Piano Teacher Training and Certification

Certification Process

Madeline Bruser offers two levels of Piano Teacher Certification in the Art of Practicing for pianists. If you live outside of the New York area, you may study privately with Madeline on Skype and attend teachers’ workshops and performance workshops in New York City to suit your schedule.

Level 1 Certification

Level 1 focuses on basic techniques of the Art of Practicing. Those who wish to participate in part of Level 1 may do so on a non-certification basis. Participants pursuing Level 1 Certification will:

  • Pursue piano lessons with Ms. Bruser
  • Observe and participate in performance workshops
  • Practice teaching basic techniques of the Art of Practicing in piano teachers’ workshops
  • Give oral presentations on Piano Technique Streamlining and Musicianship Essentials

Level 2 Certification

Level 2 certification focuses on developing more advanced skills as a teacher of the Art of Practicing. Underlying this work is the theme of working with the student as a whole person and deepening one’s understanding of teaching as a creative dialogue. Participants will:

  • Teach piano lessons to beginning, intermediate, and advanced students under supervision
  • Explore and study the practice of mindfulness and its relationship to artistic and educational processes
  • Perform in concert
  • Conduct seminars on the Art of Practicing
  • Conduct seminars on Mindfulness Meditation for Musicians, Body and Sound Awareness, and the Fearless Performing Exercise.

For more information about Teacher Certification in the Art of Practicing, please call Madeline Bruser at 212-678-9215

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Piano Teachers’ Workshops

Dates TBA, 2 1/2 hours per session
At Madeline’s NYC studio
A hands-on workshop in which each participant learns to teach basic steps of the Art of Practicing by giving mock piano lessons, alternately playing the roles of teacher and student, and receiving feedback from me and the group.

Participants: $180
Observers: $30

To register, please call Ms. Bruser at (212) 678-9215

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Certified Teachers of The Art of Practicing


Timothy Mueller

Other Recommended  Teachers

In addition, Ms. Bruser highly recommends the following teachers who have trained in the Art of Practicing:


Stephen Burns, trumpeter, Artistic Director, Fulcrum Point New Music Ensemble: www.fulcrumpoint.org


Daniel Burdick, tubist, Low Brass Faculty, Edinboro University, Erie, PA




Tal Varon, saxophone, Faculty, Israel Conservatory, Tel Aviv:



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