Pick-Up Notes – April Newsletter

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Dear Students & SJAA Families,

Learning to play music is a living, breathing process that begins with as the parent simply asking the child to play a song for you.

We are here if you need anything at all!

Thank you for the music,
jason and SJAA

Jason Riley – Director

jason@jasonriley.com
(816) 294-4856 cell
St. Joseph Arts Academy
www.stjosephartsacademy.com
(816) 974-SOLO (7656)
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IN THIS MONTH’S NEWSLETTER…

Update from Director, Jason Riley

Important Upcoming Dates

SJAA NEWS

200th Student

We’re Going to Graceland!

New Students

… AND MORE!

Celebrations!

We’ve now reached over 200 students!  Welcome Grace D. to viola with Andrew.  We are rewarding Grace with a free month of lessons and some other fun stuff for registering as our 200th student!
SJAA Piano students performed in the 40th Annual Young Monster Concert at Missouri Western last month.  It was all hands on stage (and as many pianos as would fit) for a great day of piano ensemble playing.  A rare opportunity that only happens once a year.  Congrats to the students and studios of Darren and Jolie!

Congratulations to our very own, Quincy M!  1st Prize in Fine Arts Composition for the 2022 University of Missouri’s “Creating Original Music Project (COMP)”!
(See Below “Student of the Month”)

Academy and Community successes in the 2022 All-District Music Contests.  Extremely proud of the hard-work and dedication shown by SJAA students in preparing for and completing their annual musical evaluations.  Thanks to all the coaches you go the extra mile in helping them be prepared to do their best.  High-fives and Congratulations to…
Exemplary
Jack W.
Ella D.
Hadley C.
Hadley M.
Quincy M.

Outstanding
Carista L.
Evan L.

We’ve now reached over 25, 5-star Google reviews.  So, thank you to everybody that put in their reviews.  We so much appreciate it, but we want to get to 50 reviews.  If you haven’t yet, please consider going to Goggle, giving us a review.  We’d love your feedback and thank you so much again for helping us get over 25, 5-star Google reviews.  https://g.page/r/CZvsJULwejcCEAg/review

Other Big News!

Private lessons spots are limited with our amazing coaching faculty at the SJAA but we still have room to grow.  Thank you for referring your friends and family to the academy!

Guitar Mania! – Only a few spots left for the upcoming Intro to Guitar class, Monday nights at 7.  6 weekly, 50-minute sessions with instructor, Jason Riley

Art Start – Welcoming Miss Diana Herrera to our the SJAA team!  So excited to have Diana here with us heading up the recent and continuing “Clay Mania!” Classes.  Finally, some new Art Class options ahead for the spring and summer as well as some limited space for individualized, one-on-one, private art lessons with a great coach.  Welcome Diana!

Strings Summer Camp – Excited to announce that the SJAA will be hosting a week-long, summer camp for strings and orchestra players.  The camp will be from 10am-noon, July 11 – 15 and will conclude with a special performance.  Contact us for more information.  Limited spaces available.  Scholarship applications available too!  Camp Directors – Claire & Daniel Gerhardt!

Graceland – Academy Director, Jason Riley recently attended the national music academy conference at Graceland in Memphis, TN.  Music school owners from across the US and Canada meet up to take part in seminars, workshops and discussions about the families and students they serve (JUST LIKE YOU!).  The SJAA is in great company and leading in the field.  The SJAA received the “Faith Action Belief” Award in 2021 and 2022 based on our growth and the number of opportunities we provide our community.  “Uh… Thank you very much” – Elvis.

Behind the Desk – You might be seeing some new faces or hear some new voices behind the front desk or on the phone.  Big THANK YOU to Anna C. (And Ben) for stepping up to cover the desk while Alicia take her maternity leave.  Not a small job and lots to juggle.  Thanks for stepping up and doing a great job for us all.

NEW PRACTICE BUDDIES!
If you’re not familiar with it, we are always trying to improve time spent with our instruments, and being parents ourselves of young children, we know how it goes. The kids love stuffed animals. What do parents want? Parents want their kids to practice more. Of course, teachers want their students to practice more. What we’ve come up with is a new program called the “Practice Buddies”.
This is a flyer you’ll see with all the different Practice Buddies, but basically the way it works is this is all free for you, our students. After your child passes their first book test, they get their Practice Buddy of their choice. They come to the lobby, they can take the one they want, and the concept is they take it home, they bring it to lessons. At home, one of the tip for you parents is say, “Hey, go get your Practice Buddy. They’re going to be sad if you don’t play for them, go and play.” But, we’re really excited about this. I think it’s really going to motivate the kids to practice even more and get better at learning music.

Our protection plans, safety and cleaning protocols are constant, continuous and on-going.

It continues to be safety first around here.  Unvaccinated SJAA members are encouraged to remain in masks.  Our waiting areas are technically still “closed” for the time being and we remain diligent in our cleaning schedules and protocols.  The SJAA is dedicated to making any needed changes and in tune with local and state guidelines.  Stay home and request a virtual lesson if you are sick or quarantined.

Welcome to our Newest Students!

Blaze, Edgar, Braxtyn, Nicolas, Holly, Julie, Monica, Hope, Bauer, Wyatt, Zavan, Ranier, Ray, Alex, Evvie, Layton, Carter, Alice, Traeh, Breesa, Olivia, Kaden & Dylan!
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Student of the Month

Our April “Student of the Month” is

Quincy M!


We are so lucky to have Quincy and his family with us at the SJAA.
Congratulations to our very own, Quincy M!  1st Prize in Fine Arts Composition for the 2022 University of Missouri’s “Creating Original Music Project (COMP)”!

From Quincy on his Composition…

“My piece is titled, “The March of the Cornstalks and the Soybean King of Westphalia,” and I’ll be the first to admit it is a bit of a mouthful. Many might hope to find the deeper meaning behind this piece, but I really wanted to focus on the visual element of the composition. I tried to imagine myself somewhere, and write down my consciousness onto the staff paper.

The first movement, titled, “The March of the Cornstalks,” is very militant-sounding.  If you’ve ever walked into a cornfield and become lost, you can imagine a cornstalk army.  Each cornstalk towers over you ominously and you run in each direction, but it all seems the same.  You are being pursued.

The second movement is melancholy, titled, “In the Court of the Soybean King.” Continuing on an agricultural journey, perhaps in my thinking this is connected to “In the Hall of the Mountain King” and “In the Court of the Crimson King.”  I visualize tiptoeing through a majestic castle to steal a crown from the “Soybean King.”  Throughout, there are interesting harmonies and repeated patterns in the bass, contrasting with changing intervals.

The last movement is titled, “Westphalia.” Westphalia is a region in Germany, and although I know very little about this place, seeing images of the spectacular rolling green hills is where I got the idea for this closing movement. Using sweeping arpeggios and Bach-esque runs, it offers the listener a chance to reflect on the journey of the music and the movements, envisioning a bright future ahead.”

Quincy is a Junior at East Buchanan High School. He has been involved with music for his entire life, an upbringing by his musical parents that has cemented his passion and appreciation for everything music. He is a multi-instrumentalist, first learning the piano at a young age and eventually branching out onto the drums, bass guitar, guitar, and now the upright bass. Quincy first started composing in early elementary school with the use of many simple compositional programs such as Garageband. Ever since then, he has had a love for producing and an innate want to understand how instruments interact and build on one another through the use of Digital Audio Workstations. He has plenty of experience being a live musician, playing with many of his classmates from band and community members, forging long-lasting relationships that continue to fuel his passions to this day. Quincy hopes to expand his musical horizons and songwriting abilities going forward, focusing on appreciating all different genres of music as well as being the most versatile and well-rounded musician he can possibly be. He plans to attend college in the future, majoring in either music composition or music technology.

Very proud of you Quincy!  Can’t wait to see and hear what you do next.

Quincy has studied theory and composition with Dr. Nawrot and String Bass with Mr. Holmes (and attended our recent “Songwriting Festival” where he was a great help to the younger writers.)
We could go on and on…

We’ll celebrate Quincy with an Amazon gift card!

