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About ASTA
We believe playing a string instrument can change a life. Founded in 1946, the American String Teachers Association exists to support string and orchestra teachers and players. Our members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. We provide teaching resources, professional education, local and national events, a career center, insurance programs, and access to a vibrant and collaborative strings community.


ASTA Certificate Advancement Program (ASTACAP)

ASTACAP’s online presence is an important part of our mission. Having established robust pedagogy and student learning benefits over 15 years of live examinations, we want to be sure the examination process (adjudication) is available to all ASTA members and their students. This is the purpose of the online examinations.

The non-competitive philosophy, skill-based goals, and flexible curriculum and repertoire are the center of the ASTACAP program. This is consistent no matter how one takes the examination. Find the details in the ASTACAP handbook here

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