Thank You!

Thank you x 1,000,000 to outgoing Arizona Study Program Chair, Barbara Stoutenburgh

Click here for a YouTube video interview by ASMTA President, Kassandra Weleck, with Barbara Stoutenburgh. 

General Information

The Arizona Study Program (ASP) was started in 1958 to provide a consecutive and comprehensive plan of music study designed to motivate and encourage the student to strive for growth and excellence.

The Arizona Study Program is a 12-year graded course of study developed by ASMTA to provide for the development of musical Performance, Theory and Technique.

It is organized in terms of the twelve years of public school, with one level for each of the years a student would be enrolled in school. It requires continual work throughout the year and is evaluated each spring by a master adjudicator and a written theory test.  

ASP Committee 2021-2022

Chair Dr. Barbara Russell, NCTM
Immediate Past Chair Barbara Stoutenburgh, NCTM
Secretary Sherry Lenich, NCTM
Treasurer Francisco Naranjo, Jr.
Honorary Member Carol Hill, NCTM
Advisor TBD  
Technology Coordinator Susan Traylor
Administrative Materials Barbara Stoutenburgh, NCTM
Ribbons & Plaques Jill Tabata
Certificates Fran Kaspar, NCTM

ASP Local Chairs

Cochise Karen Miller
East Valley Lara Heeder Holt
  Debbie Saifi, NCTM
  Dr Andrew O’Brien, NCTM
Eastern Arizona Janice Holladay, NCTM
Northern Arizona Rita Borden, NCTM
Phoenix Barbara Stoutenburgh, NCTM
  Tanya Eldridge
  Susan Traylor
Tucson Karen Van Sickle

Evaluation Dates

Local Association Date Location
CMTA May 6-7, 2022   Cochise College
EAMTA April 29-30, 2022 Eastern Arizona College
EVMTA May 13-14, 2022 Arizona State University
NAMTA May 12-13, 2022 Northern Arizona University, School of Music
PMTA May 20-21, 2022 Glendale Community College

May 21, 2022

Phoenix College
TMTA May 7, 2022   University of Arizona

Overview of Process for Participation in ASP

If you are a teacher interested in participating in the Arizona Study Program, detailed instructions and eventual evaluation results are given by way of three (3) packets

Packet 1:

Found here and in your local MTA yearbook, Packet 1 contains the Parent Letter, General Information, Teacher Instructions for Online Enrollment, 2022 ASP Indemnity Agreement, Student Program Form and Materials Order Form and Highlights. 

Please select your local association to download your Packet 1 (in PDF format) —

CMTA Packet 1 

EAMTA Packet 1 

EVMTA Packet 1

NAMTA Packet 1

PMTA Packet 1

TMTA Packet 1

Unaffiliated and Student Members: To access enrollment information, please select the local association above where your students will be evaluated

Fillable Forms from Packet 1:   

“Fillable” PDF Student Program Forms and the 2022 Indemnity Agreement contained in Packet 1 are also being provided here as single forms for your convenience.   See Packet 1 for more information.

Packet 2:

Distributed in late-March or early April by each local association, Packet 2 contains:  further teacher instructions and scheduling; instructions for parents; Confidential Report Form; Student Evaluation Form; Release Form & Reminder Notice; Senior Award letter.

Fillable Form from Packet 2:   

“Fillable” PDF 2022 Confidential Report Form, the hard copy of which is contained in Packet 2, is being provided here as a single, digital form for teachers’ convenience.  For instructions regarding the form, see Packet 2 which will be mailed to teachers in late March or early April.

Packet 3:

Distributed in May, Packet 3 contains evaluation results and awards.

Enrollment Information

  • Each student must purchase a theory workbook.
  • New for 2022!   Prior to enrolling this year, all participating teachers must have the following:
  • Online Enrollment only:
    • Early Enrollment $25 is November 1 to December 1.  
    • Late Enrollment $40 is December 2 to February 15.   
    • With Online Enrollment you have the option to pay by PayPal (PayPal account, credit card or debit card) or by check.   All participating teachers are strongly advised to view the ASP 2022 Online Enrollment Training video, as well as through a link in the October 15th ASMTA MusiEmail.  If paying by check, send one check (payable to ASP) for your class (teacher’s check only). NO REFUNDS OR SUBSTITUTIONS.
    • To Enroll, select your Local Association:
    • For a detailed tutorial, see Teachers ASP 2022 Online Enrollment Training video which will be available here by October 15, 2021 for viewing.  For questions regarding enrolling online, contact Suszy Traylor, ASP Technology Coordinator .  For questions regarding enrollment in general, contact your local association chairperson(s) (as listed above on this page).
    • Also, see Packet 1 (above) for more detailed information. 
  • A student may be enrolled in different levels for theory/technique and performance.
  • Indicate the different levels on all forms and name tag. 
  • Records will show completion of the lower of the two levels.
  • The performance level will determine the time allotment for evaluation.
  • Students may be evaluated in only one level per school year.
  • Levels may be repeated and/or skipped at the teacher’s discretion.
  • Indicate previous teacher(s) of all transfer students if students were previously in ASP.
  • Level 4, 8 and 12 awards are given only for completing Category A. Theory, technique, and repertoire must all be at the same level in the same year.
  • A Level 12 senior student may take the Early theory test after January 1.  If necessary, the Level 12 test can be retaken at the scheduled Evaluation date.  Contact chairman for dates.
  • Notify local chairman in writing of any students dropped or changes in program, level or category.  (Check with your local association ASP chair for possible deadlines for submitting changes.)
  • If a student cannot be evaluated on the above dates, see your local association Packet 1 for procedure. There will be an additional fee for the adjudicator.  

ASP Levels 1-12 Technique Videos!

Login to your ASMTA Member Dashboard, scroll down the page, and click on the link to view the videos.


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