We are excited to share with you that Indiana will host an ASTACAP (American String Teachers Association Certificate Advancement Program) in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This is an annual program which helps assess and motivate the youngest to the most advanced string students (preK-12) with a leveled certificate festival.
Students from the Foundation Level through Level 10 (professional/collegiate difficulty) may participate in this extremely beneficial process to receive feedback, suggestions, and recognition on their stringed instrument studies. The festival provides a very organized system of levels which are available on the national ASTA website under Member Resources: Certificate Advancement Program. The repertoire eligible for use in the festival is very flexible and accessible, having been reviewed at the national level by many well known pedagogues in each instrument specific area. Students and teachers have great academic freedom in literature, etude, and scale selections for the exams, which are designed to be positive experiences. It’s a great way to get more mileage from repertoire rehearsed for ISSMA.
Students prepare their music for the exam with the teacher and an accompanist, if applicable. At the festival, they will play only for the judge without an audience. Some students find this to be a welcome relief where they can focus on their music without cameras and distractions. The judge will then provide feedback on each musical component of the performance and assess if the student has passed the level. When a student passes a level, they earn a certificate for that level. If a student passes a level but wishes to stay in that repertoire track for another year, they would be able to enter it again, with designation of Level B.
We hope you will be able to join us. ASTACAP is running in other states across the nation. It can help validate your teaching even further with your students as they receive feedback and recognition from other pedagogues in a structured and positive format. I have had many successes with students who decided to pursue the certificate program. I really appreciate the literature selected and the latitude teachers are given.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. If you haven’t joined ASTA, we encourage you to do so, but you may still register for the festival as a non-member teacher. Please visit the website www.astaweb.com to explore the musical choices for your students!