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The Write Notes – March 2019

The Write Notes
The Newsletter from the St. Joseph Arts Academy

Dear Students and Families,

Hope everyone is staying healthy and keeping their spirits up in the hard, MO winter. It’s been hard to keep the kids in school these days but we’ve remained open at the SJAA.

Thank you for the extra efforts to make the trip and make the time for music lessons on these cold and snowy days. You can’t stop the music!

Here’s a little news about the Academy and some things we are looking forward to.

Thank you for joining us on Facebook…
https://www.facebook.com/stjosephartsacademy/

Please reply to this email email or give me a call if you need anything at all.

Best to all this week,
Jason and SJAA

Jason Riley – Director
jason@jasonriley.com
(816) 294-4856 cell

St. Joseph Arts Academy
www.stjosephartsacademy.com
(816) 974-SOLO (7656)
jason@stjosephartsacademy

The Nova Project Returns to France.

This month Jason will be touring in France with Anthony Glise and Ken Sugita as the Nova Project. It’s been a few years since their last performances there and they are looking forward to playing some great progressive classical music together again.

Jason will be out (and missing lessons) from Mar.14 – 26. Lessons and classes will resume on Mar. 27. Some students will get 3 lessons in the Month of March but some will only get 2. You will be credited or charged accordingly!

Students will be receiving extra assignments and instructions for upcoming recitals this week.

SJAMTA Recital – March 10, 2pm – (Daylight Savings) Potter Hall MWSU
SJAMTA Evaluatives
Apr. 13 – Deadline is Mar. 13 for student names.
$15 payable to SJAA. Students will play 2 pieces in differing styles, sight-reading and scale test and a short paper test.
A great opportunity to get some feedback from a professional adjudicator.


2019 “Academy @ The Mansion”
Get Lost in Time @ the Concert of the Millennium.

Saturday, April 6
Wyeth Tootle Mansion
1100 Charles St, St Joseph, MO 64501

10am & 1pm
$8 – Adults
$6 – Seniors & Under 12

Enjoy classic & contemporary music performed by the musicians you love from the St. Joseph Arts Academy.

Solo & Ensemble Selections for Violin, Voice, Piano, Guitar & Ukulele in this sprawling, refined late-19th-century mansion featuring period furnishings & art.

For Advance Tickets…
Stop by the SJAA or Ask your Teacher

In support of community arts, Wyeth Tootle Mansion and the St. Joseph Museums.

Welcome to Our Newest Students!

Keira, Elle, Anna, Jackson, Bell, Steven, Max, Austin, Thomas, Logan, Jocelyne & Trevor!

Upcoming Recitals
Mar. 11 – SJAMTA Contest Pre-clinic, MWSU 8am-12pm

Mar. 12 – Student Recital, 2pm. Potter Fine Arts Rm 112, MWSU campus

Apr. 1 – Music at the Mansion, Wyeth-Tootle Mansion

April 7 – Charles Iner, Senior Guitar Recital, 4pm. O’Malley/McAllister, Benedictine College Atchison KS

April 14 – MU Guitar Day. University of Missouri – Columbia.

April 22 Evaluative Auditions

Apr. 23 – Student Recital, 2pm Potter Fine Arts Rm 112, MWSU campus
Honors Recital 330 at First Presbyterian Church

DATE CHANGE

June 15 – “HawkFest” Blues & Jazz Festivall, Coleman Hawkins Gazebo, Academy Blues Set, 1230pm.

Fall Recitals – TBA

Holiday at the Mall – TBA

Student of the Month
Our March “Student of the Month” is…

Alex P.!!!

Alex recently participated in the Monster Concert on guitar but he’s also a serious student and competitive swimmer.

Besides being an advancing guitarist, Alex set his personal best and fastest times this swimming season. He also took 2nd place in the city wide Math competition for his age group.

We’ll help him celebrate with an iTunes gift card!

Way to go, Alex! Congratulations on your hard work and accomplishments.

To be considered for Student of the Month, be sure to talk to your teacher about all your musical and extracurricular activities, share pictures and refer your fellow musicians to the academy.

RETAIL – Are you ready for your next book? We now offer very limited retail including some accessories and books. Let us know if you need strings, tuners, cables or if you are in search of a musical gift.

TEACHERZONE – Is our online platform. If you receive notifications from them, it’s not spam, it’s from us. Let us know if you have any trouble using it or logging in.

