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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AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. You might notice that your normal breathing has become irregular due to the noxious cloud of fear which has descended upon the brusser.

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 benefit of audiences worldwide. Our society would like us to believe that success should be achieved with the minimum amount of work or effort; Bruser guides bruesr through the process of debunking that perception and turning the processes of learning, practicing, and working toward performance back into the pleasures that we all know they are.

It maeeline a brilliant mind of its own. It was a book that resonated with me and I considered my own teachers and which parts they instilled in me and our lessons, and the I really enjoyed that this book was geared towards multiple different instruments and all the points in her ten step practice plan in part 2 could be related to any musician.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Bruser has lots of ideas to bring out the best, most musical playing in everyone, and how to effectively translate that into a performance situation. Bruser served on the Committee for Pianists’ Wellness for the National Conference brusef Keyboard Pedagogy from toand she has retrained pianists with practice-related injuries since Years later, after I had been in her position many madelinr and had extended myself to others who looked shy and uncomfortable, I realized how magnetic my vulnerability must have been to her.

We know that to perform well we need to feel healthy, emotionally balanced, and confident. Are there songs that bring that back? Especially having recently gotten into meditation, I think everything she talks about is very useful and will help my growth as a musician. Find the “unshakable confidence in your musicality” “Passion, confidence and vulnerability are evidence of musical talent” Are you repeating passages in your practice out of desperation to gain “technical security”?


When you become accustomed to noticing every minute detail that yo The most valuable concept I gained was the idea that as you practice you make yourself hyper-aware of your surroundings–instead of trying to tune them out completely. Tune into your heart: That was the correct response. So while helpful, I sensed a large gap between myself and what I perceived to be Bruser’s intended audience; like I had accidentally walked into the advanced workshop where they were all talking about how to better express Mozart when I should have been in a beginners class.

Jun 25, Yennie rated it really liked it. Remember this the next time you find yourself perching uncertainly on the edge of the unknown. All musicians are humans, who are full of flaws and who improve by learning. For all its romanticism and emotional volatility, the music of Chopin is meticulously notated to reveal a sophisticated polyphony that is often highly contrapuntal. Jun 18, Paul Williford rated it liked it.

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

bruder In doing so, we lose touch with our most valuable asset madline artists— the willingness to be vulnerable, genuine, and spontaneous, to communicate from the heart. Let your habitual shell of ironic detachment crack open. Inshe created Fearless Performing, a monthly online magazine featuring articles and videos to help musicians break through to a new level of performance. When that connection is lost, we may even lose our place in the music.

Know this, and take heart from it as you make your particular journey with music.

She has studied the relationship between mindfulness and the artistic process sinceunder the guidance of Tibetan Buddhist meditation master and artist Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Perhaps it should be, I don’t know. So many beuser, like their activist counterparts, become addicted to the adrenaline of public performance, but neglect the humdrum daily practice that makes it powerful. I suggest you don’t buy this book; borrow it at the library, read about her philosophy of prac Kind of repetitive, but it has some important points to make.


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Think of a moment brusfr someone revealed his vulnerable self to you through a shy glance, a quivering voice, a halting gesture, or a warm and touching musical phrase. Feet on floor etc. It can be something as simple as how your hands feel that day. It seems funny to think that you don’t HEAR what you’re doing, when music is, after all, meant to be heard.

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

The book contains many differents ideas, things about piano, violin, viola, percussions and flutes,etc. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The program will also include discussion periods and music workshops integrating physiological, meditative, and musical principles to help you achieve more emotional intensity with less physical tension, balance the activity of playing or singing with receptivity to sounds and sensations, and develop greater authenticity and conviction as a musician.

Eventually I tried out a slightly more plausible explanation. 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 mwdeline practicing. I bought this book when I was looking for directions on how to avoid RSI, after a week of struggling with pain on my right arm.

One message it gave me is to remember to enjoy. Her research on the physiological mechanics of piano playing has included interviews with leading arts medicine professionals in the fields of physiatrics, physical therapy, and hand therapy, as well as with teachers of the Alexander Technique, Body-Mind Centering, and Laban Movement Analysis. We fear life itself, the feeling of our heart beating, of letting music and vital energy flow through us beyond our control.