Megan Gilles Music Studio

Willmar, MN
Phone:  320-220-4006
Email:  [email protected]


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Rice Luncheon 2015

Posted by Megan Gilles on October 25, 2015 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The Rice Luncheon will be held-November 14th.  Students from Megan Gilles Music Studio will perform from 1-2PM.

This year's Holiday Festival will support Pediatric Rehabilitation Services.  Read below for more information.  This is a great way for students to share their gifts with their community. 

2015 Holiday Festival


Pediatric Rehabilitation Services



Rice Memorial Hospital is planning to add a new facility that will offer all rehabilitation and therapy services under one roof—cardiac and pulmonary rehab, physical, occupational, speech and other specialized therapies. Providing all services in a single location on the Rice campus will improve efficiency, increase access, and help patients achieve their full rehabilitation potential.


The goal of the 2015 Holiday Festival is to raise $200,000 to support Pediatric Rehab Services by providing a space in the new building for our youngest patients. Over the last two years, Rice Therapists logged 12,652 pediatric visits. We will be helping hundreds of children who need rehabilitation and therapy interventions to improve their lives.




The Foundation is launching the Restoring Health . . . Restoring Hope campaign to raise $1.5 million to make the pediatric rehab space a reality. We have received a $500k challenge gift to match by November 30th. All gifts to the 2015 Holiday Festival will count toward meeting this challenge.



Thank You!


Together, we will restore the health and hope for children and their families in west central Minnesota and beyond.


Piano Adventures Player App

Posted by Megan Gilles on October 15, 2015 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

This was in the October/November 2015 issue of American Music Teacher

Many of my students use Piano Adventures or the "Faber" books.  This might be a good learning resource for those of you who have these technologies.  I do not have one of these tools yet.  We will have to see how finances are by Christmas time.  Hopefully Avian Flu will not hit Jennie O Turkey Store too badly this fall or at all so they are able to finish out 2015 successfully.  Maybe there will still be a bonus??  If not, we will wait some more.  Maybe I can pick up a few more sub jobs playing at area churches or funerals to bring in a little extra money to help out.  Well until then...For those of you with this Technology-Enjoy!

Piano Adventures Player App; Free

Nancy and Randall Faber, authors and experts in teh field of piano pedagogy, have released a new mobile app for Apple iPhone and iPad.  The app provides interactive accompaniments and play-along tracks for Piano Adventures lesson, technique and performance books, bringing an orchestra, jazz ensemble and rock band to mobile devices.  Combining decades of pedagogical testing and research with the convenience of a full MIDI player, the app is an exciting new supplement to the Piano Adventures print library.

Piano Adventures Player works like a jukebox to accompany any accoustic piano or digital keyboard.  Three screen views provide different modes of interactive learning-Keyboard view with moving highlights to reinforce the student part, Notation view highlights your place in the score and Mixer View lets you adjust the volume and balance on four different channels-left hand, right hand, accompaniment and emtronome.  State-of-the art instrumental sound samples deliver premium sound quality with a user interface that is elegantly designed and appropriate for all ages and instructional levels.

Practice tools include Loop Mode in Score view, to set repeats at desired locations to rehearse difficult sections.  Easily change tempo at any time with the pop-up Tempo Slider.  Connect to a MIDI keyboard for additional features that enhance play-along and recording.  Toggle between three different Follow Modes that intelligently adjust to track your tempo and dynamics.  Listen back to your most recent performance and use Keyboard View for assessment. 

THe app is available as a free download from the Apple app sotre and includes three free songs per level.  Four levels are currently available (Primer, 1, 2A, and 2B) with a total of 389 songs available for download.  Full song libraries may be purchased for $4.99 per level.  Plans are underway to add more levels and support for supplemntary libraries.

This is taken from the October/November 2015 American Music Teacher magazine. 

PianoFun MN Competition

Posted by Megan Gilles on October 14, 2015 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Received in an email today-10/14/2015

I love being a member of MMTA and MTNA!  We are given access to (information for) so many great piano/music activities in the state and country via email and snail mail.  It is especially nice to be in a great state like MN where we have so many piano opportunities and so many great teachers. 

If anyone is interested in this opportunity please let me know.

Dear music teachers,


I would like to introduce the PianoFun MN Competition that I am organizing. It is a fun piano competition for children from the age of 5 to 14. It provides a wonderful recital opportunity for students, and all participants will receive comments from our wonderful judges. This year it will be held on Feb.20th & 21st at Landmark Center. Here is our website for more information; We also have a new Facebook page : If you have young piano students or know any, it will be a nice opportunity for them to perform! I would appreciate if you spread the word.