PAYMENTS/POLICIES – Payments are due at the first lesson of each month to secure your time slots for that month. 48 hours notice is required for credited missed lessons. Thank you!

IS YOUR TEACHER FULL? – We have very limited spaces for guitar and violin right now. We are working hard to acquire more space and interviewing for the best new teachers for our team. Besides instrumental and voice lessons, we will be offering early childhood and group classes as things come together.

Thank you for reading “The Write Notes” – Newsletter from the St. Joseph Arts Academy!

It’s going to be a great month.

Please encourage the advancing musicians in your life and in our community. We are making the world a better place through music.

Here’s to our music success!

Jason Riley
Director

Copyright © 2019 St. Joseph Arts Academy, All rights reserved.
Thank you for opting in online at our website, youtube or Facebook!

Our mailing address is:
St. Joseph Arts Academy
2027 N. 36th Street
St Joseph, MO 64506

The Write Notes – January 2019

The Write Notes
The Newsletter from the St. Joseph Arts Academy
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Dear Students & Families,

We had a big Milestone this month. The SJAA celebrated our first year in our commercial location!

Happy B-day, SJAA! We’ll be “toddling” soon. Jan. 8 was our anniversary. Also… Elvis’ Birthday. Coincidence? Yes.

Thank you for being along for the ride and for growing with us! We’ve been working hard and did quite a lot of bootstrapping to make sure we could make rents and keep it warm/cool around here. There has been no scrimping however on the really important things… having great teachers, supporting our staff, students and families and having lots of performance opportunities for our students.

More to come!

Thank you for coming to play at the SJAA and for encouraging the advancing musicians in your life.

Jason Riley – Director
jason@jasonriley.com
(816) 294-4856 cell

St. Joseph Arts Academy
www.stjosephartsacademy.com
jason@stjosephartsacademy

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

The SJAA has a diverse student group including many colors, age groups, orientations and abilities. We are not all the same.
Music Unites Us.
THANK YOU for setting the example for what’s possible and creating a real community here. It’s still a “mean ol’ world” out there. You make the SJAA safe and welcoming and I think… the world a better place. It’s important stuff and God bless you for it.
TeacherZone Automated Billing

You can make payments easy, safe and convenient in 2019. If you would like to set up automated payments in TeacherZone, you can input your card number at https://teacherzone.com/Payment and we can get a plan set up for you.

You can also update student and parent profiles keeping your email, phone, address, etc up-to-date beginning at…
https://teacherzone.com/Member/Login

Send me a note if you have any trouble logging in! Username is “yourname” or your students name “firsttlast” one word and Password is “password”.

Welcome to our New Students

Max, Kyra, Elle, Ashley,
Steven & Denice!
Wi-Fi
FREE WiFi!
To Login it’s simply… SJAA and password is “MusicAccomplished”
Monster Concert 2019

We had a great Monster Concert with the SJAMTA at MWSU last weekend. I can’t tell you how proud I am of the guitar ensemble. Besides a great performance, they demonstrated excellent stage presence and handled themselves like true professionals on stage and off.

Way to go, SJAA guitarists!

You can see some pics below!

Monster Concert 2019 St. Joseph Arts Academy Photos


Here we are looking tuff!

Upcoming Recital Dates
(We encourage our students to get on stage at least twice per year and many do more!)
BOLD are SJAA specific

February 10 – 2 pm Recital/ SJAMTA (Potter Hall, MWSU)

March 10 – 2 pm Recital/ SJAMTA (Potter Hall, MWSU)

April 6 – Academy at the Mansion (Wyeth Tootle Mansion) Time:TBA

April 13 – Evaluatives (Potter Hall, MWSU)

April 14 – 2 pm Recital (Potter Hall, MWSU)/ 3:30 Honors Recital (First Presbyterian Church)

September 7 – 3pm Coleman Hawkins Blues Festival (Coleman Hawkins Gazebo)

More to come!
Thank you for referring your friends and family to the St. Joseph Arts Academy!

Join us on Facebook. Check out the SJAA Website. Thumbs up to you for SHARING!

I know that is a lot of info so THANK YOU for the time to read the Newsletter from the St. Joseph Arts Academy!

Don’t hesitate to let us know if we can be more helpful in anyway.

It’s going to be a great 2019.

