ATTENTION: There are no in-person examinations in May and June 2021. Please go to the National website: www.astastrings.org to apply for the on-line examinations held in June 2021.

PHOTO CREDIT: LESLIE WEBSTER

PHOTO CREDIT: LESLIE WEBSTER

ABOUT THE CERTIFICATE ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM FOR STRINGS (ASTACAP)

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.

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L.E., Private Violin/Viola Teacher, NJ

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HOW DO YOU AND YOUR STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM ASTACAP?

  • Progressive, flexible curriculum
  • Individualized selection of study materials
  • Use in any teaching tradition
  • Non-competitive performance experience, including sight reading
  • Examination by highly experienced, respected instructional specialists
  • Detailed, supportive feedback
  • Exam results provided directly to teachers
  • Collaborate with other students and teachers

To participate in ASTACAP examinations:

1. Join ASTA. Go to astaweb.com 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 astaweb.com, 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. Please fill out a separate application form for each student and you the PayPal button below to pay all fees.

Application Form

ASTACAP Fee



PHOTO CREDIT: LESLIE WEBSTER

Sample examination content:

The following is typical audition content for the first few levels. Please see the repertoire listings at www.astaweb.com 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