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December, 21, 2023
03:15 PM - 04:15 PM




Debbie Lyle

Debbie Lyle

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Felipe Morales-Torres

Felipe Morales-Torres

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Orchestra Curriculum: Developing a Map for Your Program

Clinic Synopsis:

Curriculum mapping can be a powerful tool to refine and improve our teaching techniques. Participants will learn how to use mapping strategies and designs to organize their plans around a philosophy that embraces flexibility, innovation, creativity, and most importantly, their personal vision for their program. The process is applicable for beginning through advanced levels and will be especially helpful for aligning programs vertically.

Debbie Lyle - Biographical Information

Debbie Lyle is the Executive Director of the Bornof Foundation for the Advancement of String Education (FASE, Inc.) and has conducted school orchestras in grades five through twelve and directed regional youth orchestras for over 30 years. She was a violin and pedagogy student of Dr. George Bornoff, the founder of FASE, and over the last thirty-five years, has helped realize Bornoff’s mission and vision. She is the author of "The Bornoff Approach – A Primer" and teaches all levels of the Bornoff String Workshops for educators in the United States and abroad. Debbie has presented over 60 clinics for colleges and regional, state, national, and international conferences including, but not limited to National ASTA, National MENC, MTNA, IAJE (string jazz session and performance), NWNafME (WMEA), NENafME (NYSSMA), TODA, TMEA, the International String Workshops, and state Nafme or ASTA chapters in OH, MO, AZ, NC, SC, MA, OR, MN, VA, and GA. Debbie is the recipient of a 1998 DownBeat Magazine Award as director of the “Best Classical Chamber Ensemble,” and MNASTA’s 1999 “Meritorious Orchestra Program Award.” She has collaborated with classical and jazz musicians on behalf of her students and her groups have worked and performed with top musicians such as Darol Anger, Randy Sabien, Turtle Island String Quartet, the Ahn Trio, and conductors Eiji Oue and Marvin Rabin.

Felipe Morales-Torres - Biographical Information

Felipe Morales-Torres has taught school orchestra grades 5-12 and conducted youth orchestras for 10 years. He has a master’s degree in music education and orchestral conducting and is an award-winning educator having earned titles including: “Young Teacher of the Year” (OSTA, 2014), and his district’s “Most Influential Teacher” – twice – in 2015 and 2017, and was a National Finalist, 2019 American Prize in Orchestral Programming. As a Latin-American teaching artist, Felipe is driven to engage diverse student musicians and to make quality opportunities accessible to them. He has recently been appointed as the Assistant Director of FASE, and Director of the "Diverse String Teachers Professional Development Fellowship" program. Most recently, Felipe directed the Washington All-State Orchestra, 2023.