Stay Tuned!

Jason Riley
Director
Copyright © 2019 St. Joseph Arts Academy, All rights reserved.
Thank you for opting in online at our website, youtube or Facebook!

Our mailing address is:
St. Joseph Arts Academy
2027 N. 36th Street
St Joseph, MO 64506

Monster Concert 2019

Monster Concert 2019

Saturday, January 19th
Potter Fine Arts Theater, MWSU
2pm Call – Tune/Rehearse Room 108
3pm Concert

Ticketed event for friends and family.  6/8 dollars for advanced tickets.

The SJAA was asked to provide the Volunteers needed to sell/take tickets and usher.  You could pick all or part of the time from 1130-330ish.

Thanks in advance for your consideration or let me know if you can help.

 

Thanks for playing and for supporting this neat event.

jason@jasonriley.com
816 294 4856 for call or text

Cast – (We’ll update this as students confirm or deny!)

Ashlyn Ford
Stefan Kratz Mathies
Molly Rodriguez
Matthew Kelly
Alex Patterson
Jalea Bernard
Alevia Bramlage
Jaden Grimsinger

More to come!

Carol of the Bells – Traditional (All Play)

Ash Grove – Anonymous (Parts)
1- Alevia, Molly, Stefan
2- Matthew
3- Jalea, Ashlyn
4- Alex, Jaden

Blue Monk – Thelonious Monk (All Play)

Carol of the Bells

Link to sheet music
Carol of the bells

Ash Grove

Audio – Fast

Audio – Slower

 

 

Use these only for your specific part!

Part 1
https://youtu.be/omjg8WAT5V0
Part 2
https://youtu.be/yY3wCSUoNJw
Part 3
https://youtu.be/ESuHk2A1ZCU
Part 4
https://youtu.be/WGbslUy-I4A

For practicing with other parts!

Parts 1 & 2
https://youtu.be/8k5_Mm0JJTI
Parts 1,2 & 3
https://youtu.be/7zn4PF62miA
Parts 1,2,3,4
https://youtu.be/deOnklgSmvA

Blue Monk

Link to sheet music
Blue Monk

Monster Concert 2019

The 365 Day Practice Challenge

The 365 Day Practice Challenge
The Goal here is to make your practice a part of your everyday routine. You will only need to practice the days you sleep or the days you eat! The amount of time is not as important as the act of just being with your instrument for a little while everyday. (Those who dedicate themselves to 20 minutes per day will have over 121 hours of practice invested.) You’ll be a confident and advancing musician!

365 Day Practice Challenge

What’s Next Email – TeacherZone & SJAA

The Write Notes
The Newsletter from the St. Joseph Arts Academy

Dear Students & Families,

Hope everyone is ready for a great holiday season. We’ve already had several family dinners with lots more fun to come before the end of 2018.

This is a preview of “What’s Next” for the Academy and our students.

If you ever have any questions or need anything at all, you can REPLY to this email or contact me directly, anytime!

Jason Riley – Director
jason@jasonriley.com
(816) 294-4856 cell

St. Joseph Arts Academy
www.stjosephartsacademy.com
jason@stjosephartsacademy

Thank you for coming to play at the SJAA and for encouraging the advancing musicians in your life.
TeacherZone!

We are offering all SJAA students and families some great new benefits with TeacherZone, an online, music lesson management platform.

The teachers have already been using it to take attendance and for in-house communication.

Students, guardians and teachers can each have their own personalized account for transparent communication for all concerned. Finally, a system to help you keep track of what students are learning.

It’s going to be a great tool that incorporates the technology everyone is already using online, with their tablets and phones. We can encourage students the other six days a week by creating online review lessons, assign practice, easily share musical content and more!

Parents can log in and see exactly what’s going on in lessons and at practice time. TZ will also help with scheduling automated payments and communication.

Our students matter most. And we want to provide all the best possible tools for them to succeed.

You will still be able to call, text or email with your teacher if that is your preferred method of communication.

We’ll start rolling out the benefits and features slowly in the days after Christmas.

You should be receiving an email from TZ shortly (or maybe some of you already have and weren’t sure what it was, it is NOT SPAM) with your usernames and passwords.

https://teacherzone.com/Member/Login

The software does a ton of stuff and we are still learning it too. If you have any questions or problems, just let us know and we can put you on the right track.