Thank you very much and have a wonderful week!

Jazz Workshop

Posted by Megan Gilles on October 14, 2015 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Received in an email today-10/14/2015

Maybe something of interest to someone out there?

Dear Piano Teacher,


We wanted to make sure you knew about a fabulous event that is coming up on Saturday, October 24 and is sponsored by The Schubert Club and partner, Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education.


This FREE workshop is designed for middle and high school students and will include hands-on sessions for classical piano students curious about jazz, or beginning jazz students to advanced jazz pianists.


The workshop will feature internationally acclaimed Jazz pianist Benny Green and Twin Cities jazz piano stars, Laura Caviani and Sean Turner.


It will be a day full of learning, performing and FUN! Plus at the end of the day, three students will be awarded scholarships of $300 each for additional Jazz Piano lessons with one of our local piano clinicians!




Saturday, October 24, 2015

10 am - 4:30 pm (lunch will be provided)


McNally Smith College of Music

19 Exchange St E

Downtown Saint Paul


Registrations will be accepted online at through October 19." target="_blank">



Contact Kate Cooper at [email protected] or 651-292-3266



Kate Cooper


Education and Museum Manager


[email protected]


The Schubert Club

Sharing the finest musical arts

University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music

Posted by Megan Gilles on October 12, 2015 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday I listened to and participated in a workshop led by several faculty members from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music.  They were Martha Fischer, Jessica Johnson, John Chappell Stowe, and Christopher Taylor.

They were exceptional in their presentation style and their work with the students and teachers.  There enthusiasm for their art was contagious.  I would love to be young again and choosing a college.  I may even seek out their Piano Pedagogy program in the next few years after the girls are both in school.  Thank you to them for presenting to our music teachers group in Willmar.  It was inspirational and you were very impressive.

I would encourage others to check out their program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Keyboard Studies at the UW-Madison School of Music



Degress Offered:

B.M./B.A./B.S. in Piano or Organ Performance

D.MA. and M.M. in Piano or Organ Performance, Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Collaborative Piano

About our Program:

Situated within an enormous university with a world-class faculty and within the beautiful and vibrant city of Madison, the University of Wisconsin keyboard program provides an environment par excellence for emerging 21st century young artists and professionals. 

For information about upcoming concerts and events:


UW Madison Keyboard Faculty

Martha Fischer, Professor of Piano and Collaborative Piano

[email protected]

Jessica Johnson, Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy

[email protected]

John Chappell Stowe, Professor of Organ and Harpsichord

[email protected]

Christopher Taylor, Professor of Piano

[email protected]

Johannes Wallmann, Director of Jazz Studies

[email protected]

The Joy of Downsizing

Posted by Megan Gilles on October 12, 2015 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Received this info at my workshop yesterday.  I probably won't be attending due to the long drive but it sounds like a fascinating topic.

The University of Wisconsin Madison School of Music presents Jessica Johnson, piano

The Joy of Downsizing

THe benefits of Performing and Teaching on a DS 5.5TM 7/8 Size Piano

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Morphy Recital Hall

Workshop 2:30-3:45

All Hands on Keys

Stratgeies for Teaching Students with Small Hands

Masterclass 4:15-5:45

Featuring MAPTA Students

Try the Piano 5:45-6:45

Johnson Faculty Concert 8:00PM

Performed on a Steinbuhler DS 5.5 7/8 Size Piano

All events are free and open to the public.  Sponsored by MAPTA and Billings Piano Gallery.

For more information please contact:

Jessica Johnson

Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy

UW-Madison School of Music

[email protected]

Sewanee Summer Music Festival

Posted by Megan Gilles on October 10, 2015 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Summer Already???

I received a flyer in the mail today about the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. 

The information from the flyer is listed below for your information.

Sewanee Summer Music Festival

Changing the Nature of Music

June 18 through July 17, 2016

Scholarships, work-study, internships available.

Music students age 12 through graduate school are invited to apply.

Orchestra, chamber music and piano.

Where should you play next summer?


The University of the South

Minnesota Varsity

Posted by Megan Gilles on September 29, 2015 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Received via email 9/29/2015

Any high school students interested?

September 29, 2015



Greetings from St. Paul!



