Dr. Louis Claussen is an active soloist and collaborative pianist with experience in a variety of styles from traditional keyboard repertoire to providing musical direction for modern musical theatre productions. Dr. Claussen is originally from Springfield, Missouri where he began music classes at age two with Marilyn Lowe, creator of the Music Moves for Piano series. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Thomas Edison State University and a Master of Music degree from Missouri State University. In May 2019, he graduated with his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance under Dr. Mark Clinton at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he also served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Dr. Claussen’s innovative dissertation, From Improvisation to Artistry: A Study of The Piano’s 12 Sides by Carter Pann, involved personal interviews and collaboration regarding the piano music of American composer, Carter Pann. In 2018, the UNL music faculty selected Claussen as the recipient of the Glenn Korff School of Music Distinguished Graduate Artist/Scholar Award. Dr. Claussen enjoys coaching his students toward achieving their greatest potential as pianists and overall musicians.