Albert Einstein said ‘the definition of genius is taking the complex and making it simple.’ If this is true, Debbie Lyle is a genius. Debbie has a rare gift for teaching highly complex concepts in a way that children through adults can receive them with joy and enthusiasm.

Before I knew of Debbie Lyle and the Bornoff String Method, I thought it was a futile effort to teach violin, viola, cello, and bass students without private teachers in a group class setting. Debbie won me over so that I now feel there is actually a great advantage to teaching the fundamentals of violin, viola, cello, and bass technique at the same time in an ensemble class. I highly recommend Debbie Lyle and the George Bornoff String Method. – Ross DeBardelaben, DMA

Educational Outreach

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.


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 teaching skills while exploring tonal patterns, rhythmic variations, shifting, note reading, classroom pacing, and repertoire.

We are always looking for 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 (4-5 days), or Certification Programs (6+ days) experience.  We will help you with all you need to get organized to host an event in your school or town.

Consulting Services

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 about attending or hosting a Bornoff String Workshop contact Debbie Lyle at  or 434-286-8800.

Upcoming Workshops
Spring 2018

March 1-3
Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) – Annual Conference – Boston, Massachusetts
Register for the full conference:
The Bornoff Approach for the School Orchestra – new Primer!
Day and Time TBD

March 7-10

American String Teachers Association – National Conference – Atlanta, Georgia
The Bornoff Approach for the School Orchestra – new Primer!
Saturday, 1:30 pm
Register for the full conference:

Summer 2018
Weeklong Workshops – Bornoff Certification available for qualified participants
June 24-29 –  Virginia
August 5-10 – Billings Montana

Please fill out the application below after submitting payment.


If seeking a scholarship, please fill out the Scholarship Application and provide two letters of recommendation via the link to the Reference Form below. 


Registration: Bornoff Summer Teacher's Workshops

    Pay $150 deposit with PayPal or mail with a check made out to FASE, Inc. to: FASE, Inc. 475 Valley Street Scottsville, VA 24590

 Scholarship Application

Bornoff Summer Teacher's Workshops - Scholarship Application

    Pay $150 deposit with PayPal or mail with a check made out to FASE, Inc. to: FASE, Inc. 475 Valley Street Scottsville, VA 24590
  • Describe your previous pedagogy experience and why you're interested in the Bornoff approach. Please describe why support is necessary.
  • Provide name and contact information for two references (college professor or teaching colleague). Recommendations can be submitted using the online form.

Reference Form

Reference Form

College professor or teaching colleague recommendation for scholarship.
  • How long have you known this applicant and in what capacity? Briefly describe your overall impression of this applicant.
  • Please evaluate this applicant and include your thoughts about their musical, leadership and personal traits. Include information re: interest in and application of string pedagogy.