Thank you, Quincy for referring your friends and family to the Academy.

Congratulations!!!

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.

“Everybunny” loves music. Happy Easter from the SJAA!!!

Updated Calendar
4/1 – “30 Day Practice Challenge” Begins!  Join for a chance to WIN $50 Gift Card

4/3-5 – Music Academy Conference, Graceland, Memphis TN

4/7 – “UKE-Box Heroes” Thursdays, Intro to Guitar Class begins 7pm – 5 week

4/11 – “Guitar Mania” Mondays, Intro to Guitar Class begins 7pm – 6 weeks

4/19 – “Clay Mania” Tuesdays, Sculpture Art Class continues 530pm – 6 weeks

4/23 – SJAMTA Evaluative Auditions, Potter Hall MWSU

4/24 – SJAMTA student recital, Potter Hall MWSU, 2pm

– 3:30 SJAMTA Honors Recital at First Presbyterian

4/26 – “Super Art” Tuesdays, Class begins 7pm – 6 weeks
5/14 – “Music Play” Saturdays, 11am begins 6 weeks (ages 2-4)
6/1 – “30 Day Practice Challenge” Begins!  Join for a chance to WIN $50 Gift Card

6/11 – “Hawkfest” Blues & Jazz Festival, Coleman Hawkins Park, 3-3:45pm

7/4 – Happy Independence Day!  SJAA Closed.

7/11-15 – Summer Orchestra Camp, 10am-12pm Daily

7/12 – “Silver & Gold Banquet” Word of Life Church, 12pm

SJAA Specific Recitals in BOLD

Auto-Payments

Thanks to all for registering for convenient auto-drafting from credit cards or your bank account.  So glad to be able to offer this for our families.

http://stjosephartsacademy.com/auto-payment-authorization/

Monthly tuition for private lessons (30 minute weekly sessions) is $98

Lesson Policy
– Is here and copies are at the studio…
https://stjosephartsacademy.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/SJAA-Lesson-Policy-2022-PDF.pdf

Thank you for reading -“Pick-Up Notes” –  
Monthly Newsletter from the St. Joseph Arts Academy!
It’s Always a great month and they go by so fast!

Thank you for encouraging the advancing musicians in your life and in our community.

We are making the world a better place through music.

Here’s to YOUR music success!

Jason Riley
Director
jason@stjosephartsacademy.com
8162944856 (personal cell)
Here to help! Call or text if you need anything at all.

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Referral Program – We have a great family of students and teachers at the SJAA.  We are extremely discerning in selecting the very best coaches and students when growing our family.  We want great students just like you.  Thank you for referring your friends and family to be a part of our SJAA family.

Refer a friend or a family member to the SJAA for private lessons and we’ll give you a $25 gift card.

Share referral cards with your friends/family as a GIFT FROM YOU and they’ll get FREE registration ($35.00) and their First Lesson FREE ($24.50) when they register for lessons. ($59.50 Value!)

AND… you’ll both be registered for the monthly referral contest for a chance to with a $50 Amazon Gift Card.

AND… we’ll give you a $25 gift card for sharing the SJAA with your friends and family.

They WIN, you WIN and the SJAA WINS another great student JUST LIKE YOU!

Thank you for sharing the SJAA with your friends and family!

Does Your Teacher Have Openings?

Andrew –
Brent –
Claire –
Dan – Monday ONE SPOT LEFT
Darren – Wednesday ONE SPOT LEFT, Thursday ONE SPOT LEFT
Emily – Monday ONE SPOT LEFT, Saturday ONE SPOT LEFT
Frank – Wednesdays ONE SPOT LEFT
Isaiah – Monday ONE SPOT LEFT, Thursday ONE SPOT LEFT
Jason –
Jolie –
Marina – Monday ONE SPOT LEFT, Thursday ONE SPOT LEFT, Friday ONE SPOT LEFT
Mary Jo – Virtual spots available.
Monica – Monday ONE SPOTS LEFT, OPENING NEW DAY SOON
(limited spaces available)
Sara – OPENING NEW DAY SOON
(limited spaces available)
Terry –
Tyler – Thursday ONE SPOT LEFT

 SJAA Classes/Courses – Private music lessons in Guitar, Piano, Violin, Cello, Voice, Ukulele, Drums, Mandolin, Banjo, Electric Bass, Trumpet, Strings,  Early Childhood Classes, Group Guitar, Group Ukulele. Art Classes, Online Music Lessons & Adult Art Classes.

We also offer…
Discounts on music books & accessories, instrument rentals and rental space for birthday parties and special events.

TeacherZone is our on-line platform for our students and our teachers.
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Free Wi-Fi – SJAA password “MusicAccomplished”

Academy Mission

Our mission at the St. Joseph Arts Academy is to provide the highest quality musical instruction and performance opportunities to beginning and advancing students in the Midland empire. We use our patience, enthusiasm and loyalty to encourage, inform and inspire others to happily share their skill and talent in love and gratitude to make the world a better place.

OUR MOTTO…

Music Accomplished!

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Uke-Box Hero! – Intro to Ukulele Class

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Who’s Ready to Learn a Fun New Instrument?!  “Uke Box Hero” Intro to Ukulele Class.  Join Academy director, Jason Riley for this fabulous intro into playing the Ukulele!  5 weekly, 50min sessions on Thursday evenings at 6 beginning 4/7 – 5/5.  Learn the chords, strumming, picking and reading techniques needed to play literally 100’s of familiar songs. 

Ages 8-Adult. Must have your own guitar/uke (or inquire about a rental/purchase).
Registration Deadline is 4/5.

Limited spaces available.

Call/text (816) 974-7656 or email jason@stjosephartsacademy.com to register or for more info.

Title: “Uke Box Hero” Intro to Ukulele Class

Instructor: Jason Riley

Date(s): 4/7 – 5/5

Time: 7-7:50pm

Fee: $87 ($149 includes concert uke)

Registration Deadline: 4/5

How to Register:  (Limited Spaces Available)

– Call/Text (816) 974-7656

How to Practice

How To Practice

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One definition of practice is… “a repeated exercise or performance of an activity or skill so as to acquire or maintain proficiency in it”  As in it must have taken a lot of PRACTICE to be such a good guitar player.

Doctors and lawyers are said to have a practice when carrying out the exercises and duties of their profession.  I don’t really want my doctor to be PRACTICING on me as he’s cutting me open.  I want him to PERFORM the perfect operation.

Practice can also be customary, habitual or expected procedures for something.  This could be like a meditation practice or yoga.

As musicians, we really embody each of these definitions of practice in slightly different mindsets.  The exercises needed to perform a technically challenging passage or even to get our muscle-memory together enough to play a basic chord and then a chord progression.  Music is also our field of study as in medicine or law, it IS our practice.  Hopefully it is also a thing that we’ve made a part of our day to day programming that happens habitually.  We don’t necessarily call it practice but I hope you’re planning to eat, sleep and brush your teeth today.

So what are things we should do to become a person of practice and what does it mean to practice well?  What does effective practice look like?  When are we done practicing?

It actually took me many years to discover and refine my techniques for effective practicing.  I’ve tried a number of approaches that I may touch on here.  My way doesn’t have to be your way.  You should definitely explore what best practices are for yourself.

At its most basic, practice is time set aside to do your best.  There can be many things that can distract us from the task at hand or take our mind away from our most challenging work.

Perhaps you’ve had the experience of sitting down to practice a new piece and after a few minutes you’re noodling away on favorite licks, riffs or another piece entirely (usually all things you already play pretty well).  You might even become so mesmerized in this that you actually lose track of time, not realizing that you’ve been just “playing” with your instrument for 20 minutes.  Weren’t you supposed to be “practicing”?  It’s ok to make some time just to noodle, jam or play for fun.  Set your timer though and get back to work after that time is spent.

To be truly successful in your practicing you need to have a purpose or goal and be on a time schedule.  We all have the feeling that we want to become “a better guitarist” but that is not what I mean by purpose.  The purpose of your practice should be topical (learn a new scale fingering, accompaniment style or arrangement) and should be scheduled for a certain amount of time.

My personal practice usually involves a few topics.  These are places in my playing where I’m trying to “grow”.  I use many of these same areas and methods with all my students no matter the age or level of achievement.  Topics include things like technique, scale and chord vocabulary, sight reading, pieces/songs/tunes, ear-training and memorization.  There are many more I have included over the years again depending on what my purpose was at the time or where I felt I had some weaknesses.  Theory, performance practices, history, improvisation and just time to listen to music are all things I’ve put time into.  I want to grow in all these areas in deeper ways.

So let’s make some time to practice.  Put it in your schedule.  Write it on the calendar.  A little time everyday.  The famous Japanese music mentor, Shinichi Suzuki said you should only practice the “days you sleep and the days you eat”!  I think that’s great advice.  We all will miss a day now and again and that’s understood.  You may want to set your weekly practice schedule up to include a “skip day”.  That’s an important “practice” in some religious circles.  Also, it can be a nice reward especially for younger students who really work hard all week.

The amount of time each day is not as important to me as just the “every day”.  If you practice with a purpose everyday you will get better.  A lot has been said in the past few years that it takes 10,000 hours to become a master at anything.  Free-throws, heart surgery, flower arranging, etc.  You’ll be come the “master” faster by practicing 3 hours everyday as opposed to 10 minutes obviously.  Mastery is the fruit of purposeful practice.  No need to worry about the fruit.  It will come at the right time and in the right season.  Your practice is in taking care of the tree.  Prune it and water it with the time you have today and schedule it again tomorrow.  Do that and you’re doing the best you can.

10 hours a day for 3 years = Your the master!

3 hours a day for 10 years = Your the master!

1 hours a day for 30 years = Your the master!

I will say that in my experience it takes at least 20 minutes of practice just to kind of stay at the place you left off yesterday.  If you don’t use it (and use it again) you’ll lose it.

I use the timer in my practice (and a tuner, a metronome, books and music, a music stand,  and a pencil but the timer is VERY important).  It keeps you on task.  If you are playing a game like basketball, that game is timed.  You have a certain amount of time to play with a purpose of making points for your team, defending against the opposing team and doing your very best.  Then there’s a buzzer that signals the end of play, maybe the 1/2, the 1/4 or the end of the game.  The point here is that you did your very best, you kept your head in the game and now it’s over.

My music practice is very much like that.  I start the time and work on an a-lotted task for a certain amount of time.  This is usually very short, between 2-20 minutes per task.  This has two benefits.  One, I know that I have to do my best for a very short time.  Not hammering away for hours, just minutes.  Two, if I do get distracted or get off task and do some mindless noodling, it reminds me to come back to the project and work until the buzzer goes off.  With my students, I even give them pretend “points” for perfect repetition of the material.  One perfectly played scale = 10 points or 100 or whatever.  They may have only 3 minutes to make as many points as possible.  It’s a little mind game but it works really well, gets them to do their best and make a many perfect reps as the time allows.

Again, there are number of important topics that go into building musical proficiency.  You might just pick a few each day to devote your time to.  When that buzzer goes off or time is up, move on to the next topic and start the timer again.  Depending on the amount of time you’ve set aside for practice, you could do more or less.  Remember, less in more in many instances.

As an example, If we had an hour to practice, I would start with a slow warm-up for maybe 10 minutes.  We could move on to scales for 10, Chords for 10, sight reading for 10 and maybe one piece we’re working on for 10 minutes.  It wouldn’t have to be the entire piece, lots of times its just a few measures or specific trouble areas.  Then you could take a little break.  Lots of performing musicians take set breaks too!

If that was all the time you had for the day, you could be done and go on with your life.  If you had additional time (perhaps another hour) I would start with that routine again and repeat it.  If you have less time maybe on a very busy day, you could get a 10 minute practice in on just two or three really important ideas at 3-5 minutes each.  Hey, we can all find 10 minutes even on a busy day, right?  The important thing is that you’re doing it on purpose and you’re proving to yourself that you’re disciplined, dedicated and committed to your advancing musicianship.

If you’re making a lot of mistakes while practicing, you are probably going too fast or trying to practice too much.  This is a common problem and it does take a lot of discipline to slow down and work on very small or short musical problems.

Truly effective practice is practice with a purpose.  That purpose is different for everyone and adjusted to the topic you’re working on.  You might have a goal to play a C major scale in 1/8th notes at 160bpm.  You might want to learn a new jazz standard every week.  You may need work on that one measure that always messes you up in that Bach prelude.  Your purpose is to fix, add or increase in your abilities as they apply to your goals in music.

Here’s a few other ideas about what practice is and what it can do for you.

 

Practice is..

Motivational – The more you do it, the more you want to.

How we learn – Things seep in over time through repetition.  We learn by doing.

Transformative – Makes things better through attention and intention.

Reducing Imperfection – Unlearning bad habits or replacing them with good habits.

The way to Carnegie Hall – “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?  Practice.”

Infectious – A little can lead to a lot.

Love – It demonstrates your affection for what you are practicing.

To Overcome – Limitations and small expectations.

Making Mastery – 10,000 hours.

Confidence building – When you’ve put in the time to know what you’re doing and you know it.

Non-judgmental? – Do it when you feel good or bad.  When it’s time to fight, you have to do it no matter what mood you’re in.

Persistence – No matter what happens, just keep plowing ahead.

What you become – Like the doctor or lawyer, you are what you practice most.

Life Enhancing – Just do it, you’ll be glad you did.

A Teacher – It encourages us on the path of discovery.  It shows you what it and what it might become.

Truth – It’s where you find out what’s real for you.  Where you are on the path.

Application – Using what you know, at the right time, when you need it.

For Champions and Masters – They all did it.  I promise.

Not Easy – It feels like work sometimes, ok all the time.

Acceptance – Forgive yourself for not being automatically perfect.  You’re getting closer.

Purposeful – Practice with a purpose in mind.  Practice because you’ve got to.  it’s the only way.

Cultivating – The tree that your fruit comes from.

An Inner Game – The only competition is within.  The only real competition is in the mirror.

Tomorrow’s Victory – “Tomorrow’s victory is today’s practice – Chris Bradford, The Way of the Warrior.

Development – The garden grows best when it’s weeded and tended to.  True in all things like love, forgiveness, patience and giving.

Preparation – To being and doing what you want to be and do.

Practice is… THE WAY.

Practice Makes Perfect?

Practice Makes Permanent

Practice Makes Possible

Practice Makes Possibilities

Practice Makes Patience

Practice Makes Partnerships

Practice Makes Playing Possible

Practice Makes Pathways

Practice Makes Progress

Practice Makes Proficient

Practice Makes Professional

Practice Makes Proof

Practice Makes Practical

Practice Makes Precedence

Practice Makes Prepared

Practice Makes Purpose

Practice Makes Perception

Practice Makes Performers

Summary – Whatever you can imagine or aspire to do, you can do that in music (or anything almost) through focused practice over time.  I aspired to play music.  I’ve never really felt that I had any great or natural talent to do so.  Everything that I’ve accomplished in music and on my instrument has just been through hard work, smart work, time and persistence.  In short, practice.

While I may never be a ballet dancer or professional football player because of my physical build (not that I’m inspired to become one).  Through practice and study, I could learn the techniques, I could get better, I would grow.

It’s truly amazing what human beings can accomplish given enough time.

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GO PRACTICE!

“How to Practice”

By Jason Riley

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St. Joseph Arts Academy Presents

Play More, Practice Less!

 

Tired of arguing, threatening or bribing your music student to practice? Experiencing “burnout”, frustration or stagnation in achieving your musical goals?

There is a better way!

Join Academy director, Jason Riley in this counterintuitive seminar about learning new skills in music (or just about anywhere else!). Explore effective practice methods and techniques that actually work for you instead of against you.

Gain insight, inspiration and motivation to overcome learning blocks, challenges and frustration. Learn to form positive habits that MAKE PRACTICING FUN (not a chore) while you accomplish your goals and truly reap all the benefits of music.

 

Saturday, 2/19 @ 2pm.

SJAA Recital Room is 2021 N. 36th Street.

FREE & Open to the Public.

Limited Spaces Available.

To Register: Call/text (816) 974-7656 or

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The Write Notes – October/November (Double Issue)

Dear Students & SJAA Families,Did you have a good Turkey Day?!

Thanksgiving is just the best and we definitely have a lot to be thankful for here.

Grateful to make and share music with our friends.  Thankful for our amazing SJAA team, coaches, mentors, teachers, staff, families and OUR STUDENTS!

It’s been an amazing fall with lots of positive activity here.  Always lots of opportunities and fun things going at the Academy.

Thanks for a few minutes to catch up on what we’ve been up to, some important info and some cool things ahead.

Wishing you and your family the very best in a safe and warm holiday season.

We are here if you need anything at all!

Thank you for the music,
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

 

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SJAA NEWS!
Welcoming Alicia! – Please welcome our new administrator, front-of-house and all-around-taking-care-of-us-er, Mrs. Alicia Reyes!!  She’s just started with the Academyin late October and we are very happy to have Alicia on our team.  She’s here to help students, families, teachers and our entire membership with almost anything they need for a great experience at the SJAA.  Welcome, Alicia!!

Photo Day @ the SJAA – We had a great “student appreciation day” in October including a free photo sitting with Tyler Osborn Studios.  The results were simply stunning.  Photo packages are on their way and will be ready for pick up THIS WEEK!  It’s still not too late to order (we were late to this first order ourselves but looking forward to a new batch of amazing photography for our walls).

Fall Referral Contest – We are tallying the results from the November referral contest.  Referring and referred families have a chance to win $100 amazon gift card!  WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT COMING SOON!  The Academy is growing and we want great students JUST LIKE YOU.  Thank you for referring your friends and family to the SJAA.

Need a Stocking Stuffer? – BIG DISCOUNTS on in-stock books and musical accessories through the holidays.  (Some items up to 50% off!)  Or need something specific?  Not too late to order some items in time for Christmas AND we’ll discount them for the holidays for SJAA members too!

Upcoming Classes – New classes will be coming in the new year.  Stay tuned for the upcoming schedule for early childhood music, art classes, guitar and uke intros and more.

“Stuff the Stocking”  – (New Student/Instrument Promotion) Stuff the stocking with music lessons or art classes this year!  Get your loved one a special gift by registering them for lessons.  Save $85.00 with this one time a year special and we’ll prepare a special gift stocking to include: One month of lessons, $25 music retail gift certificates, holiday candy, custom practice notebook, instrument specific goodies (drumsticks for drummers, snark tuners for guitar players, pencil/pastel set for art, etc) and a $35 registration voucher.  And, we can ship or deliver to you for FREE!

Value: $184.  Your Cost:  ONLY $99!  It’s easy to get yours.  Call or text the academyat (816) 974-7656 or email jason@stjosephartsacademy.com.  Or fill out this quick form and mention the stocking promotion: https://www.stjosephartsacademy.com/requesti-info  We’ll take care of the rest.  Merry Christmas!

Limited availability.

Bi-Annual Survey – If you missed our Bi-Annual Membership Survey, it’s not too late to take it here.
Your feedback is extremely important too us.  We want to be the very best we can be so we can serve our students at the highest level.

Songwriting Festival – Our second annual Songwriting Festival included a day-long clinic with award-winning, professional songwriting, Lori Browne.  We had 16 new writers from ages 8-19 who participated fully, working alone and in concert to create their very own music.  AND lunch was provided by Gina’s Cafe and Catering!  This immersive songwriting experience was free to our students ($97 Value).

“Mall-a-Thon” – Join the music students and teachers of the St. Joseph Area Music Teachers Association for their annual holiday concerts at East Hills Mall.  Free and open to the public.
Saturday December 11.  SJAA musicians perform at 11am!

Shop St. Joe – SJAA is participating in the Chamber of Commerce “Shop St. Joe” promotion again this year!  Make sure you pick up your tickets from your teacher or Alicia at the front desk.  We’d love it if one of our academy families won the $10,000 prize!

Celebrations!

News Flash! – Jack Wing and Hadley Miller made the All-District Orchestra in Kansas City.
Jack has made All-District for 4 consecutive years. This is Hadley’s second consecutive year. Great students from great families. Congrats to the Studio of Mr. Brock!

“Mall-o-Ween” – SJAA students joined students of the St Joseph Area Music Teachers Association for their 2nd annual “Mall-o-Ween” in Oct. at East Hills.  It was “Boo Blast” filled with great music from our advancing musicians.

“School of Rock” – Congratulations to all of our members who were selected for the October RRT production of “School of Rock!” Awesome watching you rock out in this great production at the Missouri Theater.
Lilly C., Ashlyn F., Lincoln D., Alayna P., Mista V., Alevia B., Aliana R. and Jude M. Super proud of you all!

“Mamma Mia” – Congratulations to our SJAA students and Faculty and to our friends in the amazing cast and crew in Central’s production of “Mamma Mia” in November! Brent I., Alex R. (guitars), Brett C. (percussion), Ashlyn F (Tanya), Payton C., Anna C., & Nehir B. (ensemble) So much fun and everyone looked and sounded so great!

Our protection plans, safety and cleaning protocols are constant, continuous and on-going.

It continues to be safety first around here.  Unvaccinated SJAA members are encouraged to remain in masks.  Our waiting areas are technically still “closed” for the time being and we remain diligent in our cleaning schedules and protocols.  The SJAA is dedicated to making any needed changes and in tune with local and state guidelines.  Stay home and request a virtual lesson if you are sick or quarantined.

Welcome to our Newest Students!

William, Robert, Whitney, Grace, Daisy, Quincy, Brooklyn, Cris, Kason, Anna, Whitney, Silas, Ever, Sarah, Ira, Elaina, Finley, Roman, Ellie, John, Summer, Kyrie, Jeromey, Natalee & Tara!
#MusicAccomplished

Student of the Month

Our October/November “Student(s) of the Month” are

Hudson & Felicity M.!


We are so lucky to have Hudson, Felicity and their family with us at the SJAA.

They enjoy spending time with family and traveling as a family, spending time our doors and activities like biking and swimming.  They attend Oak Grove Elementary where they enjoy music class with Mrs. Riley and their mom, Dr. Moore also teachers.  (Dr. Moore gives us lots of support here as well pitching in as a guest violin coach!)

Hudson is in 5th grade and Felicity is in 2nd.

Hudson studies guitar w/Mr. Riley (and attended our recent “Songwriting Festival”) and Felicity studies violin w/Mr. Brock.  Both Brother and Sister play piano as well.

We could go on and on…

We’ll celebrate them with an Amazon gift card for both!

Thank you, Hudson and Felicity for referring your friends and family to the Academy.

Congratulations!!!

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.

Early photo of the Beatles.  (Before they were BIG!)
Updated Calendar
10/17 – Student Appreciation!  Photo Day @ SJAA, 1-6pm

10/23 –  “Mall-o-ween” East Hills Mall, Halloween-themed SJAMTA student recital, 2pm

10/23-24 – Robidoux Resident Theater presents “School of Rock”

 

11/10 – 2021 Shop St. Joseph program kicking off 

11/13 – SJAA 2nd Annual Songwriting Festival, Songwriting Clinic w/Lori Browne, 9am-5pm

11/14 – SJAMTA Patriotic-themed student recital, Potter Hall MWSU, 2pm

11/25 – Happy Thanksgiving – SJAA closed.

 

12/11 – “Mall-a-thon” 10am-4pm at East Hills Mall

12/25 – Merry Christmas – SJAA closed.

 

2022

1/1 – Happy New Year – SJAA closed.

 

2/12 – TBA SJAMTA Monster Concert

 

3/13 – SJAMTA student recital, Potter Hall MWSU, 2pm – Clinic, 3pm TBA

 

4/3-5 – Music Academy Conference, Graceland, Memphis TN

4/23 – SJAMTA Evaluative Auditions, Potter Hall MWSU

4/24 – SJAMTA student recital, Potter Hall MWSU, 2pm

– 3:30 SJAMTA Honors Recital at First Presbyterian

 

SJAA Specific Recitals in BOLD

Auto-Payments

Thanks to all for registering for convenient auto-drafting from credit cards or your bank account.  So glad to be able to offer this for our families.

http://stjosephartsacademy.com/auto-payment-authorization/

Monthly tuition for private lessons (30 minute weekly sessions) is $96

Lesson Policy
– Is here and copies are at the studio…
http://stjosephartsacademy.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/SJAA-Lesson-Policy-19.pdf

Thank you for reading -“The Write Notes” –  
Monthly Newsletter from the St. Joseph Arts Academy!
It’s Always a great month and they go by so fast!

Thank you for encouraging the advancing musicians in your life and in our community.

We are making the world a better place through music.

Here’s to YOUR music success!

Jason Riley
Director
jason@stjosephartsacademy.com
8162944856 (personal cell)
Here to help! Call or text if you need anything at all.

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Does Your Teacher Have Openings?

Andrew – Tuesdays ONE SPOT LEFT
Brent – Tuesday TWO SPOTS LEFT
Claire – Tuesday ONE SPOT LEFT Friday ONE SPOT LEFT
Dan – SOLD OUT
Darren – Wednesday TWO SPOTS LEFT, Thursday ONE SPOT LEFT
Emily – Monday TWO SPOTS LEFT, Saturday ONE SPOT LEFT
Frank – Wednesdays ONE SPOT LEFT
Isaiah – Monday TWO SPOTS LEFT
Jason – SOLD OUT
Jolie – SOLD OUT
Marina – Friday ONE SPOT LEFT
Mary Jo – Virtual spots available.
Monica – Monday TWO SPOTS LEFT
Terry – SOLD OUT
Tyler – Tuesday ONE SPOT LEFT, Friday ONE SPOT LEFT

 SJAA Classes/Courses – Private music lessons in Guitar, Piano, Violin, Cello, Voice, Ukulele, Drums, Mandolin, Banjo, Electric Bass, Trumpet, Strings,  Early Childhood Classes, Group Guitar, Group Ukulele. Art Classes, Online Music Lessons & Adult Art Classes.

We also offer…
Discounts on music books & accessories, instrument rentals and rental space for birthday parties and special events.

TeacherZone is our on-line platform for our students and our teachers.
https://app.teacherzone.com

Free Wi-Fi – SJAA password “MusicAccomplished”

Academy Mission

Our mission at the St. Joseph Arts Academy is to provide the highest quality musical instruction and performance opportunities to beginning and advancing students in the Midland empire. We use our patience, enthusiasm and loyalty to encourage, inform and inspire others to happily share their skill and talent in love and gratitude to make the world a better place.

OUR MOTTO…

Music Accomplished!

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Our mailing address is:

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2027 N 36th St

Saint Joseph, MO 64506-2241

The Write Notes – August 2021

Dear Students & SJAA Families,Ring the Bell!  School is in.

We’ve had a great summer and hope you did too.

Even though school has started, we are finishing out our summer performance season with some great events in September.  “Hawkfest” & “Bluegrass Battles Hunger” are just a couple of the special invitations remaining for live music from our advancing musicians outdoors.
Lots of info below so thanks for the time to catch up and check it out.  As always, here for you if you have questions, concerns or need anything at all.

Best with all “Back to School”!

Wishing each a safe, happy and healthy school year with lots of growth and learning.

Thank You!

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

 

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SJAA NEWS!
New & Improvements:  We’ve recently added more security cameras across the academy.  The safety of everyone in our building is our top priority and we’ll continue to add and provide the very best we can.  We also added a big screen to our class room for powerpoint presentations, announcements, movie nights or Karaoke showdowns!

Thank You!:  Big THANK YOU to all of our guest instructors (Dr. Moore, Mr. DeClue, Ms. Jenkins, Mr. McCuthceon, Mr. Bliss and Maestro Glise) who stepped up to help as teachers take personal, family or medical leaves this last month.  It’s been awesome to have such amazing musicians and coaches to lean on when we need them.  Thanks to the students and families who made them at home.  We all benefit from having an amazing team working with all hands, eyes and ears on deck.

Welcome Back: Welcome home to our own, Isaiah Sterling who’s been away touring the summer with the Cavaliers of Drum Corp International fame.  His studio filled up very quickly.  Happy to have him back to us and can’t wait to hear about the adventures in drumming.

Steam to S.T.E.A.M (Celebrating the Missouri Bicentennial) – Academy students recently performed in celebration of the MO Bicentennial at Civic Center Park.  It was an amazing set of music from nearly 20 student performers.  Music included featured vocal, guitar and violin performances.  AND… ensemble performances of classic fiddle tunes, group ukuleles and a debut of our rendition of “Dust in the Wind”.  A very special opportunity that only comes around every 200 years!  Happy Birthday, Missouri!

“Maestro Series” featuring Anthony Glise – An honor to be able to present our annual “Maestro Series” this summer with one of the greats in “Maestro” Anthony Glise.  Truly an “Inform-ance” with a presentation of his historical instrument collection including Baroque Guitar, Arch-Lute and more.  We had a packed house for this free presentation.  Anthony also worked with select academy students in a Masterclass setting for levels beginning to advanced.  An amazing day at the SJAA!

Celebrations!

It’s a Girl! – Congratulations to Emily and Daniel on the addition of the sweetest Miss Kathryn to their family.  All are safe and well and bonding quickly.  So happy for each of you.

July Practice Challenge! – Congratulations to Aliza Michel, Grand Prize Winner of our summer practice challenge.  With a grand total of over 94 practice hours in July!!!  Aliza studies guitar, piano and voice and is loving writing and performing her own music.  Way to go!  We’ll reward Aliza with a $50 Gift Card for her dedicated practice and major achievement.

School of Rock – Congratulations to all of our members who were selected for the upcoming RRT production of “School of Rock!”  Really looking forward to watching you rock out in this great production at the Missouri Theater this fall.

Lilly C., Ashlyn F., Lincoln D., Alayna P.,  Mista V., Alevia B., Aliana R. and Jude M.  Super proud of you all!

For Tickets – https://rrtstjoe.org/school-of-rock?fbclid=IwAR3TcksDMMuRAt1SsUOwvyaoORCBUkTERFiHxh8G56IzsZ9qjDw4t4oeWCQ

Teacher Appreciation Breakfast – Fun to celebrate our amazing teachers last month with an impromptu Burrito Breakfast at the Academy.  Thanks to Taco John’s for helping us recognize their hard work and dedication.  Thank you music mentors, teachers and coaches for all you do.

Our protection plans, safety and cleaning protocols are constant, continuous and on-going.

It continues to be safety first around here.  Unvaccinated SJAA members are encouraged to remain in masks.  Our waiting areas are technically still “closed” for the time being and we remain diligent in our cleaning schedules and protocols.  The SJAA is dedicated to making any needed changes and in tune with local and state guidelines.  Stay home and request a virtual lesson if you are sick or quarantined.

Welcome to our Newest Students!

Max, Charlie, Noah, Jaycee, Grace, Parker, Mary Caroline, Paxton, Benoit, Lincoln, Isaac, Oliver, Jaxson, Ted, Brianna, Aeva, Adam, Elise, Anna, Hannah, Nehir, Kelley, Nikolai & Arienne!
#MusicAccomplished

Student of the Month

Our August “Student of the Month” is…

Alex H.!


We are so lucky to have Alex and his family with us at the SJAA.

Besides his violin lessons w/Mr. Brock (celebrating 2 years in October),

Alex is an only child (who loves his dog), he’s in the SJSD Gifted & Talented Program and enjoys collecting Pokémon cards and playing Fortnite & Destiny 2.  Alex is also a big fan of classical music.

We could go on and on…

We’ll celebrate Alex with an Amazon gift card for him!

Thank you, Alex for referring your friends and family to the Academy.

Congratulations!!!

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.

Early photo of the Beatles.  (Before they were BIG!)
Updated Calendar
9/7 – “Guitar Mania” begins 6pm – 6 weeks

9/7 – “Uke Box Heroes” begins 7pm – 6 weeks

9/18 – “Hawkfest” Blues & Jazz Festival, Coleman Hawkins Park, 130pm

9/19 – SJAMTA student recital, Potter Hall MWSU, 2pm

– Jessica Koebe, Presenting on performance anxiety, 3pm

9/25 – “Bluegrass Battles Hunger”, Coleman Hawkins Park, 3pm

 

10/17 – Student Appreciation!  Photo Day @ SJAA, 1-6pm

10/23 –  “Mall-o-ween” East Hills Mall, Halloween-themed SJAMTA student recital, 2pm

10/23-24 – Robidoux Resident Theater presents “School of Rock”

10/28 – Class Guitar begins – 4 weeks

10/28 – TBA class begins – 4 weeks

 

11/12-14 – SJAA 2nd Annual Songwriting Festival, Songwriting Clinic w/Lori Browne

11/14 – SJAMTA Patriotic-themed student recital, Potter Hall MWSU, 2pm

11/25 – Happy Thanksgiving – SJAA closed.

 

12/11 – “Mall-a-thon” 10am-4pm at East Hills Mall

12/25 – Merry Christmas – SJAA closed.

 

2022

1/1 – Happy New Year – SJAA closed.

 

2/12 – TBA SJAMTA Monster Concert

 

3/13 – SJAMTA student recital, Potter Hall MWSU, 2pm – Clinic, 3pm TBA

 

4/3-5 – Music Academy Conference, Graceland, Memphis TN

4/23 – SJAMTA Evaluative Auditions, Potter Hall MWSU

4/24 – SJAMTA student recital, Potter Hall MWSU, 2pm

– 3:30 SJAMTA Honors Recital at First Presbyterian

 

SJAA Specific Recitals in BOLD

Auto-Payments

Thanks to all for registering for convenient auto-drafting from credit cards or your bank account.  So glad to be able to offer this for our families.

http://stjosephartsacademy.com/auto-payment-authorization/

Monthly tuition for private lessons (30 minute weekly sessions) is $96

Lesson Policy
– Is here and copies are at the studio…
http://stjosephartsacademy.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/SJAA-Lesson-Policy-19.pdf

Thank you for reading -“The Write Notes” –  
Monthly Newsletter from the St. Joseph Arts Academy!
It’s been a great month.

Thank you for encouraging the advancing musicians in your life and in our community.

We are making the world a better place through music.

Here’s to YOUR music success!

Jason Riley
Director
jason@stjosephartsacademy.com
8162944856 (personal cell)
Here to help! Call or text if you need anything at all.

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Referral Program – We have a great family of students and teachers at the SJAA.  We are extremely discerning in selecting the very best coaches and students when growing our family.  We want great students just like you.  Thank you for referring your friends and family to be a part of our SJAA family.

Does Your Teacher Have Openings?

Andrew – Tuesdays 2 & 6
Brent – Thursday 6
Claire – Monday 630, Tuesday 6
Dan – Wednesdays 330 and 7
Darren – Wednesday 430, Thursday 330
Emily – Welcome Back!
Frank – Wednesdays 4 and 5
Isaiah – Tuesday 8
Jason – Full
Jolie – Full
Josh – Monday 5
Marina – Friday 430
Mary Jo – Tuesday 330 & 630
Monica – Thursday – 4 & 530
Terry – Full
Tyler – Friday 330 & 6

 SJAA Classes/Courses – Guitar, Piano, Violin, Cello, Voice, Ukulele, Drums, Mandolin, Banjo, Electric Bass, Trumpet, Strings,  Early Childhood, Group Guitar, Group Ukulele. Art Classes, Online Music Lessons & Adult Art Classes.

We also offer…
Discounts on music books & accessories, instrument rentals and rental space for birthday parties and special events.

TeacherZone is our on-line platform for our students and our teachers.
https://app.teacherzone.com

Free Wi-Fi – SJAA password “MusicAccomplished”

Academy Mission

Our mission at the St. Joseph Arts Academy is to provide the highest quality musical instruction and performance opportunities to beginning and advancing students in the Midland empire. We use our patience, enthusiasm and loyalty to encourage, inform and inspire others to happily share their skill and talent in love and gratitude to make the world a better place.

OUR MOTTO…

Music Accomplished!

Copyright © 2021 St. Joseph Arts Academy, All rights reserved.

Maestro Series 2021 – Anthony Glise

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Saturday, August 14, from 2:00-4:00 PM

St. Joseph Arts Academy

2027 N. 36th St., 

St. Joseph, Missouri

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The St. Joseph Arts Academy in association with the St. Joseph Music Foundation will present an “informance” (a combination of lecture and performance) and a masterclass by internationally acclaimed classical guitarist, Anthony Glise as part of the Academy’s “Maestro Series.”

Targeted to all age groups including non-musicians, Glise will discuss the history of the guitar from 1400 to today and perform on various historical instruments from his private collection, including a Renaissance lute, Baroque guitar, 18th-century archlute, 19th-century guitar, and the modern guitar.

The informance is based on Glise’s university textbook, “The Guitar in History and Performance Practice” which is used in hundreds of universities worldwide.

For the second part of the event, attendees are welcome to bring their instruments for a free informal coaching session following the historical presentation.

A St. Joseph native, Glise has earned nine diplomas from seven countries, recorded 11 CDs, and published over 90 editions of music and books. As a composer, he is also the only non-French elected to the French Film Commission which negotiates contracts between composers and European film producers.

Glise has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and many of the leading concert halls in the US and Europe. For the last 30 years, he has directed 14 international music festivals and taught at universities and conservatories throughout the US, Italy, Germany, Austria, and France, where he currently lives and holds a professorship at a state music school north of Paris.

The back-to-back events will be held at the St. Joseph Arts Academy, 2027 N. 36th St., Saturday, August 14, from 2:00-4:00. The events are free and open to the public.

For further information, contact The St. Joseph Arts Academy at (816) 974-7576.  

The Write Notes – July 2021

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Dear Students & SJAA Families,We insist that you are having a great summer!

It’s a wild ride here with families in and out for vacations and making great memories.  Much deserved after “the year that shall not be named” here.

Teachers are working hard for fluid schedules, creating make-up opportunities and giving lots of motivation for extra summer inspiration and activities for our students.

I’ve heard it said many times that the “Roaring 20’s” was a by-product of the Spanish Flu Pandemic in 1918.  Many suggest we are about to experience something similar this century.

I can tell you that Small Business Administration has labeled Music Academies like the SJAA as “hard hit” like so many other businesses in 2020.

Thanks to our amazing families, dedicated students and team “par excellence” here, the SJAA held steady.  We faced our challenges together.  Some unique.  Many similar to other families and businesses around the world.

We all definitely have some shared experiences.  Not all great.  But for sure, some positives.

Out of safety and respect for all concerned, we proceed with care and continued caution.

Happy to say that the Academy is really growing again.  All of our teachers are back under one roof (though online lessons remain and are a great options for many).

If what they say is true, we are already feeling the effects of the new “Roaring 20’s”.

Live music, concerts and In-person events are returning (most with caution, some not so much).

Back to School
Our studios and teachers schedules are filling.  We’ll continue to offer all kinds of specialty classes and clinics but private music lessons times are getting limited.  We want to be able to serve our membership at the highest level.  Students JUST LIKE YOURS.

If you, your friends or family are looking to get back in for “Back to School” sessions, the TIME IS NOW to reserve your spot.

The word is out.  The SJAA is doing something special.  That’s why we are here.

We want that to be why your family is with us.

Looking forward to some “Roaring 20’s” with your family, friends, our community as a whole.

It’s an exciting time and can’t wait to make some new memories moving forward.

Lots of info below so thanks for the time to catch up and check it out.  As always, here for you if you have questions, concerns or need anything at all.

Have a happy and safe summer of 2021.

Thank You!

