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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Born aloft on a wave of intense emotion, we are attending rallies. Jul 14, Ryan Schmidt rated it really liked it. It is the raw, throbbing energy of the heart. Books by Madeline Bruser. She offers practical techniques for cultivating free and natural movement, a keen enjoyment of sounds and sensations, a clear and relaxed mind, and an open heart and she explains how to Prepare the body and mind to practice with ease Understand the effect of posture on flexibility and expressiveness Make efficient use of the hands and arms Employ listening techniques to improve coordination Increase the range of color and dynamics by using less effort Cultivate rhythmic vitality Perform with confidence, warmth, and freedom Photographs show essential points of posture and movement for a variety of instruments.

Meditation for Musicians with Madeline Bruser | Shambhala Meditation Center of New York

Madeline advocates that we approach practice with a sense of humor. She has studied the relationship between mindfulness and the artistic process sinceunder the guidance of Tibetan Buddhist meditation master and artist Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.


Try to even out brser breathing if bruswr can: Jun 09, Anne-Marie rated it liked it Recommends it for: Exactly what I needed this summer! Far from just detailing the techniques to physically preparing the body for a practice, it sheds light on how to open up one’s inner vulnerability to let the audience to listen one’s music from his or her heart.

This is part-musical guide, part life-coaching guide! Kind of a Buddhist approach to practicing. Ensemble performing celebrates the human heart in a special way.

Available for download now. A performance is in that sense a microcosm of life: Where would we find the will to do so?

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Even the seven digits of a telephone number are divided into a group of three digits followed by a group of four. This book is oriented towards professional musicians who work under tremendous pressure and competition, something thankfully I don’t live with-one of the many good reasons to just play for pleasure instead of to try and make a living!

Notice how they feel. I am “retired” now so have a little more time to devote to playing and am always thinking about how to “practice” both to feel more satisfied with the time I have spent as well as becoming a better musician. As an adult learner, this was my first foray into reading about how to be a better pianist. See what each movement feels like. But it’s very easy as a pianist to be so involved in the kinesthetic, the visual, that you’re not really listening.


In a world of competition and high-stress productivity where musicians and especially music students have set the perfection of recordings as “par for the course,” Bruser reminds all of us that in order to have a musically fulfilling life and career we must find fulfillment in practicing as well as in performing.

When faced with these instincts, we should ask ourselves whether they are serving us well. These styles occur in practicing because they are part of our everyday behavior.

Jun 18, Paul Williford rated it liked it. It has a brilliant mind of its own. She has performed as soloist with the San Francisco and Denver Symphony Orchestras and has taught workshops at the Juilliard School and other conservatories throughout the U. The final section on performing was very moving. Play one note or a few notes. Trivia About The Art of Practi An historical parade of drug addled, suicidal musicians danced past my eyes in the manner of a jazz funeral.

A year ago I started taking piano lessons, which I love.

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

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. None of these rang true to the two small girls. The subject was music lessons: