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Registration fees

Foundation – Level 2 $30
Level 3-5 $35
Level 6-8 $40
Level 9-10 $45


Tucson: May 21, 2022

Location: Catalyst Arts & Maker Space by SAACA at Tucson Mall

4500 N. Oracle Rd #110, Tucson, AZ 85705

Site Director: Laura Tagawa, DMA

Phoenix: May 14, 2022

Location: Glendale Community College

6000 W Olive Ave, Glendale, AZ 85302

Site Director: Claire Gordon

The ASTA Certificate Advancement Program (ASTACAP) seeks to establish definite goals and awards for students of all levels through non-competitive examinations. Students are judged on technical and musical preparedness at specific levels (Foundation Level – Level 10) by an ASTA examiner of musical and pedagogical stature. A certificate of achievement is awarded for each level successfully completed.

ASTA CAP was designed to help raise national standards of string playing and create a nationally recognized system of evaluation.   Wide participation in ASTACAP programs around the country will create a more universal understanding of student progress for string teachers in every venue – private instruction, school orchestra programs, youth orchestra programs, and higher learning institution music programs.

All string teachers are invited to involve their students in this fantastic program that encourages musical growth and achievement.  Teachers have the flexibility of choosing any solo piece appropriate for the corresponding evaluation level (including solos of commensurate level that are not listed in the handbook). In addition, participating teachers are offered access to the ASTACAP Handbook, an extremely comprehensive and valuable resource for repertoire, scale books, and etude books with eleven different levels per instrument!

High standards of excellence are set for students by requiring specific technique that is appropriate for the repertoire of that level.  The evaluation requirements have built-in flexibility and are inclusive of all approaches (Suzuki, traditional, etc.).  Students are asked to demonstrate skills in memorization, scales, and sight-reading. Each student who participates will receive a Certificate of Acknowledgement from the internationally recognized American String Teachers Association.

More information on the national program can be found here.

All participating teachers must be ASTA members.  To join, click here.

The ASTACAP site director will organize all of the student performance times and notify the students directly from that point on.  After the event, student evaluation forms will be mailed directly to you to read and discuss with your students.



Claire Gordon


Laura Tagawa

lauratagawa@gmail.com or (520)461-4537


May 14
May 21