2021 Transformative Piano Master Class Series

Connecting Mindfulness, Confidence, and Performance

Tuesdays, June 1 to July 6, 1:00 to 3:30 PM Eastern Time
with special session for General Participants on Thursday, July 8

Do you long to feel more free and confident as a performer?

Do you wonder if you’re missing some necessary skill that would help you get past performance anxiety?

Do you feel like something is in your way that keeps you from playing the way you dream of for an audience?

Visualize being able to let go of tension and self-doubt and feel more joy and expressive freedom at the piano.

Imagine knowing that you can rely on a new kind of preparation that gives you more confidence onstage.

Picture yourself making this empowering transformation in a supportive group of fellow pianists who, like you, want to take their playing to a whole new level.

That’s what this six-week series of piano master classes can do for you. You’ll receive an in-depth, foundational experience of Madeline Bruser’s transformative approach to practice and performance. It’s designed to help you overcome technical and musical obstacles so you can perform with more confidence and expressive power.

“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, alum of Eastman School of Music

Unlike any other program for pianists, this series will provide you with the practical support of mindfulness techniques and group discussions, along with intensive work at the piano, to help you trust your body and mind in practice and performance and to maximize your ease and musicality.

Three pianists will be selected through application and audition to work with Madeline for 40 minutes in every weekly class for six weeks. In addition, 15 general participants will be accepted to observe the work, to actively learn the essential mental exercises taught in each session, and to participate in all of the group discussions. These general participants will also be invited to an additional problem-solving session, in which each pianist may bring in a specific musical passage and receive 10 minutes of “laser” coaching to help them play it more easily and expressively.

The series will take place online on Tuesday afternoons from 1::00 to 3:30 pm Eastern Time, with the special session for general participants on Thursday, July 8, from 1:00 to 3:30 pm Eastern.

“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 know that I could still make this kind of transformation and progress.”

— Tang-mei Shieh, alum of Manhattan School of Music


Due to generous scholarships from the Art of Practicing Institute, tuition for the three performing pianists is only $290 for the series.

Tuition for general participants is $75 for the series.

Fill out one of these quick forms so we can consider you for a scholarship.

Application for playing in Master Classes

Application for General Participants