The hands-on curriculum for violin, viola, cello, and string bass allows teachers to study George Bornoff’s logical, sequential, and unique approach as it was meant to be experienced: in a classroom situation.
The traditional one-week course is itself a model of Bornoff pedagogy as it is tailored to the needs of the participants since the instructor constantly evaluates progress and paces the class accordingly. Teachers direct the involvement process through creative review and the “large group/small group/solo” technique is used to solidify understanding and competence at each level of pedagogical discussion in the same way teachers will use it in their own classrooms.
Usually offered during the summer, this intense workshop dives deep into the Gestalt theory behind the sequence of bowing (detaché, spiccato, staccato, double stops) and fingerboard technique (5 finger and tonal patterns with bowing and rhythmic variations) found in the Finger Patterns book. Participants are challenged to view their own teaching and students’ learning through a new lens. Correlated solos from Fun for Fiddle Fingers grab students’ interest and allows them to apply what they have learned immediately. Throughout the sessions, points are made on how to use the materials in a multi-level class and for assessment. Participants will play all four instruments, but may choose to focus on one. Teachers often use this time to improve their skills and understanding of their second or third instrument. Follow-up seminars and workshops teach how to use the higher-level materials, particularly Patterns in Position, Pure Technique, and advancing solos. Qualified participants may apply for Bornoff Certification offered for three levels of competency.
One and two day seminars may focus on Bornoff’s approach to specific aspects of performance such as scales, shifting, or double stops. The most popular of these shorter sessions is an introduction to the Open String Cycle and the Five Finger and Tonal Patterns with an eye toward integrating the basic principles of Bornoff pedagogy into an existing program. Strategies for each level of instruction are examined and concrete examples of rehearsal practices are provided.
To get the most out of any of our workshops, participants are encouraged to read Bornoff: Breakthrough for String Education, available for purchase in the FASE store.
Consulting services are available for individuals, or school or community programs. The objectives include evaluation of the current program and training of the faculty in the Bornoff Approach including strategies and materials that can be integrated into the existing curriculum.
On-site consultation can be custom designed to meet the needs of the individual. Clinicians are available throughout the year for visitation to your school or institution, and private instruction for teachers or students can also be arranged.
For more information on how to arrange for a visit at your location, contact Debbie Lyle
We are always looking for fun, new places to bring our programs! Flexible to suit your needs, training events can be designed to give a broad overview (1-3 days), a more in-depth study (4-7 days), or Certification Programs (14 days) experience. We will help you with all you need to get organized to host an event in your school or town.
For more information about attending or hosting a Bornoff String Workshop contact Debbie Lyle