A Time for Gentleness

Last Thursday, my brother sent me an article about the coronavirus that stunned me. I canceled my plans to leave on Saturday for a meditation retreat in Vermont and am doing my retreat at home. By Friday I had asked all my students to switch to online lessons. Then...

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Memorization or Intimacy? Laura’s Story

This story describes how our anxiety about having a memory lapse in performance can be overcome by cultivating our natural coordination and our natural responsiveness to sound “I was the kid who sat at the piano for three hours playing and singing every day when I was...

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Unlocking Musical Treasure: Evan’s Story

At a recent lesson with me on a virtuosic piece by Liszt, Evan saw that he was creating unnecessary tension in his arms by holding his elbows out. As soon as he he let them relax, he began playing with tremendous freedom, and brilliant energy leapt out of the piano....

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Beginner’s Mind: Georgia’s Story Begins

This story describes how a musician can begin to develop a healthy instrumental technique by having an open mind and focusing on simple, comfortable movements, rather than overexerting physically or mentally. Although the story is about a beginner, all of us, no...

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Freeing the Body: Laura’s Story

This story describes how simple body awareness can improve your piano technique and transform your playing. Laura was quite tired from lack of sleep due to a challenging event in her family. But she showed up at last week’s live online workshop anyway, ready to work...

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Was I Nervous? My Story

This story describes my own recent experience with overcoming performance anxiety before an important presentation. Thursday evening I had the wonderful opportunity to address a group of pianists in a workshop at Steinway Hall, on a topic that has great meaning for...

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Scared of Change: Marie’s Story

This story, about a student I taught many years ago, describes the kind of dramatic and frightening change that can be necessary in order to overcome performance anxiety. Marie had serious problems with performance anxiety and was ready to try a new approach when she...

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Mindfulness for Pianists at Steinway Hall

An Interactive Workshop with Madeline Bruser, author of The Art of Practicing Steinway Hall 1133 6th Avenue, New York Thursday, January 9, 6:15 - 7:30 pm Free Admission Feel more physically and emotionally free in playing the piano Overcome what’s limiting your full...

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