American String Teachers’ Association has a similar program, the ASTA Certificate Advancement Program:
• ASTACAP provides definite goals and awards for all students, from beginner to advanced levels, through non-competitive examinations.
• Students are judged on technical and musical preparedness at specific levels—Foundation Level through Level 10—by an examiner of musical and pedagogical stature.
• Each level is defined by a set of technical and musical goals (for instance: starting vibrato, third position, sense of style), along with corresponding study material.
• Completion of each level is demonstrated at a performance exam. The student plays one or more pieces, an etude, scales, and arpeggios. The student is also asked to sight read (level 2 and up).
Foundation level starts with expectations like
►Scales and Arpeggios (Memory Suggested)
One scale: One-octave D or A major scale, starting on open string
Metronome: quarter note = 60–69
Bowing for scales: Separate quarter notes using half or whole bows.
No arpeggios required.
►Etudes and/or Pieces (Memory Suggested)
Two pieces of at least eight measures showing the use of two or more strings and fingers.
Recommended Goals for the Foundation Level
Good posture: both left hand position and bow hold
Use of half bows or whole bows
Meters 2/4 and 4/4
They also give extensive lists of suggested music for each level. For instance, Level 3:
Examples of Music Suitable for Violin Level 3
Note: Teachers may choose any other works of comparable level.
Anderson: Essentials for Strings (Kjos) ● Brown: Two Octave Scales and Bowings for the Violin (Ludwig) ● Flor: Scales for the Violin (Boston) ● Hrimaly: Scale Studies (Schirmer, Fischer)
Etudes and Technical Studies
Cohen: Superstudies, Bk.1, etudes 9–19 (Faber) ● Doflein: The Doflein Method, Vols. 2 and 3 (Schott) ● Fischbach/Frost: Viva Vibrato! (Kjos) ● Kayser: 36 Elem. and Prog. Studies, Op. 20, Nos. 1–12 (Fischer) ● Levenson: 50 Selected Studies in First Position (Presser) ● Trott: Melodious Double-Stops, Bk. 1 (Schirmer) ● Whistler: Introducing the Positions, Vol. 1 (Rubank) ● Wohlfahrt: Studies, Op. 45 (Schirmer) ● Wohlfahrt: Studies, Op. 74 (Schirmer) ● Wohlfahrt/Aiqouni: Foundation Studies, Bks. 1 and 2 (Fischer)
Applebaum: 20 Progressive Solos for String Instruments (Belwin) ● Bartok: Ten Pieces for Children (Masters Music) ● Bohm: Moto Perpetuo from Suite III #6 (Boston) ● Dancla: 12 Easy Fantasias on Celebrated Melodies, Op. 86, Nos. 1–6 (Fischer) ● Gabriel: String Groove, Ideas for Improvising (vln) (Edgar Gabriel Inc.) ● Green: Playful Rondo (Teres-Ambrosio) ● Huber: Concertino in G, Op. 8 #4 (Fischer) ● Jenkinson: Elves Dance (Stamon) ● Kroll: Donkey Doodle (Schirmer) ● Nagy: Tzigany (Ludwig) ● Perlman: Concertino (Presser) ● Rieding: Concerto in Bm, Op. 35 (Bosworth) ● Ruegger: Concertante in G (Fischer) ● Suzuki: Violin School, Vol. 3 (Summy-Birchard) ● Trott: The Puppet Show ● Barber, Solos for Young Violinists, Vol. 1 (Summy-Birchard)