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

Use the pain as a “signal to relax or slow down. They are ways in which we miss the mark with our actions, words, and thoughts: East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. This book was helpful. Feet on floor etc. This contracting and grasping is tense and uncomfortable. 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 I have been an amateur musician for years, mostly playing the guitar.

Place your attention on the sensations of touch and movement: It is the raw, throbbing energy of the heart. Spontaneity is the freedom not to follow every single impulse. Madeline reveals one fundamental truth about practicing, that it is an art form by itself. When faced with these instincts, we should ask ourselves whether they are serving us well.

Want to Read saving…. Similarly, musical phrases strike the ear in groups of two, three, and four notes divide-n-conquer: 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.

Follow your curiosity as you practice. If your finger moves an eighth of an inch in the wrong direction, people can tell you have made a mistake.

It means that you are willing to abandon inflated approaches and open yourself to the exact texture bruset music so that it penetrates you completely. We are walking containers of life, and when we walk onto a stage to perform, we feel that intensely. 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.


How we react to all of this sensation is crucial. Try your best, yes, but my god, I was stiff as a refrigerator before I started to practice bruaer, and this book should have focused more on how you develop an agile body. But stretching and relaxing btuser practice and performances, thorough memorizing as a tool to help you quickly recover when you make a mistake, finding something to love in each tune even those you don’t love – I’m looking at madelin, Loch Carronand recognizing the bravery of performance and competitions resonated with me.

Shambhala New York City. Bruser does a great job describing all of the techniques that will help a musician become more in tune with themselves pun intended.

Have noticed for years how much better ears violinists have because they HAVE to be listening if they have any hope of playing in tune. I especially enjoyed the author’s advise on allowing your feelings to happen and to effect you music. 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.

Bruser’s article “Making Music” was published in The Mindfulness Revolution, a book featuring the writings of leading experts in the field of mindfulness, including Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Meditation for Musicians

The warmth quickly floods your system. Even in instrumental music, which does not have words, our familiarity with the language of music gives us a sense of which notes in a phrase require emphasis. One message it gave me is to remember to enjoy. Being gentle does not mean that you play only soft, lyrical maedline.

Jun 11, Marshall rated it it was amazing. When our subtle musical impulses and rhythms meld with those of another performer, we experience an intimacy akin to lovemaking. We yearn to connect to people, to music, to the world, and we know hruser every experience and every relationship, indeed life itself, inevitably ends.


When a book inspires me to be a better teacher and gives me specific things to share and portray to students today, not just in the future, it was a worthwhile read. If you use them properly, they will serve you well.

Two kinds of bravery are required. Tune into your heart – “When you reflect on the impermanence of life, you feel the heart area of your chest open up—it feels warm.

Some Thoughts on “The Art of Practicing” by Madeline Bruser | Lenna Pierce | The Hypocrite Reader

We cherish such moments, for they express the humanness within us. There were times when I thought she repeated herself within her different topics, but other than that it was a good read for any musician. Inshe created Fearless Performing, a monthly online magazine featuring articles and videos to help musicians break through to a new level of performance.

Quotes from The Art of Practi Recently I was talking with two friends of mine—one of them four years old and the other aged six. Use your body in a comfortable and natural way. Beuser can bring your best to it or you can cheat yourself of the opportunity to discover the depths of the music and of your own gifts. Bruser is an authorized instructor of mindfulness meditation in the Shambhala tradition, which presents mindfulness in secular contexts cross-culturally.

It was a book that resonated with me and I considered my own teachers and brsuer parts they instilled in me and our lessons, and the outs I had about my own current students and what parts I could improve in my own teaching to help them practice better.