The Bornoff Foundation for the Advancement of String Education (FASE, Inc.)  

Scottsville,  VA 
United States
  • Booth: 902

The Foundation for the Advancement of String Education (FASE, Inc.) is a non-profit that promotes the philosophy and pedagogy of Dr. George Bornoff by providing teacher training, classroom resources, and financial support for orchestra programs in underserved communities. We host MANY online and in-person workshops where teachers can receive Graduate or Continuing Ed Credits, and we also work to advance equity through the FASE Diverse String Teachers Fellowship, a professional development program that provides mentorship and resources to early career teachers from underrepresented backgrounds. 

Save the date for our second "National Bornoff Workshop" on July 8-14, 2023!

Check out our Showcase Sessions
Monday • 8:30-9:30 AM
Beginners can do MORE: Agency and Expression through the Bornoff Approach

“Everyone was amazed by the ‘wall of sound’ at our first concert, and my students’ confidence is off the charts!”

George Bornoff insisted that children can perform with beauty and insight and created a system of instruction to foster exploration, innovation, and artistry from the start. Join us and learn how to use the Bornoff Approach
Open String Cycles, Finger Patterns, bowing and rhythmic variations, unison repertoire, and early improvisation for stunning results with your beginners and beyond.

Wednesday • 3:45-4:45 PM

No Lessons Needed: Complete Technique Builders for the Intermediate-Advanced String Orchestra Settings

Close the gap and help ALL your students achieve like never before! Learn exercises and teaching techniques that develop a more mature tone, improve intonation, ensure confident shifting, and establish rhythmic accuracy for individuals while working with the whole ensemble.


Bornoff Approach Teacher Testimonials

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  • (Dec 21, 2022)

    Show off your support for LGBTQ+ students and musicians with our gorgeous new String Pride case stickers! Featuring string instrument bridges in traditional rainbow and inclusive pride flag designs, each design is sized relative to the instrument so they look great on each type of case. View and purchase at!

    All proceeds support our grant and training programs, including the FASE Diverse String Teachers Fellowship.

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    July 8-14, 2023
    University of Arizona
    Fox School of Music
    Tuscon, AZ

    Registration details available January 15 at!

    Join us for a deep dive into all things string pedagogy with a focus on the Bornoff Approach! This in-person workshop features an extensive study of Bornoff pedagogy and materials for teachers of all levels of instruction in class or studio settings. Participants will have the opportunity to track their courses according to their previous Bornoff experience, with choices including instrument and level-specific classes each day. 

    Mornings are filled with pedagogy focused on navigating content and HOW to use the Bornoff group teaching techniques in multiple class settings.

    The afternoons offer a variety of instrument and level-specific sessions where you can select the schedule that best suits your needs. Brush up on thumb position, fine-tune your knowledge of the double bass, work on a fiddle tune, get comfortable with improvisation, or get your vibrato moving! (Extra instruments available for no additional fee.)

    Evenings will be filled with reading sessions, performances, practice-teaching time, and fun-filled relaxing hangout opportunities.

  • The Diverse String Teachers Fellowship (DSTF) is a professional development program aiming to advance the inclusion, retention, and overall success of orchestral music educators from underrepresented backgrounds. The program provides a support system in which teachers of color can connect with peers to share and process their unique experiences, grow their skill and confidence as pedagogues, learn from diverse mentors, and position themselves as leaders in the string teaching profession. 


    Funding and resources are provided so that every fellow can participate in the following:

    • Training – National Bornoff Workshop (two summers, 80 hours total); American String Teachers Association National Conference (24 hours); DSTF Curriculum including Responsive Teaching, Social Emotional Learning, Anti-racist and Decolonizing Approaches, Career Development, and String Technique/Pedagogy (40+ hrs); Graduate credits and CEUs available
    • Resources – Bornoff Approach books, media, and how-to courses; Classroom stipends for sheet music and supplies; Resource newsletter; Partner offerings
    • Mentorship – Individual pedagogy support including school visits and recorded lesson feedback tasks; Career advancement support including coaching and structured leadership opportunities; Personal mentor teacher
    • Community – Private online space for collaborating, sharing, and processing; Monthly virtual meetups; American String Teachers Association membership


    Early-career orchestra teachers (≤ 8 years of experience) who identify as Black, Latinx, Native American, Middle Eastern or North African, and Asian or Pacific Islander. We also welcome teachers on the LGBTQ+ and disability spectrums.


    We welcome nominations for any string/orchestra teacher working in school or community music programs with a demonstrated interest in learning and applying the Bornoff Approach. Nominations will open in February 2023. Learn more at!



  • Bornoff Approach Primer
    A “how-to” guide created for those new to the Bornoff Approach, including detailed instructions to support teachers for whom strings may be a secondary instrument....

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  • Bornoff Finger Patterns
    In Bornoff’s Finger Patterns, the open string cycle, finger patterns, and one-finger shifting provide the repetition needed to master various skills through creative review....

  • All four strings and all five finger patterns are introduced, using détaché, spiccato, staccato, and with slurred bowing variations. Material that would usually be contained in several progressive volumes and covered in several years of teaching is condensed into one efficiently-organized volume. Equally effective for both private teaching and class use, the volumes for the four instruments are skillfully integrated to be useable for heterogeneous or homogeneous classes.
  • Bornoff Patterns in Position
    Continues the skill development begun in Finger Patterns through intensive use of double stops, natural and artificial harmonics, scales and arpeggios, adjacent finger shifting, and rhythmic figures in different positions and different keys....

  • Continues the skill development begun in Finger Patterns through intensive use of double stops, natural and artificial harmonics, scales and arpeggios, adjacent finger shifting, and rhythmic figures in different positions and different keys.
  • Bornoff Boom Cards: Orchestra Ear Training
    Boom Cards are interactive slide decks that students can use to reinforce their understanding of finger patterns, fingerboard geography, note names, and aural skills. Great for individual practice and assessment!...
  • Classroom Posters
    Decorate your classroom or surprise your favorite musician with these dynamic 28×20 inch posters! Choose from 6 designs, or order several in a cost-saving package.


  • Gorgeous paintings rendered especially for FASE, 20×28 inches, and suitable for framing. All proceeds from poster sales go directly to our outreach and grant programs!