Reviews

Christian Bonvin describes piano lessons with Madeline Bruser

Christian Bonvin “I discovered really an amazing way to move my hands and my body that was very gratifying physically. From the very first lesson I got back in touch with my body, and feeling my hands, and a certain physical pleasure of playing the piano.”
Christian Bonvin, pianist and teacher

“Studying with Madeline Bruser has changed my life as a musician. After earning a master’s degree in piano performance from a major conservatory, I struggled for years with debilitating performance anxiety and frustration. Her teaching has enabled me to recapture my earlier love and enthusiasm for music and performing, and to raise the level of my playing to an astonishing degree. She has provided an oasis for my musical struggles.”
Timothy Mueller, pianist, graduate of Eastman School of Music

“The techniques Madeline teaches are magical. I have better tone and a kind of clarity that is beyond anything I’d ever imagined. I didn’t realize that I could still make this kind of transformation and progress.”
Tang-Mei Shieh, pianist, graduate of Manhattan School of Music

“I began piano lessons with Madeline Bruser after a performance-related injury. Almost immediately, my whole physical approach to the piano became lighter and freer, and I could play again without aggravating the injury. Even more importantly, my mental and emotional attitudes have improved – I have been enjoying practicing again.”
CathY CORCORAN, accompanist

 “Studying with Madeline has been a remarkable process of restoring wholeness to my musicianship, technically and humanly. Her approach, while deeply rooted in generosity and an open heart, is informed by her uncompromising research into the physical demands placed on musicians in general and pianists in particular. She presents specific solutions to problems of technique, yet never loses sight of the precious goal of connecting to the truth of music. I have finally learned how to practice, how to relax, how to listen. I believe that what Madeline has to offer is crucial for our time.”
Susan Buffington, pianist and teacher

“Madeline is exceptional because she understands both playing and teaching on a profound level. And her warm and generous nature allows for an atmosphere in which my creativity and understanding have flourished.”
James Tolley, student

While I originally started studying with Madeline to fix my bad habits and to improve my piano technique, I almost feel like those were fixed incidentally, and that I learned much more important things along the way. Madeline taught me how to really connect with, listen to, and trust myself — both my body and my heart. I regained the confidence I had lost and learned how to create space for myself to grow, not only as a pianist, but also as a person. My playing has improved a lot, and best of all, I enjoy playing now more than ever.
AMY LAM
Madeline is a kind-hearted, warm and caring person. In addition to helping me eliminate the chronic pain in my shoulder, she has taught me how to play with ease and comfort. The sound I produce at the piano is more beautiful and clear, and I enjoy practicing much more than I have in a long time. –
LOUIS YUNGLING, PIANO TEACHER
I went to Madeline after spending many years being unhappy with my playing. I hit a wall hearing the same critiques over and over again: “you’re not connected to the piano, play closer to the keys, play deeper into the keybed, curve your fingers more, etc. Lessons with Madeline has been a transformative process. I’ve gained an awareness of technique, practice, performance, listening, and mindfulness which has transformed not only my playing for the better, but my life. Because of these lessons, I trust in my music making again and I trust in my heart.
JAD BERNARDO, PIANIST AND COACH
Studying with Madeline has totally changed my experience with the piano. I actually enjoy practicing and practice more efficiently. My posture and technique have improved, but mostly, I just feel so much more connected to the music. I am trying to focus on actually listening to what I play, and this helps me to play much more beautifully. I always come out of my lesson exhilarated and eager to apply whatever I have learned. I know that studying with Madeline will take me to the level that is the best for me, and that is very rewarding for me. I also respect her so much in so many ways that I feel like my life has improved as well since she has come into my life.
JILL CARR, PIANO TEACHER
Madeline is an incredible piano teacher. Her approach to teaching piano technique is superb. For those who seek beginning lessons, Madeline ensures that a strong technical foundation is laid. Advanced students benefit from her technical expertise by way of her unique ability to identify subtle technical issues and provide solutions for addressing them. Beyond her knowledge and skill regarding piano technique, she teaches in a student-centered way, ensuring that students connect deeply with the piano as an instrument and the music they play. I highly recommend Madeline to anyone seeking piano lessons. You will not be disappointed.
WM. TODD ANDERSON, PIANO AND DALCROZE TEACHER