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My Day as Examiner for the ASTA Certificate Advancement Program

American String Teachers Association ASTA CAP Program

Yesterday I enjoyed a wide range of music, from 1 octave A major scales to Bruch Violin Concertos, as 24 students of another studio presented their ASTA Certificate Advancement Program (ASTA CAP) exams. As the students played, as a sampling of their year's progress, their programs of scales, etudes and pieces, I dutifully filled out the score sheet and jotted a few words of encouragement and advice. I hope my own students, who present their ASTA CAP exams next weekend, are busy putting the finishing touches on their programs!

The ASTA CAP 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 examiner of musical and pedagogical stature. A certificate of achievement is awarded for each level successfully completed. More info here.


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Featured Dealer: Potter Violin Company


The Potter Violin Shop, Jim Kelly, and Things 4 Strings® accessory display


We are proud to have the support of The Potter Violin Company. Located in Bethesda, MD, Potter's is the largest purveyor of bowed stringed instruments in the mid-Atlantic region.

Generations of music instructors, students and professionals have come to Potter's with the confidence of obtaining the finest instruments, accessories, restorations, repairs and maintenance because of our high professional standards, extraordinary level of service and reasonable prices.  

Thank you Dalton Potter, Jim Kelly (pictured above), and all the Potter Violin Company staff for supporting Things 4 Strings  from 2010!

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Featured Dealer: Alto Music

Alto Music and Things 4 Strings® accessory display


As our first Featured Dealer, we are proud to announce Alto Music!

Jon Haber, Owner of Alto Music, started as an employee of the original Alto Music in 1981 arranging displays and sweeping floors. Jon took over the company in 1989 and has expanded Alto Music into 3 full line New York State locations: Middletown, Wappingers Falls and Airmont. 

Alto Music is one of the top 10 biggest music retailers in the United States and has taken online its store's award winning formula of an awesome selection, low prices and incredible customer service. Alto Music recently caught the attention of American Express and has been featured in a nationwide campaign highlighting Jon and Alto Music. Alto's success has been built on its team of talented people, many of whom have been here well over a decade.

Dealer of the Year 2013, Best Sales Staff of 2013, Best Customer Service of 2012, Best Guitar & Bass Retailer of 2013, Best Recording-Related Product Retailer of 2013, Best Clinics of 2013 *Music & Sound Retailer Magazine

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CelloPhant ® accessory creator Martha Brons Cello Studio Re-Opens!

Martha Brons leads cello workshop


I'm so glad to announce Mom is settled and now able to accept a few new cello students into her studio, recently relocated in West Orange, NJ!

An experienced traditional and Suzuki cello teacher, Martha Brons' passion for cello has excited many students.  Former students are active in many professions, and some have graduated from the most prestigious music schools with music careers.

  Mrs. Brons was awarded the American String Teachers' South Carolina Studio Teacher of the Year Award in 2008.  She was selected by the SC Arts Commission as a Community Tour Artist with.... more


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Mondomusica New York 2014: Wow!

Mondomusica New York 2014


For three glorious days, our string world was all under one roof in NYC: makers, players, instruments, dealers, teachers, artists, presenters!


More from the event Video Gallery here!



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