time for questions, please include that time in your 45-minute time allotment.  
**For Express Talks, there will be three presentations placed in each presentation block. A 10-minute presentation with a 5-minute Q&A. 

Listen and Learn (45 min) – a blend of lecture-based instruction, interaction, and case studies  
Panel Discussion (45 min) – facilitated conversation with a group of experts and the audience  
Learn and Play (45 min) - hands on learning experience with the speaker; have your instrument ready to join online. 
Express Talk (10 min) – A TED style talk given by 1 person that explores a single idea with practical teaching or performing tips, projects or state/student chapter ideas to exchange. 

Primary and Secondary Focus Areas
What is the focus of the content in your proposal? The conference committee aims to provide a program that serves the needs of ASTA’s diverse community of string teachers. Presenters are required to pick two focus areas of their proposed sessions: one as the primary area for the proposed session and a second as a secondary area.

Collegiate/University - Content covers pedagogy, instructional topics, teacher preparation, and research relevant to higher education professors.  
Community Music
– Content covers topics relevant to community music programs, such as youth orchestra programs, El Sistema, New Horizons, and other community-based ensembles. 
DEI - Content covers topics related to diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and exceptionalities, both in terms of the people in the string teacher profession (teachers, players, learners) and the content covered by the string teacher profession (repertoire, genres, musics, styles). 
Eclectic Styles – Content covers topics related to teaching eclectic or multi-style music, including but not limited to fiddle, rock, jazz, mariachi, and all world music. 
Emeritus – Content is directly related to opportunities and topics for retired and senior ASTA members, such as transitioning into retirement, financial planning, and opportunities to continue to contribute to the profession. 
General – theory, copyright, advocacy, entrepreneurship, mentoring, ASTACAP, non-string players teaching strings, and non-classroom-based technology. 
Studio & Chamber Music – Content covers pedagogy, instructional methods, repertoire, and administrative tasks relevant to private studio instructors.  
School Orchestra – Content covers pedagogy, instruction methods, classroom management, rehearsal strategies, repertoire, classroom-based technology, and other topics relevant to public/private school teachers.  
Student – Content covers topics relevant to attendees who are working toward becoming string teachers and performers (school, studio, performers, scholars), such as completing music degrees, finding employment, or attending graduate school.  
Wellness - Content covers topics relevant to the health and wellness of string teachers, students and players, including but not limited to body mapping, metal health, teacher and student productivity.

Sample Session Topics 
The following is a list of sample topics for sessions to consider for the conference.  

Administrative Support (K-12) 
Building/Maintaining a Program/Studio 
Building Musicianship - literacy and aural skills 
Community Music 
Current Trends in String Teaching, Playing, and Scholarship 
Performance Anxiety 
Repertoire and Teaching Materials 
Research Application 
Standards-Based Learning 
String Maintenance 
Strings for the Non-String Specialist 
Teacher Recruitment and Retention 
Training Future String Educators/Performers 
Working with a Full Orchestra 


II. Research Poster Proposals 

Research Posters will be presented asynchronously. Posters will be hosted on a web page within the summit platform and available to summit registrants during the virtual conference through August 31, 2023. Presentation information will be shared in the acceptance communications. 

The poster session is open to reports of research projects involving any aspect of string playing and teaching, including those that are philosophical, theoretical, or historical in nature, as well as reports that are qualitative and quantitative in design.  

We are accepting reports of research conducted by undergraduate students, graduate students, university faculty, and practicing teachers in public or private schools or studios.  

Proposals may take the form of a full paper or a 500-word abstract that outlines the problem, procedures, and results of the research.  

Proposals should not have been published prior to the conference and must meet the Research Publication/ Presentation Code of Ethics .  

Papers presented at other conferences will be considered if the audience was substantially different (e.g., a state meeting or a university symposium). A statement specifying particulars of any earlier presentation must be included with the proposal.  


Notifications will be sent in March 2023.  

You will be notified via email, so make sure that your email address is correct in the proposal application. 

Accepted presenters will receive complimentary 2023 ASTA Virtual String Teachers Summit registration in recognition of their contribution to the event. 

Accepted sessions will be available for summit registrants through December 31, 2023 

Accepted research posters will be available for summit registrants through August 31, 2023. 
Questions? meetings@astastrings.org