Dr. Dan Musselman is a talented keyboardist, composer and educator. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Composition from the University of Minnesota, and a B.M. in Piano Performance from McNally Smith College of Music. Musselman has released three albums of original compositions and arrangements: Ruminations (2008); which contains all original improvised material on the piano and has over 200,000 plays on internet radio, Devotion (2013); a jazz trio/quartet album which has aired on over 240 radio stations internationally and features a suite of pieces that reflect the Bible, and A Modern Christmas; his dissertation project which contains “recompositions” of sacred Christmas hymns.
Musselman has led his own ensembles at several major venues in the Twin Cities, including the Artists’ Quarter and the Dakota Jazz Club, and performs annually at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. He is a keyboardist for River Valley Church, one of the largest and fastest growing churches in the country, and also plays regularly for Wooddale Church. Musselman has written two books: Ear Training for the Modern Musician, Book 1 and 2 — both of which are in use at McNally Smith (Book 3 is nearing completion). Additionally, he has received many commissions for compositions/arrangements from organizations such as the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the University of Minnesota, and the men’s chorus Cantus.
Dan has been teaching piano lessons since age 16 and became a faculty member at McNally Smith in 2009.