MMTA-Minnesota Music Teachers Association
Megan Gilles is a member of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association. The mission of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association is to advance the profession of music teaching through education, certification, networking, and advocacy.
Megan is proud to offer MMTA programs in her studio. Be sure to read about all of these MMTA programs.
If you are interested in participating in one of these programs and Megan has not talked with you about this, please let her know of your interest. In the short time we have together each week, it is difficult to cover everything.
Registration for programs is due approximately six weeks before a program. Costs vary per event. Current year dates for MMTA events are published on the website calendar.
MMTA Challenge Award
Students earn points for participation in a wide variety of MMTA programs.
300 points earns a ribbon
700 points a bronze star
1200 points a silver star
1800 points a gold star
2500 points a trophy
The first level of awards are displayed in the studio. The first and second level of awards are shown on posters in the studio. Check them out! Megan will be keeping track of points earned by students. Awards will be presented to students in the spring of each year.
100 points are earned by participating in:
State Piano Contest Preliminaries
State Piano Finals
Voice and Instrumental Festival
Voice/Instrumental Performance Solo Festival
MMTA Convention Master Classes
MMTA Convention Cabaret
Student Composition Contest
Keyboard Skills Exam
Ensemble Festival (100 points per student, per registered ensemble, up to 200 points per student, per year.)
200 points are earned by participating in:
Young Artist Contest/Young Artist Contest Call Backs
300 points are earned by participating in:
Flute, Guitar, Organ, String and Voice Exams
Comprehensive Piano Exam
Comprehensive piano syllabus exam
Students pair with other students, teachers, or parents to form duos, trios, quartets, or other small ensembles. They then perform as part of a festival recital. A judge writes a critique; but students are not graded or ranked, thus offering a casual, fun environment for students who wish to practice their performance skills. Critiques are sent to teachers the week following the festival.
There is no set repertoire for the Ensemble Festival. Teachers work with their students to select repertoire that is of interest them and to their ensemble. Share your creativity with everyone!
State Piano Contest-Preliminaries/Finals and Honors Concert
State Piano Festival
To encourage performance for all ages by using the State Contest repertoire, MMTA sponsors an annual State Piano Solo Festival. Students who cannot or do not wish to compete in Piano Contest may perform for written comments from a judge. Festival participants are not eligible for Finals, or the Honors Concert. There is no age or category requirement or restriction and there is no theory requirement for Piano Solo Festival.