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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.

Intensive Training Workshops

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“It just made so much sense and I wanted to continue learning so that I could have the same ability to play with freedom that [the instructor] demonstrated.”
— (Participant’s response to Workshop, 2015 dissertation research study)
The biannual Intensive Training Week-Long Workshop has been held since 1996. A 2015 research study revealed that participants found it to be highly successful in helping them understand from a science-based perspective the principles of good coordination at the instrument. It also immerses participants in fundamental principles of good coordination of the whole body at the instrument, muscle awareness and control of sound production. The substance of the workshop is drawn from her national award-winning and internationally acclaimed video, Freeing the Caged Bird—Developing Well-Coordinated, Injury-Preventive Piano Technique, and the Lister-Sink Method. Instruction must be limited to a small number of pianists and organist (minimum 6, maximum 12) due to the hands-on, uniquely individualized pedagogical approach. Highly experienced assistant teachers thoroughly trained in the Lister-Sink Method provide daily additional instruction.

Participants may receive credit toward Certification in the Lister-Sink Method if they so choose.

I. Upcoming Workshops

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 June Intensive Workshop will be offered VIRTUALLY!

June 7-12, 2021

Barbara Lister-Sink, Ed.D., Director & Instructor

Susan Perkins, MM, MAmSAT, Alexander Technique Instructor

For information, contact David Holter at

II. Objectives

  • To develop injury-preventive, well-coordinated technique of the whole body with the instrument
  • To understand the biomechanics of playing, through analytical and kinesthetic exploration of basic anatomy
  • To develop optimal skeletal alignment and efficient muscle use at the instrument
  • To discover & eliminate habitual inefficient body-use patterns
  • To learn the Basic Stroke™ — the fundamental sensations and coordinations of sound production — through the Lister-Sink Method
  • To explore the application of the Basic Stroke™ to incrementally complex repertoire

III. Training Schedule

10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Review of personal pianistic history and technical evaluation
  • Daily small-group instruction in the Lister-Sink Method
  • Daily individualized technical instruction
  • Daily whole-body work (eg. Alexander Technique)
  • Private instruction with Barbara Lister-Sink
  • Other group activities include:
    • Discussion of the history of keyboard technique
    • Viewing & analyzing videos of contemporary and legendary pianists
    • Discussion of pedagogical issues, repertory & progressive steps after the Basic Stroke

IV. Tuition

$425 + $50 Application Fee (non-refundable)

Need-based scholarships and payment plans are available.  For more information, please visit the Lister-Sink Foundation.

 V. Application

To reserve a spot in an upcoming workshop, please complete the Preliminary Registration Form.