Classical music and teaching have been an integral part of Lou's life since an early age. She received BFA and MFA degrees in piano performance from Tulane University. Her teachers include Peter Mack, Sylvia Zaremba, David Milliken, Jane Bastien, Robert Weirich, Egydio de Castro e Silva, Priscilla Niermann and Doris Hansen (violin). She pursued additional studies in piano, solfège and harmony at the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau and analysis with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. Following her degree, Lou taught at Tulane for eight years, maintained a private studio, and accompanied Doris Hansen's violin studio.
As Co-Director of the Children's Program at the Academy of Music Northwest (Seattle, WA), Lou taught classes in piano, theory, and performance skills, and coached chamber music. In 2014, she performed in Esterhazy Palace's famed Haydnsaal at the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria. Since 2014 she has had a private studio in New Orleans.
Lou actively attends conferences, adjudicates, and speaks to teaching organizations. She has served as a board member of the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans and the Junior Philharmonic Society. She belongs to MTNA, and has served as the LMTA Junior and Senior Competition Coordinator.
Her special interests include pedagogy, chamber music, and teaching contemporary literature to young musicians.