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Jamie Poulsen

Instructor of Music- Piano and Music Theory
I love music and I love teaching and performing with students. I really enjoy when a student has a ‘light bulb moment’---and I hope I can continue to inspire those moments!


I have played the piano for 55 years. Although I am a Classical pianist first, I have played and will continue to play and teach all styles of music when possible. Before I began teaching college full-time, I was a full-time composer and producer of radio and TV commercials, plus I composed music for business films and national conventions, including a large amount of music for Disney Business Productions in Orlando, Florida.


  • Music Theory and Ear Training
  • Classical Piano
  • Jazz Piano
  • Piano Improvisation
  • Music History and Appreciation
  • Composition and Songwriting
  • Accompanying all styles of music


  • 21 Addy Awards for local and regional commercial music
  • 11 Telly Awards (national)
  • Best Score at the Iowa Film Awards 5 times
  • First Prize in the 1985 PMMO Sacred Composition Contest out of 185 entries
  • Semifinalist, 2014 and 2015, for the American Prize in Orchestral Composition


  • M.M. in Piano Performance, University of South Dakota, 1985, plus 3 years of doctoral studies at the University of Iowa, 1985-1988.