There is also an APP for students.

It’s very cool and exciting stuff!
2019 Lesson Policy

We’ll have updated lesson policies for everyone in the new year. Just a few basic changes and a reminder for the current policies.

We’ll try to get an email out with them too.

It’s been a great year in the new location and truly grateful for everyone that is growing with us.

We want to eliminate any confusion and keep everyone, students and teachers on the same page.

And this is it!

The SJAA got our retail licenses. While we won’t be a full retail store, we will be able to offer some accessories (strings, tuners, etc) at a discount and be able to handle your book orders or keep a few things in stock!
Upcoming Recital Dates
(We encourage our students to get on stage at least twice per year and many do more!)
BOLD are SJAA specific

January 11 – 18 and the 19th AM 2019, (Monster Concert Rehearsals)

January 19 – Monster Concert (Potter Hall, MWSU)

February 10 – 2 pm Recital/ SJAMTA (Potter Hall, MWSU)

March 10 – 2 pm Recital/ SJAMTA (Potter Hall, MWSU)

April 6 – 10am Music at the Mansion (Wyeth Tootle Mansion)

April 13 – Evaluatives (Potter Hall, MWSU)

April 14 – 2 pm Recital (Potter Hall, MWSU)/ 3:30 Honors Recital (First Presbyterian Church)

September 7 – 3pm Coleman Hawkins Blues Festival (Coleman Hawkins Gazebo)

More to come!
Thank you for referring your friends and family to the St. Joseph Arts Academy!

Join us on Facebook. Check out the SJAA Website. Thumbs up to you for SHARING!

I know that is a lot of info so THANK YOU for the time to read the Newsletter from the St. Joseph Arts Academy!

Don’t hesitate to let us know if we can be more helpful in anyway.

It’s going to be a great 2019.

Stay Tuned!

Jason Riley
Director
Copyright © 2018 St. Joseph Arts Academy, All rights reserved.

MailChimp Welcome Email

Dear Students, Parents and Families,

Hope everyone had a great thanksgiving! It’s going to be a great holiday season (now that we are scooped out after last nights blizzard)

This email is a little late as a “welcome”. We are coming up on our 1st anniversary in the new location for the SJAA. Thank you very much for joining us and coming to work on your music here.

It’s been a truly exciting year growing from a guitar only studio with one teacher to SIX amazing instructors teaching Piano, Voice, Guitar, Violin and Ukulele.

Sincere thanks for your patience as we iron out any wrinkles and get our systems in place. Everyone has been really great.

We have tons of great stuff ahead of us in 2019. I’ll be sending more regular updates on new features, special events and academy policies in emails like this. Quite a few will be coming in the next days.

We’ll work to keep everyone informed and up-to-date.

If you ever have any questions or problems, feel free to contact me directly, anytime by phone, text or email.

My personal cell is 816-294-4856 and email is jason@stjosephartsacademy.com.

We want the St. Joseph Arts Academy to be a very special place in our community. Our select teachers and our amazing students and families are proving that. We are dedicated to your family, musical growth, great experiences and opportunities as well as strengthening all of the arts in St. Joe.

Great things are ahead.

Thank you all for coming to play at the SJ double A!

More to come so STAY TUNED.

Thank you,
Jason & SJAA

Trails West 2018

The SJAA is excited to be a part of the Trails West 2018 concert lineup!

Saturday – August 18, 11:15am
City Stage
(parallel with 12th street & near the main entrance)

Parents & Performers:

Enter through the main entrance on 12th street and proceed to the city stage.

Each performer and (1) guardian should have wrist band for entry (816 294 4856 if you didn’t get yours)

Please arrive by 1045 for set up/tune-up.

There is a group performing before us so we’ll just have a few minutes to get everyone and everything in place.

Take lots of videos and pictures but most of all enjoy the show! We are making memories!!!

Set List

Ensemble – Guitar Boogie

Ensemble – Prelude in A

Alevia – Oye Como Va

Alex – Wonderful World 

Ashlyn – Wildwood Flower

Liam – Rock Anywhere/Pastoral

Lucy- The Call of the Horn/ Quiet River

Danica – Hallelujah

Vivian – I got sun in the Morning

Molly – Landslide

Jallea – Branle de Pictou

Reaganne – AngelFoot

Ensemble – Peter Gunn

Ensemble – C Jam Blues