Become the performer
you dream of being.

I help musicians transform their playing so they can connect more powerfully with their audience.

Maybe this sounds familiar . . .

You’ve had fine training and worked hard.
But still you feel there’s something missing in your playing.

You haven’t succeeded in taking it to that next level.
It’s frustrating.

You long to feel more free and confident onstage and to enjoy performing more.
Maybe you’ve wondered if you have what it takes to be a more powerful performer.
Or if you’ll ever feel like you really belong up there in the spotlight.

Now instead of this . . .

Imagine feeling liberated
onstage—not worried about
what your audience thinks of
you, but just on fire to give them
a vibrant, expressive
performance.

A performance that comes
straight from your heart—from
your vulnerable, authentic self,
and your deep desire to
communicate.

A performance that gives your
audience an unforgettable
experience of their shared
humanity.

Imagine feeling liberated
onstage—not worried about
what your audience thinks of
you, but just on fire to give them
a vibrant, expressive
performance.

A performance that comes
straight from your heart—from
your vulnerable, authentic self,
and your deep desire to
communicate.

A performance that gives your
audience an unforgettable
experience of their shared
humanity.

You can learn how to do this.
You can learn a way of preparing for performance that brings out the best in you onstage.
And the preparation itself can bring you a new level of joy that feeds into your performing.

“Before studying with Madeline I struggled for years with debilitating performance anxiety and frustration. She enabled me to recapture my earlier love for music and performing and to raise the level of my playing to an astonishing degree.”

–Tim Mueller, pianist, alum 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, alum of Manhattan School of Music

Learning to perform with freedom and confidence is a process that reveals
who you really are as a musician and person.

If you’re ready to discover new possibilities in your playing by breaking free of habits that are holding you back, take the first step now, and set up a complimentary diagnostic session.

How does this work?

My teaching combines five essential elements. You learn how to

Eliminate excess physical effort

Use your body efficiently to maximize both power and sensitivity.

Release mental tension

Use mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and increase focus so you can accomplish more in practice sessions.

Deepen your responsiveness to sound

Use awareness techniques to strengthen your visceral connection to sound, so you can be fully present in your performances.

Create rhythmic vitality

Organize notes according to fundamental principles of pulse and timing to create a strong sense of organic momentum.

Connect to your heart

Strengthen awareness of your deepest motivation to perform: this will bring you true confidence and self-trust onstage.

Eliminate excess physical effort

Use your body efficiently to maximize both power and sensitivity.

Release mental tension

Use mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and increase focus so you can accomplish more in practice sessions.

Deepen your responsiveness to sound

Use awareness techniques to strengthen your visceral connection to sound, so you can be fully present in your performances.

Create rhythmic vitality

Organize notes according to fundamental principles of pulse and timing to create a strong sense of organic momentum.

Connect to your heart

Strengthen awareness of your deepest motivation to perform: this will bring you true confidence and self-trust onstage.

Master Piano TeacherHi. I’m Madeline.

I’m a pianist, educator, and author, and I love helping musicians take their playing to a whole new level and give it to the world.

Through my transformative approach – the Art of Practicing and Performing – each musician learns to identify what’s specifically preventing them from expressing themselves freely. Then I work with them on a set of proven techniques to break free of these limitations so they can perform with more confidence and expressive power.

I’ve helped hundreds of musicians, including seasoned concert artists, take their playing beyond what they imagined was possible.

How did I develop this approach?

I started out on track for a concert career, and in my 20s I performed as soloist with the San Francisco and Denver Symphony Orchestras.

But at 29 I had a crisis of confidence. I was getting close to the age limits for the big piano competitions, and I desperately wanted to take my career to the next level. Many people suggested that I play a New York debut recital. So I auditioned for a grant to fund the debut… and it was a disaster. Walking out to play for the judges, I knew I didn’t belong there. When I started playing my hands felt out of control, and I made some bizarre mistakes. I wanted to disappear.

This painful experience made one thing obvious: If I was going to advance in my career, I needed a whole new kind of relaxation and confidence onstage.

A couple days later, I remembered that I’d tried mindfulness meditation the previous year. It didn’t seem to do anything for me back then, and I didn’t stick with it. But now, after this devastating audition experience, I had a vague memory that meditation had calmed me down, and I started thinking that it might bring me the kind of relaxation and confidence I wanted as a performer.

Did it ever.

Meditation helped me relax and focus, and that led me to discover a completely new approach to practice and performance. My playing and teaching radically improved so that my whole musical life became much more enjoyable and fulfilling.

Over decades of teaching I’ve honed this approach to help not only pianists but other musicians as well open up their playing and change their musical lives.

If you’re ready to discover new possibilities in your playing by breaking free of habits that are holding you back, take the first step now, and set up a complimentary diagnostic session.

Here’s to more expressive freedom in your performances!

Madeline Bruser piano teacher

“Madeline is a teacher with a rare gift. There are many teachers out there who can teach you the craft, but Madeline succeeds in making you grow as an artist and a human being.”

–Xose Miguelez, saxophonist, alum of Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Vigo, Spain

If you’re ready to discover new possibilities in your playing by breaking free of habits that are holding you back, take the first step now, and set up a complimentary diagnostic session.

The Performing Beyond Fear Exercise audio

“While what every musician wants most deeply is to communicate without holding back, the moment of performance can be the hardest time to remember how to do that. This exercise allows me and my students to tap into something even bigger than our fear – the goodness and power of the human heart.”

–Nora Krohn, violist, New York

The Art of Practicing: A Guide to Making Music from the Heart

“Give this book to any musician you love and to any person who loves what music does for them and for the world.”

–Richard Stoltzman, clarinetist

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