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

 

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SJAA NEWS!
Welcome to our new teachers! – Welcoming Mrs. Claire Gerhardt (strings) and Mr. Joe McCutcheon (percussion) to our SJAA family.  Great to have you with us and hope you are feeling at home.
Final improvements:  Excited to announce we are on the final leg of our major building improvements at the SJAA.  Landscaping, water proofing and electrical is all now in place.  We’ll add the AV system in the class room and more in place very soon.  Thank you for rolling with every punch along the way.

Giving Back – Our very own, Bianca is helping raise money for the Horse Hospice, a program for disabled horses at the Albee Farm. Look for the donation jar around the academy to drop a little change in. Let’s make it Jingle! Folding Money also accepted! Thank you for your support.

4th of July Treats – Big “THANK YOU” to our SJAA Granny for coordinating “Treat Week” in advance of Independence Day. Lots of work and lots of love in helping our academy students celebrate America’s Birthday. “Music sets us Free”.
Thank you!

Celebrations!

Congratulations to SJAMTA Enrichment Grant Recipient… Hadley M! Hadley studies violin with Mr. Brock and piano with Ms. Chesney and applied to attend the String Fling Chamber Orchestra Camp at Missouri State University. She was awarded $375 by SJAMTA to pay for her tuition, and she will be attending camp July 11-14. Way to go, Hadley!

 

Congrats to our very own percussion coach, Isaiah Sterling for being accepted to the ranks of the Cavaliers of Drum Corp International fame.  He’ll be on tour and competing all summer long.

 

Congratulations to Mr. Terry Brock on his retirement from the SJSD.  The students there were lucky to have you while they could get you.  You are all ours now!!

 

Our protection plans, safety and cleaning protocols are constant, continuous and on-going.

It continues to be safety first around here.  Teachers will remain in masks.  Our waiting areas are technically still “closed” for the time being and we remain diligent.  The SJAA is dedicated to making any needed changes and in tune with local and state guidelines.

Welcome to our Newest Students!

Pax, Jackson, Faith, Kane, Robert, Nicholas, Riley, Annelise, Lizzy, Evey, Mara, Isabelle, Armon, Korbyn, Christina, Isaac, Cade, Atti, Bernie, Jared, Kansas, Edison,  Roman, Nolan, Daniel, Tom, Presley, Henry, Callicko, Abel, Jordan, Calvin, Frankie, Cole, Ross, Daira, Tanner, Levi, Kaitlyn, Carter, Natalie, Evan, Emily & Carista!
#MusicAccomplished

Student of the Month

Our March “Student of the Month” is…

Lauren B.!


We are so lucky to have Lauren and her family with us at the SJAA.

Besides her guitar lessons w/Brent, she loves playing all sorts of sports and games, with her favorites being soccer and basketball. Lauren is a great friend, caring, and compassionate. She is always willing to help others, she always has a smile, and always has a song she is singing whether it is made up or one she knows.  We could go on and on…

We’ll celebrate Lauren with an Amazon gift card for her!

Thank you, Lauren for referring your friends and family to the Academy.

Congratulations!!!

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.

SJAA July Contest!

Coloring Contest – Congratulations to Alejandro C. on winning the coloring contest drawing!  He received a $25 Amazon Gift Card.  We had a lot of fun with so many great submissions this year with two different coloring page designs.  Our runner-up’s even got a little recognition and a $5 Sonic Gift Card.  Thanks to all for your creative and colorful work!

 

Summer Practice Challenge! – Students should record their practice on a practice logs (available by the printer) for the month of July (they can also use their TZ practice timer in their app).  We’ll do something for all who participate but grand prize for most time practiced is a $50 gift card.  Add it all up and turn them in to your teacher (or send a photo of the completed page) at the beginning of August.

Practice hard.  Maybe one day, you TOO can meet the Kool-Aid Man!  Oh Yeah!!
Updated Calendar

“Music Moves Us Together” Vol. 3 Video Concert – TBA

7/4 – Happy 4th of July – SJAA closed.

7/9 – SJAA Coloring Contest ends!

Summertime Practice Challenge – Month of July!

7/10 – Ashlyn Ford in Concert, Lanham Music, 2pm

 

 

8/5-12 – St Joseph “Family Week”

8/17 – “Silver & Gold Banquet” Word of Life Church, 1245pm

8/21 – MO Bicentennial Civic Center Park, 11am

 

SJAA 2nd Annual Songwriting Festival, Songwriting Clinic w/Lori Browne, TBA

9/18 – “Hawkfest” Blues & Jazz Festival, Coleman Hawkins Park, 130

9/25 – “Bluegrass Battles Hunger”

 

10/17 – Student Appreciation!  Photo Day @ SJAA, 1-6pm

10/23-24 – Robidoux Resident Theater presents “School of Rock”

 

11/25 – Happy Thanksgiving – SJAA closed.

 

12/25 – Merry Christmas – SJAA closed.

 

2022

1/1 – Happy New Year – SJAA closed.

SJAA Specific Recitals in BOLD

Auto-Payments

Thanks to all for registering for convenient auto-drafting from credit cards or your bank account.  So glad to be able to offer this for our families.

http://stjosephartsacademy.com/auto-payment-authorization/

Monthly tuition for private lessons (30 minute weekly sessions) is $96

Lesson Policy
– Is here and copies are at the studio…
http://stjosephartsacademy.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/SJAA-Lesson-Policy-19.pdf

Thank you for reading -“The Write Notes” –  
Monthly Newsletter from the St. Joseph Arts Academy!
It’s been a great month.

Thank you for encouraging the advancing musicians in your life and in our community.

We are making the world a better place through music.

Here’s to YOUR music success!

Jason Riley
Director
jason@stjosephartsacademy.com
8162944856 (personal cell)
Here to help! Call or text if you need anything at all.

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Website
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Referral Program – We have a great family of students and teachers at the SJAA.  We are extremely discerning in selecting the very best coaches and students when growing our family.  We want great students just like you.  Thank you for referring your friends and family to be a part of our SJAA family.

Does Your Teacher Have Openings?

Andrew – Tuesdays 2:15, 4 & 730
Brent – Tuesdays 6
Claire – Newly opened Monday, Tuesday and Thursday!!
Dan – Wednesdays 330, 430 & 6
Darren – Thursday 330
Emily – Mondays 4, Tuesday 530, Saturday 1030am
Eric – Mondays 3+
Frank – Wednesdays 530
Drums – Thursday 130, 330 & 6
Jason – Full
Jolie – Full
Josh – Monday 5 & 7
Marina – Monday 7, Friday 430
Mary Jo – Tuesday 330 & 630
Monica – Thursday – 430 & 530
Susan – Newly opened Thursday, Friday & Saturday!!
Terry – Full
Tyler – Friday 330 & 6

 SJAA Classes/Courses – Guitar, Piano, Violin, Cello, Voice, Ukulele, Drums, Mandolin, Banjo, Electric Bass, Trumpet, Strings,  Early Childhood, Group Guitar, Group Ukulele. Art Classes, Online Music Lessons & Adult Art Classes.

We also offer…
Discounts on music books & accessories, instrument rentals and rental space for birthday parties and special events.

TeacherZone is our on-line platform for our students and our teachers.
https://app.teacherzone.com

Free Wi-Fi – SJAA password “MusicAccomplished”

Academy Mission

Our mission at the St. Joseph Arts Academy is to provide the highest quality musical instruction and performance opportunities to beginning and advancing students in the Midland empire. We use our patience, enthusiasm and loyalty to encourage, inform and inspire others to happily share their skill and talent in love and gratitude to make the world a better place.

OUR MOTTO…

Music Accomplished!

Copyright © 2021 St. Joseph Arts Academy, All rights reserved.
You are a preferred member of the SJAA!

Our mailing address is:

St. Joseph Arts Academy

2509 Ashland Ave

Saint JosephMO 64506-1938

The Write Notes – March 2021

Dear Students & SJAA Families,Spring is finally here!

March serves as the one year anniversary of our initial quarantine followed by a 2020 that was… let’s say… unique.

