Linda Cockey, Professor of Music, teaches piano, music history, form and analysis and wellness in performance. Her education background includes a DMA from The Catholic University of America in piano pedagogy, a MM degree from Temple University in music theory and a BA degree from Lebanon Valley College in piano performance. She studied piano with William Fairlamb, Susan Starr, Bela Nagy, Barbara English Maris and Thomas Mastroianni.
Linda Cockey is known nationally for her research on musician wellness and her Annotated Bibliography on Musician Wellness, an on-line database on the Music Teacher’s National Association’s website. She is a wellness committee member for the National Keyboard Pedagogy Conference where she has presented her research. She has also done presentations for the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), The Maryland State Music Teachers Association, the Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale, New York and gave a poster presentation at the Performing Arts Medical Associations’ (PAMA) annual conference in 2014.
Cockey is a member of the editorial board for MTNA’s e-Journal (2013-2017) and is chair of MTNA’s Poster Session Review Committee for MTNA’s 2016 conference in San Antonio Texas. A partial bibliography focusing on wellness resources for piano has been included in Famous Pianist’s and Their Technique by Reginald Gerig published, in 2006 by Indiana University Press. Her work in the field of musician wellness led to an invitation to teach at Shandong University in Jinan China where she was a Distinguished Professor in 2012. At Shandong, she taught both undergraduate and graduate piano majors and presented a workshop on Performance Wellness.
Dr. Linda Cockey served as chair of the Music department at Salisbury University from 2003-2012 and under her guidance, the music program received accreditation from the National Association of Schools in Music for the first time. Under her leadership the department more than doubled in student and faculty growth, launched the first music technology track in the state of Maryland, obtained all new university owned pianos and went through two NASM accreditations. In 2012, she received the Fulton School of Liberal Arts Annual Department Chair’s Award for excellent service. In recent years, she has become an accreditation visitor for the National Association of Schools in Music. She also served on the Academic Leadership and Administration Committee for the College Music Society (CMS) and has presented at the National Association of Schools in Music (NASM) on Crisis Management. In 2010 she was invited to write about leadership and her article “A Chair’s Tool Box” was published in CMS’s Newsletter.