Author of the highly acclaimed book The Art of Practicing, Madeline Bruser attracts pianists and other musicians from all over the world who seek her rare understanding of how body, mind, heart, and perceptions work together in practice and performance, to help them become the musicians they’re meant to be. Many of them study with her in online piano lessons via Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime.
In online piano lessons, students and professional performers receive in-depth guidance in piano technique, and learn to develop more ease, confidence, and expressive power, through Madeline’s unique and comprehensive approach, the Art of Practicing and Performing.
Benefits of Online Piano Lessons
Live online piano lessons have allowed students to receive personal, individualized instruction from Madeline in the comfort their own homes in Spain, Greece, Denmark, Romania, and Borneo, as well as all parts of the US and Canada. Studying online allows them to warm up immediately before the lesson and be fully prepared to play their best.
Another great benefit of online piano lessons is that you can record lessons and review them later, allowing you to catch details you might not have noticed during the lesson and to deepen your understanding.
Equipment for Online Piano Lessons
A strong internet connection is very helpful for online piano lessons. Your Internet service provider can tell you the speed of your Internet connection, and you can greatly improve it by purchasing a cable that plugs into your modem, instead of relying on Wi-Fi. Madeline uses an ethernet cable; your computer company can tell you exactly what cable to use for your particular computer.
Moving a laptop computer to different positions during the lesson can give you varied views. You can also plug an external WebCam into a USB port and position it over your hands at the piano for clear, overhead views. Listening with headphones improves sound quality.
Scheduling a complimentary diagnostic session
If you think you might like to try online piano lessons, you’re welcome to set up a complimentary 45-minute diagnostic session with Madeline to talk about this possibility.
What Madeline’s online students are saying…
“I was fortunate to have studied piano technique online with Madeline. She’s the first teacher I have met who thoroughly knows the subject matter of piano technique, and she helped me actually overcome the technique problems I had acquired in the past. Using the computer, she’s able to see and diagnose your incorrect movements in piano playing. She guides you step by step through the process of how your hands and body need to move efficiently. And she explains and sees in detail what many teachers aren’t even able to do in person.”
— Margaret Wronka Moeckel, pianist, New Jersey, graduate of Manhattan School of Music
“I signed up for lessons with Madeline over Skype, since I don’t live near NYC. During the last two years, my technique and expressivity have been transformed. Madeline immediately helped me improve my posture, and helped me to listen in a way that helped me fall in love with the sound of the piano again. Her kindness and passion for music helped me transform my technique so that I now play with greater ease and understanding. The tension in my back is gone and I now perform with confidence. I can sit tall, trust myself, and share my heart moment by moment in a spontaneous way. I also share what I’ve learned from Madeline with my own students. I enjoy teaching so much more, and my students play with more ease and depth of expression. Madeline treats each student as a worthy individual, and knows how to bring out the best in each of us.”
— Mary Duncan, pianist and teacher,
St. Paul, Minnesota
“I’m enjoying practicing as we did during the Skype session. It’s quite addictive actually! It helped me to feel the music more and not just worry about technical issues. And doing the Performing Beyond Fear exercise before each performance quite honestly transformed my experience of performing. I actually found myself enjoying the moment, and feeling like I could lose my ego to some extent and just give the music to the audience. It’s just turned my way of thinking around about what performance is actually about.”
— Felicity Corrie, cellist, England
Cambridge University Alumna