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About the Lister-Sink Institute

The Lister-Sink Institute is an educational organization dedicated to promoting a healthful, well-coordinated keyboard technique to maximize musical artistry and help prevent potential injury at any point in the career.

Master of Music in Piano or Organ Performance & Pedagogy

with an Emphasis in Injury-Preventive Technique – Salem College

“… a multifaceted, interdisciplinary, and holistic program designed to educate keyboardists on many levels—biomechanical, pedagogical, and performance. It offers an intense, intellectually stimulating, performance-oriented educational experience that is tailored to the student’s specific needs. No one who goes through this Program can come away unchanged—as a musician, performer, or teacher.”

Kathleen Shelby, pianist, Maplewood, NJ


This unique master’s degree program focuses on enhancing the performance artistry and increasing the pedagogical skills of each student. As part of the curriculum, students will complete a concentration in injury-preventive keyboard technique. This degree was created in response to a high rate of playing-related injuries among pianists and organists worldwide, often jeopardizing their futures in music. Students in the master’s program will have the opportunity:

  • to MAXIMIZE their artistic potential and professional opportunities through intensive study in performance
  • to GAIN scientifically informed, research-validated knowledge about injury-preventive technique, risk factors for injury, and the field of performing arts medicine
  • to LEARN to teach injury-preventive technique, as well as traditional pedagogical methods
  • to RECOVER (if necessary) from playing-related injuries in a supportive
environment while concurrently working on a master’s degree


Qualified pianists and organists with a BA in music or a BM who

  • would like to further their professional development
  • need assistance with a playing-related injury
  • wish to maximize their artistry through healthful technique


  • Salem College, founded in 1772, offers a residential undergraduate program for women, adult education for men and women, and coeducational graduate studies in education and music.
  • The college is located in beautiful Old Salem, a restored 18th century Moravian village in the heart of Winston-Salem, a thriving “City of Arts and Innovation” in the piedmont of North Carolina.

For more information about becoming a Master of Music Student visit the Salem College website or contact Dr. Barbara Lister-Sink, Director, Graduate Music Program, at