Performance Empowerment Groups

Are you a pianist who wants to become more confident onstage?

Do you struggle to attain a sense of command at the instrument?

Have you feared that you’ll never find the “secret” to performing with ease and confidence?

If so, you’re not alone. I, too, know what it’s like to have extreme stage fright, to feel like I’m not good enough – like I’ll never make it as a performer.

Back when I was 29, I auditioned for an opportunity that would take my career to the next level.

I so wanted to break through to bigger success as a performer by playing for that panel of judges.

But when I walked onstage at the audition, I felt incredibly out of place.

The piano looked too black and too shiny in the bright lights, and the hall felt cavernous.

I felt like I couldn’t begin playing, but I knew I had to. My hands felt out of control, and I made some weird mistakes.

Embarrassed and bewildered, I wanted to run out the stage door and never face those judges again.

I failed that audition.

But this experience sealed my determination to find a way to become relaxed and confident onstage.

And I found it.

I teach pianists how to apply a clear set of principles and practical tools to up-level their artistry. I’d like to help you.

Imagine feeling liberated from self-doubt and discovering more joy and freedom in playing for others.

Picture yourself feeling self-assured and thoroughly engaged in your practicing, and actually looking forward to performances.

Visualize yourself in a supportive group of peers where you can safely explore what’s been holding you back.

See yourself learning new ways to prepare for performances—and discovering a level of confidence you’ve never had before.

“”Until I worked with Madeline in a Piano Empowerment Group I didn’t even know what I was capable of. It’s been life-changing to feel more free at the piano—both technically and musically. And it’s been amazing to be with two other pianists who are transforming their playing along with me. Seeing their breakthroughs has helped me understand more clearly how to change my own playing.”

—Brad Denton, Calgary

“I joined a Piano Empowerment Group because for a long time I felt like I was at a plateau with my playing. I didn’t know how to go forward, and I wanted to feel less anxious playing for others. Madeline’s amazing teaching and the wonderfully supportive small group have changed everything. I feel I am growing in confidence and starting to enjoy playing for people now – a big step forward for me. I have more freedom of movement, and I can just relax and make music.

—Lynne Davis, North Wales

If you would like to grow as a pianist in the company of other pianists who are similarly motivated, the Piano Empowerment program may be the perfect next step for taking your playing to the next level.

Get the details
  • We’ll meet on Zoom every other week for 20 weeks, beginning the third week of September.
  • Once every four weeks, you’ll have 40 minutes of laser-focused work with me at the piano, followed by five minutes of supportive feedback from the group.
  • You’ll get to listen, watch, and learn as your group mates also get to crack the code with their own challenges at the piano.
  • You’ll leave each session with inspiring group energy to carry you forward between sessions.
  • In our private Facebook group, you’ll share your learning process and gain perspective from your peers.
  • Each session includes 10 minutes of mindfulness practice and 30 minutes of group conversation before the 40-minute sessions at the piano.

What’s needed from you

Willingness to commit to your better future.

Readiness for doing the work to take your playing to the next level.

Commitment to fulfilling your deepest desires at the piano.

The investment for the Piano Empowerment Group is $245 per month, with a 6-month commitment. You can take advantage of the upfront pay-in-full savings plan ($1,370 for the six months instead of $1,470, so you save $100). Or you can opt to pay by the month.

The application deadline is September 7.

Fill out this quick application form to take your first empowering step into a brighter future.

Not sure it’s the right thing for you? Let’s talk: schedule a short Zoom call with me to determine if this is a good fit for you.

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