In 2010, supported by MN Arts and Cultural Heritage funds, Classical MPR inaugurated Minnesota Varsity, a contest unlike any other for high school aged musicians around the state. Student instrumentalists and singers were invited to send in homemade recordings of themselves performing a classical or music theatre piece. Fifteen of them would be selected to be professionally recorded by MPR engineers and broadcast on Classical MPR’s statewide network. Then five of those fifteen musicians would be chosen to perform in a live broadcast concert at the Fitzgerald Theatre.



We thought we’d be lucky to get fifty entrants that first year. Not only did we receive three times that number, our jaws dropped at how many excellent performances there were for this age group. So much so that it was difficult to choose just fifteen to professionally record! Three years ago we joined forces with American Composers Forum to include a Composition category and have included the premieres of young composers’ original works in our live broadcast concert.



Minnesota Varsity is now in its sixth season as a showcase for top high school musicians. Since that first year we’ve continued to be astounded by the musical talent among our region’s youth. The Minnesota Varsity entry form asks all entrants to describe the importance of music in their lives, and all their submitted recordings are posted at Most of those invited to perform in our studios have cited the professional recording process as the most valuable reward of their participation, an experience high school students rarely if ever get to have. Many have stated that it’s given them confidence as they prepare to graduate into the wider world, whether music is to become their profession or simply play a treasured role in their adult lives.



We keep hearing that audiences for classical music are aging and dwindling. Minnesota Varsity’s success proves that the love for this genre and commitment to its continuance are alive and well among young generations.



We're thrilled to meet and spotlight these extraordinary performers, and love to watch how so many of them have a new confidence, and seemingly grow an inch taller through the Varsity process! We'd love your students to jump on the Varsity bandwagon. It's very easy, and all the details are at



Best wishes for a great year! If you’d like to receive flyers and or posters for your school/students, please contact Jane O’Hara at [email protected]




Brian Newhouse


Managing Director, Classical Minnesota Public Radio





Jane O’Hara


Classical Marketing Manager | Minnesota Public Radio | American Public Media | p: 651.228.4986 |


SPCO free tickets

Posted by Megan Gilles on September 17, 2015 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Received via email 9/17/2015

What a great offer from the SPCO! 

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra would like to offer you and your studio families up to four FREE tickets to an upcoming concert listed below. Instructions detailing how to obtain your free tickets are also listed below. Please redirect me if there is someone else I should contact regarding future ticket offers for you and your students. Let me know if you have any questions!



Use your code for these upcoming concerts:



Jeremy Denk Plays Bach

Friday | Sept 18 |10:30am

Friday | Sept 18 | 8:00pm

Ordway Concert Hall, Saint Paul


Stravinsky: Dumbarton Oaks


Stravinsky: Ragtime for Solo Piano

Hindemith: Ragtime for Solo Piano from Suite 1922, Opus 26

Bach: Piano Concerto No. 4


Bach: Prelude and Fugue No. 10 in E Minor from The Well-Tempered Clavier (arr. Stravinsky)


Stravinsky: Piano-Rag-Music for Solo Piano


Stravinsky: Tango for Solo Piano


Bach: Piano Concerto No. 2


Jeremy Denk, piano



SPCO Artistic Partner Jeremy Denk performs two of J.S. Bach’s piano concertos, which complement Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks, a piece inspired by Bach’s works. Written during a period of daily study of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, Dumbarton Oaks delivers the air of Baroque repertoire while maintaining a distinctly 20th century character.



To reserve FREE tickets:

Visit to order tickets. Enter code pianostu at checkout to receive up to four free tickets online. You can also reserve seats by calling our Ticket Office at 651.291.1144 and mentioning pianostu.



Kate Roarty Audience Development Manager


The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra


T 651.292.3296 | F 651.292.3281


[email protected] |




4th PianoFun MN Competition

Posted by Megan Gilles on September 10, 2015 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Received 9/10/2015

Dear musicians, teachers and parents,


I am excited to announce that the 4th PianoFun MN Competition will be held on February 20th & 21st at the Landmark Center in St. Paul! We are going to have a NEW format. We have happily added the ages of 13 & 14 in the competition and there will be no Preliminaries. ALL participants (from 5 to 14 years old) will perform at the public recital (one free solo piano piece within 5 minutes) and receive a diploma & comments from our wonderful judges, including Alex Braginsky , Paul Shaw and Rebecca Shockley from the University of Minnesota, as well as other professors. There will be winners in each group as well! Please, visit our website : and we also have a new Facebook page:


Thank you very much and I hope you're motivated by this fun musical event!

Best Regards,

Dr. Soojung Hong

Artistic Director

PianoFun MN Competition