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                  2027 N. 36th Street St. Joseph MO 64506

Goal-Directed, Outcome-Oriented & FUN

Music Lessons!



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While the COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented disruptions in our day-to-day lives, everyone at The St. Joseph Arts Academy remains committed to our mission of education and serving our students and the community. Through resilience, flexibility and indomitable spirit, we will continue to teach and serve in creative ways.
The Learning Continues & The Music Plays On!


Northwest Missouri’s

fastest growing music school.

We offer lessons for: Violin, Cello, Strings, Guitar, Voice, Singing, Piano, Bass, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, EARLY CHILDHOOD,
Drums, Masterclasses, clinics & Special Classes

Why St. Joseph Arts Academy is NW Missouri’s
#1 choice for music lessons

The St. Joseph Arts Academy is Northwest Missouri’s fastest growing music school, teaching students from babies (8 months) to adult. Whatever instrument you or your child wish to play, odds are we teach it: Piano, Violin & Strings, electric & acoustic Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele, Voice and Singing, Drums and Early Childhood, all taught under one roof.

 Growth and Progress for
Beginning & Advancing Musicians of all ages

(816) 974-SOLO (7656)

Since 1993, the Jason Riley Guitar Studio has helped hundreds of students begin and continue on their musical journey. Now the St. Joseph Arts Academy is the fastest growing school of music in northwest Missouri offering private lessons in all popular instruments, as well as voice. We know for our families, music is important in their lives and it can be very hard to find a reliable music teacher.  We are a resource for all things musical in our community. Violinists, Live Music & DJ’s, Wedding Music, Entertainment for Corporate Events, Steel Drum Bands, Arrangers, Torch Singers, Producers and especially… TALENTED, MUSIC EDUCATORS.

We are continually growing in our commercial spaces.  As part of our mission, we provide on-going support to instructors to ensure we deliver the best possible coaching to our students and their families.

To apply as an experienced music teacher, capable of teaching all ages and levels… send an email to

While you’re researching the best school for you, consider the benefits of becoming a St. Joseph Arts Academy student and find out why we are the Midland Empire’s #1 choice for music lessons!​


1. Master Teachers with new instruments coming soon. While Guitar and fretted instruments like Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele and Electric bass have been our specialty in the past, we now offer lessons for Voice and Singing, Violin, Cello, Piano, Drums and more– in one location.
This will save our students time and money, as one family can take multiple instruments on the same day. Other studios offer multiple instruments, but our goal is to be the only one to offer all of the most popular instruments in a high quality, convenient environment.
We welcome all beginners and all levels–no matter what your age! Adults- click here for more info!

​2. Month to Month Lessons!
Our desire is to inspire our students with the love of music. We do this through teachers and music that our students love. Unlike other programs, we do not require semester minimums for lessons. You can begin anytime! To stop lessons, we just need 14 days written notice.

​3. Conveniently located at 2027 N. 36th Street in St. Joseph! (Beck Road Center)
Due to its central location, our school is convenient and draws students from St. Joseph, Atchison, Smithville, Savannah, Weston, Dearborn, Elwood, Wathena, Maryville, Stewartsville, Maysville, Weston, Platte City and North Kansas City. We are easy to find, right off the Belt highway (BUS 169), with shopping and restaurants close by.

4. A proven track record of excellence.
Every year, aspiring music teachers start their own studio, and a year or two later it’s closed. Our city used to have 3 music stores, multiple private music schools and community arts support via the Continuing education and Western Institute programs at MWSU. Where others have run their course, we have been dedicated to encouraging arts education in our community for over 2 decades. We have a proven track record of offering quality guitar lessons in St. Joseph, MO, year round. Our Studio has been trusted by hundreds of families for nearly 25 years. It’s only part of our mission.

5. Comfortable Waiting Room. Parents are welcome to sit in on lessons.
Instead of waiting in a music retail store showroom, or a cramped hallway, our clients can watch your child’s lesson or relax in our spacious waiting areas.

​6. Fully stocked lesson room.
Our studio is stocked with everything you need for lessons, including amps, pianos, music stands and we are constantly adding all modern teaching aids via technology (Pro-tools, Finale, Transcriber, Guitar Pro, Play-a-longs, Amazon Prime, Multiple music streaming subscriptions, Apple computers & Musical Apps). Not to mention, one of the largest private music libraries in the region. We have spent thousands of dollars on our studios for everything you need for music lessons!

7. Free, all inclusive recitals.
Every parent just wants to know how their child is doing and if they are really progressing. The best way for a parent to understand if their investment in lessons is really worth it is to have their child participate in a recital.  Throughout the year, many of our students choose to perform in our regular, monthly studio recitals. We hold these locally so you don’t have to travel far for recital experiences both casual and more formal. Unlike other schools, there is no admission (Monster and Mansion concerts excluded) or any related fees for these recitals.

8. Professional Customer Service.
Make-you-happy-customer-service-guarantee!  We strive to bring you the best customer service possible, 7 days a week. We are continually adding hours to ensure that we are able to assist you when you call or come to the studio! Our next expansion in our commercial location will feature a full time desk staff who are available at the front desk to assist you during ALL lessons, quickly and professionally. Excellent customer service is what sets us apart!


​9. The widest range of lesson times available, sure to fit any busy schedule!
SOON to be Open 7 days a week!  Lessons are by scheduled appointment.

10. Discounts and Best Prices on Musical Accessories.
We are the only music school that offers discounts for our students, which saves you money all throughout the year. You don’t need to worry about finding and purchasing music books, instruments and accessories. All of our current students benefit from our vendor connections that saves them money on all of their music supply needs. We’re here to help and save you the time it takes to find these items, so you don’t have to!

​11. Awards to Celebrate achievement.
We give our students the opportunity to earn special medals, pins and certificates for passing musical tests.  Rewards like these help to motivate and to celebrate accomplishments big and small.  We acknowledge the hard work it takes to finish a book, pass an evaluation,  receive honors or play a first recital.

Most importantly, when our students have a special performance or an adjudication coming up, they practice more, their parents are proud, their teachers are proud, and everybody wins. We also specialize in music lessons for adults. We don’t think learning music should be boring–it should be fun!

12. Make Up Classes
Missed a lesson? Out of town? No problem. We work hard to over-deliver on our promises to our students. We currently ask for 48 hours notice to reschedule for missed lessons. If a teacher has to miss a lesson, you will be offered a make-up opportunity or you will be credited that lesson fee for the next month.

​13. Early morning, lunch time or daytime lessons for homeschoolers, retirees, college students and working professionals.
Since we are the hardest working music studio in the Midland Empire, we are able to be a ‘full service’ music school. This allows us to offer lessons as early as 9 a.m. and we see many students between the hours of 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. If you are a homeschool parent, retiree, college student or working professional who has a flexible schedule, take advantage of our early morning and lunch time lesson spots.

​14. The most qualified Music Instructors in the area!
Academy Director, Jason Riley teaches as an adjunct professor of guitar at MWSU and Benedictine college. We are dedicated to finding the best teachers in the area so your student can have the right personality and the right teaching style that works for them. All our teachers must have teaching experience, a degree in music or extensive performing experience, and most importantly, a fun, motivating personality that you’re sure to love! No matter what your musical goals are, we want to help you reach them! Our goal is to inspire your student–and that’s the best teaching method of all!


It’s easy to take the next step:

Lessons are first come, first served so contact us today to arrange your first lesson!

Call us at (816) 974-7656


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Offering quality piano, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, voice, bass, drums, violin, cello, mandolin, banjo and ukulele lessons in St. Joseph, MO.

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