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

Scottsville,  VA 
United States
http://www.fase.org
  • 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.


 Videos

Bornoff Approach Teacher Testimonials

 Press Releases

  • In 2022, FASE launched a first-of-its-kind professional development program aimed at supporting string teachers from underrepresented communities. The FASE Diverse String Teachers Fellowship offers a robust package of training, resources, mentorship, and community.  

 Products

  • 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.

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  • 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!