The 2018 edition of the ASTA Certificate Advancement Program Handbook is in effect.  Memory is encouraged but not required.  There is an online evaluation option which is accessed through the national ASTA website.  Please use the New Jersey three-page application form that is linked to this page.  Click on the “Learn More” link on this page to find out more about ASTACAP! 

2019 ASTACAP/NJ Exams:

Montclair State University

Upper Montclair

May 19, 2019 (Sunday)

Postmark deadline: April 22, 2019


Rider University


June 1, 2019 (Saturday)

Postmark deadline: April 29, 2019

 Wharton Performing Arts School
Berkeley Heights

June 2, 2019 (Sunday)

Postmark deadline: May 6, 2019



Questions about the Montclair or Berkeley Heights exams go to Leslie Webster,  For Lawrenceville exam questions, go to Jody Rajesh,

Certificate Program

For Strings
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Photo Credit: Leslie Webster

ASTACAP Examination



The Certificate Advancement Program for Strings (ASTACAP) offers eleven levels of graded curriculum and periodic performance examinations — from elementary through the standard concerto repertoire—for violin, viola, cello, and bass. Completion of each level is recognized through the awarding of an ASTA Certificate of Achievement, accompanied by examiner comments. These examinations are not competitive; they are meant to enhance and reinforce the efforts of the average student, motivating them to persevere and even excel in their instrumental studies. This program is fully compatible with both traditional and Suzuki teaching methods.


1. Join ASTA. Go to for membership information. Ask your administrator to help underwrite your membership.

2. Create a tentative examination program for each student, based on what the student is likely to be playing at the time of the examination.

3. Go to, choose the link to the Certificate Advancement Program, and consult the repertoire listings to see which level best fits the students’ examination programs.

4. A week or two before the deadline, fill out the student registration form which can be found at

Sample audition content:

The following is typical audition content for the first few levels. Please see the repertoire listings at for specific key choices, requirements, and the higher examination levels.

Level Foundation
1-octave open string scale
2 pieces, memorized

Level 1
1-octave scale
2-octave open string scale
2 pieces, memorized

Level 2
1-octave major scale and arpeggio
2-octave major scale and arpeggio
1-octave minor scale and arpeggio
1 etude (not memorized)
1 or 2 pieces, memorized