Master Class

What is a piano Master Class?               

A Masterclass can be broadly defined as a class led by one who possesses mastery in any specific discipline. Masterclasses have been a staple learning methodology since 1869. Their invention is attributed to the virtuosic Hungarian pianist, Franz Liszt (1811-1886). Since then, Masterclasses have been held by professionals ranging from experienced instructors to legendary performers, for aspiring pianists all over the world.

Piano Master Class Overview

On April 28th from 4:30PM - 6PM, we are holding our first Master Class for piano students featuring instructor/pianist Kathryn Christensen Lieppman.(see bio below) We will be offering Master Classes for violin, voice and guitar in the fall.


The purpose of the Master Class is to give students the opportunity to have individual pieces coached by an expert pianist, and to benefit from observing the feedback of other participating students. There are four 20 minute slots available and four audit spaces available.


Students will perform a single work from any musical period. Performances need not be polished to recital standards or memorized. However, it is strongly recommended that the selected work be in the advanced stages of learning with musical elements (rhythm, notes, steady beat, expression, etc.) intact. Students are required to remain for the duration of the class. There is a $35 fee for all participants. There is no fee to audit. Auditors are required to remain for the duration of the class. Please let your DMA instructor or Marianne know that you would like to enroll.  


During this session, students will play a selection they have chosen with their instructor at DMA. Kathryn will then provide constructive comments on the performances, thereby creating priceless learning opportunities for both performer and observer; Students will receive individualised and pertinent advice towards refining their artistry, while the audience is able to learn vicariously and experience how a master’s guidance improves their performance and practice. Students experience increased motivation and confidence from the valuable performing exposure.

Kathryn Christensen Lieppman


Pianist Kathryn Christensen Lieppman is sought after as solo performer, chamber musician, adjudicator and teacher. The Sierra Vista Herald declared of her Rachmaninoff Concerto #2 performance, "She truly deserved to have the final bow for that evening's concert...The gracefulness of Christensen was a joy to see, as the composer's notes took control of her as she fingered them on the keyboard. Lightly when needed, powerful when appropriate."


Ms. Lieppman received a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Arizona where she studied with Tannis Gibson and Rex Woods.  She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Rice University where she studied with Brian Connelly. She has enjoyed participating in summer festivals across the United States including Aspen, SongFest, Tanglewood, Interlochen and New England Conservatory's Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice.  


An energetic educator, Ms. Lieppman loves working with students who have varying abilities and interests. She is known for her patience and creativity as a teacher. She has also been on the piano faculty at the Concord Conservatory of Music (West Concord, MA), and The Brimmer and May School (Brookline, MA).  She spent three years on the summer faculty at Camp Encore Coda (Sweden, ME), leading masterclasses, chamber music groups, and private lessons, and has also been a returning piano teacher at the Boise State Chamber Music Camp (Boise, ID) for several years, coaching piano duets, trios, and quartets.

As a masterclass clinician, she has instructed groups of pianists at BASIS schools in Arizona (2009-2011), as well as young pianists in Sierra Vista, AZ as a guest of the Cochise Music Teachers Association (2012). Her students, past and present, come to group classes periodically and perform for each other in a “masterclass” setting.


Ms. Lieppman also teaches early childhood music classes called Clap for Classics! (West Roxbury), co-runs the Music Makes Me Happy Chorus for adults with special needs (Lexington), and accompanies classes for Boston Ballet.