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

Chair Barbara Stoutenburgh, NCTM
Immediate Past Chair Elaine Mooney, NCTM
Secretary Sherry Lenich, NCTM
Acting Treasurer Barbara Stoutenburgh, NCTM
Honorary Member Gloria Ritt, NCTM
Advisor Dr. Janice Thompson, NCTM
Technology Coordinator Susan Traylor
Administrative Materials Barbara Stoutenburgh, NCTM
Ribbons & Plaques Grace Yen
Certificates Fran Kaspar, NCTM

ASP Local Chairs

Cochise Karen Miller
East Valley Lara Heeder Holt
Debbie Saifi, NCTM
Barbara Russell, NCTM
Eastern Arizona Janice Holladay, NCTM
Northern Arizona Marjorie Johnson
Phoenix Carol Hill, NCTM
Barbara Stoutenburgh, NCTM
Tucson Karen Van Sickle
Victoria MacDonald
David Desoucey david.desoucey@gmailcom

Evaluation Dates

Local Association Date Location
CMTA May 11-12, 2018 Cochise College
EVMTA May 11-12, 2018 ASU
NAMTA May 17-18, 2018 NAU
PMTA April 27-28, 2018 Az Piano
TMTA May 5, 2018 U of A


December 1:
Enrollment deadline $25 per student. Enrollment after December 1: $40 per student.

February 15:
Student Program Form(s) due (Levels 5 – 12). (See your local chair for any changes.)
End of enrollments
Send Level 12 students’ address and all records to local chair.

March 1:
McCurnin Teacher Enrichment and Certification grant applications due.


Forms provided to every member:
Packet 1 – in Yearbooks and on the ASMTA website. Contains parent letter, general information, enrollment form, student program form, materials order form,  and local association 2017 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.

All of the materials referenced in Packet 1, on the Materials Order Form,  are available for purchase and mailing through your ASP Local Chair (see above).   Some of those same materials are also available (in PDF format) for purchase and download from the ASP Online Store (Shop) in your Member Access portal.

Forms provided to members enrolled in Arizona Study Program:
Packet 2 (March/April): Evaluation Information
Packet 3 (May): Evaluation Results


Janice McCurnin Teacher Enrichment Grant Program

Janice McCurnin Certification Grant Program

Enrollment Information

  • Each student must purchase a theory workbook.
  • Complete and return the Enrollment Form. (See Packet 1 of Forms section above. Copy additional Enrollment Forms if necessary.)
  • Send one check (payable to ASP) for your class (teacher’s check only). NO REFUNDS OR SUBSTITUTIONS.
  • A student may be enrolled in different levels for repertoire/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.
  • 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.
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