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.
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.
Imagine feeling liberated onstage – not worried about what your audience thinks of you, but instead just on fire to give them a vibrant, expressive performance straight from your heart – from your vulnerable, authentic self – a performance filled with your love for the music and your joy in having the opportunity to share it. 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. She has provided an oasis for my musical struggles.”– Tim 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’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.
My approach integrates traditional conservatory training with mindfulness techniques, principles of rhythmic momentum, and up-to-date information about body mechanics. I help musicians 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, replacing dysfunctional habits with healthy ones that free up your energy and lead you to experience natural command onstage.
I’ve helped hundreds of musicians, including seasoned concert artists, perform with more confidence and freedom than they knew 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 when I was 29 I had a crisis of confidence. I desperately wanted to take my career to the next level, and I botched an audition that could have done it for me. Walking out to play for the judges, I felt I didn’t belong there. Bizarre things went awry in my playing.
What this experience made clear was this: I needed a whole new kind of relaxation and confidence onstage in order to advance my career.
I decided to try mindfulness meditation, and it changed everything.
I learned how to relax and focus, and this led me to discover a 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 42 years of teaching I’ve honed this approach to help not just pianists but other musicians as well.
If you’re ready to take your playing to a new level, take the first step now by subscribing to my free e-zine, Performing Beyond Fear .
Here’s to more expressive freedom in your performances.
“Madeline is a teacher with a rare gift. There are many teachers out there who can teach the craft, but Madeline succeeds in making you grow as an artist and a human being.”
– Xose Miguelez, saxophonist, graduate of Conservatorio Superior de Música de Vigo, Spain