July 31-August 5 – Edmonton, Canada Teacher’s Workshop Experience the pedagogy of Dr. George Bornoff in an intense program designed for teachers, college students, and high school students who are considering string teaching as a career. Participants play violin, viola, cello and bass while studying Bornoff’s materials and philosophy. Fine tune your own performance and […]
The Foundation for the Advancement of String Education (FASE, Inc.) was established by Dr. George Bornoff in 1978 to develop and support string teachers through training, grants, and publications.
After his death in 1998, FASE turned its focus to the grant and scholarship initiatives with the hopes and dreams of inspiring students and teachers to strive for excellence, and to provide educational and financial support to help them reach their goals.
In addition to the George Bornoff Memorial Scholarship that is awarded annually through American String Teachers Association (ASTA), FASE has distributed an average of over $60,000 each year to string programs and educators across the country. Grants have been awarded to a diversity of string-related programs, including a growing number of scholarships for Bornoff Teacher Workshops and groups such as Sound Impact (Fairfax, VA), South Florida Youth Symphony (Miami), Music Makers (Madison, WI), Ubuntu Kids After School Program (Dallas, TX), Tucson String Choir, Strings Without Boundaries, Nelson Community Orchestra (Virginia), New Jersey Symphony, Creative Strings Workshops, Meadowmount School of Music, Boston Conservatory, Merit School of Music (Chicago, IL), National Center of Afro-American Arts/Boston City-Wide String Orchestra, Whitman-Hanson School (MA), and the Montana and Massachusetts ASTA state chapters.
A Quick Glance About Bornoff
The Bornoff Approach to string education…
- is based on Gestalt psychology
- uses exercises in cycle form for teaching beginning through advanced techniques
- moves from the large motion to the refinement of small detail
- was designed specifically for class instruction (but works well for private instruction too)
- is about process
- understands that the process is in a constant state of change and adaptation
- is about connections – between the student and the music, the music and the technique, the student and the teacher, and the student within the ensemble
- uses creative review, constants and variables, and meaningful repetition
- focuses on solo performance within a group setting
- uses a collection of bowing and tonal variations that enables the teacher to modify lessons to fit individual class needs and promotes flexibility in performance from the earliest stages of instruction
First formalized and published in the 1950s, Dr. Bornoff’s classroom approach still holds tremendous value for today’s string teacher. Believing that every child has not only the ability, but the right to learn a string instrument, Dr. Bornoff created a finely-tuned classroom approach which can develop conservatory-level proficiency without traditional private lessons.
Extensive discussion with great artists and teachers of his time – Fritz Kreisler, Mischa Elman, Jascha Heifetz, Gary Karr, Marvin Rabin, to name a few – left George Bornoff “determined that it is absolutely essential to teach students artistry in playing as well as technique – and the sooner the better!” His approach skillfully sequences and integrates bowing technique, fingering, positions, shifting, double stops, harmonics, vibrato and more, and through the use of meaningful repetition, nurtures emotional maturity, and creative and technical flexibility, firmly grounded with sonorous tone production and artistic phrasing. Over the course of this next year, FASE will be busy updating our current publications and introducing Bornoff-edited solo and string orchestra repertoire, which, until now, have been available only in manuscript form.