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The Basics of Bornoff – ASTA MD/DC (Feb. 9, 2020 12:30pm)
February 9 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Studio & Classroom teachers! Join us for an interactive and informative workshop on pedagogy from George Bornoff’s time-tested system! Explore the Bornoff materials and learn how to seamlessly integrate them into your program. Help your students play with better intonation, cleaner rhythms, and a robust, confident tone! Topics covered include tone production and intonation exercises, Cycle Form, creative review, finger pattern variations, note Reading and theory teaching techniques, differentiated teaching, and beginning jazz improvisation. As always, the conversation is tailored to the needs of the participants.
Bring Instruments! Try Materials! Take home samples!
**Some materials will be available for purchase at a discounted rate.
Debbie Lyle, Executive Director of Instrumental Music at St. Anne’s-Belfield School and Executive Director of the Foundation for the Advancement of String Education. FASE, Inc. is a non-profit originally created in 1978 by the famous pedagogue, Dr. George Bornoff. His laser-focused commitment to provide the best opportunities for teachers through training led him to create an incredible institution that provides financial support for teacher education through grants and scholarship programs. Over the last thirty-five years, Lyle has helped realize Bornoff’s vision as an educator and FASE board member.
Debbie Lyle has been involved in the Bornoff teacher workshops as far back as 1976 at the National String Workshop (started by Dr. George Bornoff and Dr. Marvin Rabin) in Madison, WI. It was through these incredible experiences that she became acquainted with other influential masters in the field such as David Becker, Dr. Bob Culver, Dr. Gerry Fischbach, and Dr. William LaRue Jones. During that time, first as a student and then as a young teacher—going by the name Debra Ankney—Lyle began her teacher training career working with colleagues from across the country and Canada at Bornoff’s main training camp in Hanson, MA, the Bay State String Camp.
The Founder and Director of the Arcata Summer Strings camps for students and Bornoff Week-long Workshops, Lyle hosted the camps with Dr. Bornoff and his core of top instructors in attendance in Minnesota in the 1990s. In the early 2000s after Dr. Bornoff’s passing, she continued the tradition in Charlottesville, VA with lead teacher Jennie Chan—Dr. Bornoff’s right-hand assistant for over forty years—as well as with other Bornoff specialists from around the country.
While in Minnesota, Lyle also served as chair of the Fine Arts Department as well as Orchestra Director at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School. She founded the S-SM Jazz String Festival and took her student ensembles to participate as a “wire choir” to jazz band festivals in the Mid-West, coming away with honors such as one of the “Top Big Bands” at the University of Mary Jazz Festival in North Dakota. Lyle was also the principal conductor for the Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestra and the Cannon Valley Youth Orchestras, Newsletter Editor for the American String Teachers Minnesota Chapter’s quarterly magazine, and co-founder of the Minnesota Youth Orchestra Festivals. She received a 1998 Downbeat Magazine Award as director of the “Best Classical Chamber Ensemble,” and the MN ASTA’s “Meritorious Orchestra Program Award” 1999.
While living in Minnesota and since her move to Charlottesville, VA, Lyle has been a clinician and presented student ensembles in performance for many colleges and string education conferences and workshops, most notably: National American String Teachers Association’s yearly conferences since 2012, ASTA state conferences, NAfME bi-annual and state conferences, the Institute for Innovation in String Education, the International String Workshop, the International Association of Jazz Educators conference, Texas Orchestra Directors conference, and more.