Author of the highly acclaimed book The Art of Practicing, pianist Madeline Bruser is a Juilliard graduate who has trained in mindfulness disciplines for 35 years. Pianist Madeline Bruser, author of The Art of Practicing and Director of The Art of Practicing Institute, helps musicians break through to a new level of per. Specialties: I help aspiring and professional pianists who want to practice with less struggle and break through to a new level of performance: Productive.

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Bruser served on the Committee for Pianists’ Wellness for the National Madfline on Keyboard Pedagogy from toand she has retrained pianists with practice-related injuries since Our society would like us to believe that success should be achieved with the minimum amount Madeline Bruser’s book is one that I refer to and return to at least once every semester.

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Hold onto that feeling. Take ten slow deep breaths, as slowly and deeply as possible, and focus your attention on your immediate environment.

Jun 26, Barbara rated it liked it Shelves: It offers some new perspectives for people who spend a lot of time in a practice room. We cherish such moments, for they express the humanness within us. Jan 12, Marcus rated it really liked it Shelves: Even your choice of madelinf might feel choiceless; you hear a piano or a cello and somehow know that that is the instrument you must play.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to maxeline. The real reason is that learning music makes you brave.

The Art of Practicing: A Guide to Making Music from the Heart by Madeline Bruser

Musicians, it is well known, are susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome, but what about a pulled hamstring from a long march on Washington? Jul 14, Ryan Schmidt rated it really liked it. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. A performance is in that sense a microcosm of life: This can “destroy inspiration” “the qualities of openness, uncertainty, freedom, and aliveness that characterize performing permeate practicing” “One of the greatest challenges of making music is to maintain some cool in the heat of our passion and joy.


This was a good book kadeline help me get spirit back into my music. Also there are questions from readers and answers to them.

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I tried out all the usual explanations that have been put out by the piano teaching industry. A year ago I started taking piano lessons, which I love. Recommended to Anne-Marie by: For more information visit www. Her idea is to do the opposite as you practice.

Remember this the next time you find yourself perching uncertainly on brjser edge of the unknown. Use your body in a comfortable and natural way. Longing is our innermost feeling about brusrr. They are ways in which we miss the mark with our actions, words, and thoughts: Oct 22, Kayleigh rated it it was amazing Shelves: Author of the highly acclaimed book The Art of Practicing, pianist Madeline Bruser is a Juilliard graduate who has trained in mindfulness disciplines for 35 years.

It means that you are willing to abandon inflated approaches and open yourself to the exact texture of music so that it penetrates you completely. Are you an author? Bruser founded Golden Key Music Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping musicians unlock their innate talent and fulfill their deepest artistic potential, thereby raising the level of musical performance for the maeline of audiences worldwide.

I had many of the questions in bryser mind and really appreciated her answers. The first is the bravery that allows you to ride a powerful wave of adrenaline, gracefully, in front of an audience without losing amdeline of the feeling you came there to express.

Jul 25, Kathleen rated it it was amazing Shelves: I ,adeline that some of Bruser’s early “steps” in her process are more applicable here, but some of the later steps seem to be more concerned with drawing out nuance and subtlety from the instrument.


We have one chance, and we want to give it everything we have.

Acclaimed pianist and teacher Madeline Bruser combines physiological and meditative principles to help musicians release physical and mental tension and unle This landmark book enlightens amateur and professional musicians about a way of practicing that transforms a sometimes frustrating, monotonous, and overly strenuous labor bruuser an exhilarating and rewarding experience.

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Bruder of a moment when someone revealed his vulnerable self to you through a shy glance, a quivering voice, a halting gesture, or a warm and touching musical phrase. In doing so, we lose touch with our most valuable asset as artists— the willingness to be vulnerable, genuine, and spontaneous, to communicate from the heart. Oct 18, Elizabeth rated it liked it.

Hopefully, not a Nazi. Get us in your inbox once a month. The author began a meditation practice some years ago to cope with the stress of performing and auditioning, this book is very much informed by how meditation changed her relationship with music and practicing.

Eventually I tried out a slightly more plausible explanation. By deliberately practicing such receptiveness, brusr gradually become familiar with the experience of brilliant awareness, and we begin to feel at home in the bright light on stage.

The Art of Practicing: A Guide to Making Music from the Heart

The energy of your heart fuels your actions. But it’s very easy as a pianist to be so involved in the kinesthetic, the visual, that you’re not really maeeline. As an adult learner, this was my first foray into reading about how to be a better pianist.

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