While not without some great benefits, our families faced incredible challenges and uncertainties that added a lot of stress to our lives.

I want to extend a sincerest “Thank You” to you, our amazing instructors, awesome students and families who remained dedicated to your music lessons and personal growth.

When some gave up or other businesses simply couldn’t make it, the academystayed strong and steady.

It is at testament to the character of all of our members and to a deep belief in the power of music and art in our lives.

Safety will remain our first priority.  And the academy is growing again with new teachers and new families coming aboard for the adventure.

We have big things ahead and lots to look forward to TOGETHER.

Hope you will remain safe and well.  God bless your family and have a very happy spring.

Thank you!
jason and SJAA
Jason Riley (Director)
816 294 4856 (personal cell for call or text)

jason@stjosephartsacademy.com

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Celebrations!

Welcome to our newest teachers and team members!  Marina Gurnovich (Piano/Voice), Darren Verbick (Piano/et al) & Dan Bliss (guitar).  We are so fortunate to have these master teachers working with our students and families at the SJAA.

Our protection plans, safety and cleaning protocols are constant, continuous and on-going.

It continues to be safety first around here.  Teachers will remain in masks.  Our waiting areas are technically still “closed” for the time being and we remain diligent.  The SJAA is dedicated to making any needed changes and in tune with local and state guidelines.

Welcome to our Newest Students!

Sunny, Gavin, McKynlee, Bianca, Georgia, Ava, Alejandro, Piper, Matthew, Tristan, Logan, Sari, Elizabeth, Abby, Duncan, Hazel, Diane, Ledger, Allicen, Jacob, Jaxsen, Emma, Jayleon, Baylee, Teresa, Teagan, Bentley, Alexander, Garrison, Mike, Hannah, Carol, Jeff, Joe & Braden!
#MusicAccomplished

Student of the Month

Our March “Student of the Month” is…

Gwen J.!

We are so lucky to have Gwen and her family with us at the SJAA.

Besides her guitar lessons w/Jason and a piano lesson with Brent, Gwen brings a smile with her wherever she goes. She enjoys sports, traveling, art, music and spending time with family and friends. Gwen loves to play with her dog, Pfeiffer and aspires to be a vet when she grows up. Gwen has a big heart and is a joy to be around.

We’ll celebrate Gwen with an Amazon gift card for her!

Thank you, Gwen for referring your friends and family to the Academy.

Congratulations!!!

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.

Stay Tuned!

Announcing more new classes, specialty clinics and summer events for all ages soon.

Upcoming Events2021
3/4 – “Uke-Box Heroes” Thursdays, 6pm begins 6 weeks (no class 3/18)

3/4 –  “Guitar Mania” Thursdays, 7pm begins 6 weeks (no class 3/18)

3/7 – 2pm SJAMTA student recital, Violin Masterclass, 3pm CANCELLED

3/23 – “Music/Art Fun” Mondays, 930am 6/4weeks (Music ages 2-4, Art 3.5-5)

3/30 – “Super Art” Tuesdays 6pm begins 4 weeks (Grades 1-6)

 

“Music Moves Us Together” Vol. 3 Video Concert

4/7 – “Music Fun” Wednesdays 530pm begins 6 weeks (ages 2-4)

4/24 – “Music Play” Saturdays, 11am begins 6 weeks (ages 1-3)

 

5/15- SJAMTA Strings Evaluatives at SJAA – TBA

5/22 – SJAMTA Piano Evaluatives MRS. Chesney’s Studio – TBA

SJAA 2nd Annual Songwriting Festival

SJAA Coloring Contest

Summertime Practice Challenge

8/21 – MO Bicentennial Civic Center Park, TBA

 

9/18 – “Hawkfest” Blues & Jazz Festival, Coleman Hawkins Park, 130

 

10/24? – Photo Day @ SJAA, times/venue TBA

 

TBA – Robidoux Resident Theater presents “School of Rock”

SJAA Specific Recitals in BOLD

Auto-Payments

Thanks to all for registering for convenient auto-drafting from credit cards or your bank account.  So glad to be able to offer this for our families.

http://stjosephartsacademy.com/auto-payment-authorization/

Monthly tuition for private lessons (30 minute weekly sessions) is $96

Lesson Policy
– Is here and copies are at the studio…
http://stjosephartsacademy.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/SJAA-Lesson-Policy-19.pdf

Thank you for reading -“The Write Notes” –  
Monthly Newsletter from the St. Joseph Arts Academy!
It’s been a great month.

Thank you for encouraging the advancing musicians in your life and in our community.

We are making the world a better place through music.

Here’s to YOUR music success!

Jason Riley
Director
jason@stjosephartsacademy.com
8162944856 (personal cell)
Here to help! Call or text if you need anything at all.

{| o }===:::
Facebook
Website
Instagram
Referral Program – We have a great family of students and teachers at the SJAA.  We are extremely discerning in selecting the very best coaches and students when growing our family.  We want great students just like you.  The SJAA is now able to offer a FREE lesson for referring new students who register for lessons.  Thank you for referring your friends and family to be a part of our SJAA family.

Does Your Teacher Have Openings?

Jolie – Full
Terry – Full
Frank – Mondays, 330 & 5
JC – Mondays, 3 & 730
Andrew – Tuesdays 1230 & 430
Emily – Mondays 4 & 630,  Tuesday 530
Monica – Full
Brent – Full
Mary Jo – Tuesday 4 & 530
Isaiah – Monday 5 & 630, Tuesday
Jason – Full
Eric – Monday 5
Jennifer – Tuesday at 4

Darren – New day coming soon!
Dan – New day coming soon!
Marina – Monday 630, Friday 430

 SJAA Classes/Courses – Guitar, Piano, Violin, Cello, Voice, Ukulele, Drums, Mandolin, Banjo, Electric Bass, Trumpet, Strings,  Early Childhood, Group Guitar, Group Ukulele. Art Classes, Online Music Lessons & Adult Art Classes.

We also offer…
Discounts on music books & accessories, instrument rentals and rental space for birthday parties and special events.

TeacherZone is our on-line platform for our students and our teachers.
https://app.teacherzone.com

Free Wi-Fi – SJAA password “MusicAccomplished”

Academy Mission

Our mission at the St. Joseph Arts Academy is to provide the highest quality musical instruction and performance opportunities to beginning and advancing students in the Midland empire. We use our patience, enthusiasm and loyalty to encourage, inform and inspire others to happily share their skill and talent in love and gratitude to make the world a better place.

OUR MOTTO…

Music Accomplished!

Copyright © 2021 St. Joseph Arts Academy, All rights reserved.

 

 

 

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Let them play! Benefits of music lessons for kids.

Why start young?

It is now widely accepted that there are direct correlations between musical study and verbal competency, motor and auditory skills, reasoning abilities and problem solving – essential abilities that children take into adulthood.

Musical experience promotes brain development.

A 2009 study featured in the Journal of Neuroscience showed for the first time that musical experience, for as little as 15 months in early childhood leads to structural brain changes and results in improvements in motor and auditory skills.

Music contributes to academic success.

Researchers at the Boston Children’s Hospital worked with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and found that early musical training enhances the areas of the brain responsible for executive functioning.  Children with at least two years of private lessons showed enhanced cognitive control with aids in information retention and behavior regulation.

“Musical training may actually help to set up children for a better academic future,” said senior investigator Nadine Gaab, Ph.D., of the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience.  A study published in 2007 by Christopher Johnson, professor of music education and music therapy at the University of Kansas, revealed that students in elementary schools with superior music education programs scored around 22 percent higher in English and 20 percent higher in math on standardized tests, compared to schools with low-quality music programs, regardless of socioeconomic disparities among the schools or school districts.  Johnson compared the concentration that music training requires to the focus needed to perform well on a standardized test.

Aside from the test score results, Johnson’s study highlights the positive effects that a quality music education can have on a young child’s success.   “Schools that have rigorous programs and high-quality music and arts teachers probably have high quality teachers in other areas.  If you have an environment where there are a  lot of people doing creative, smart, great things, joyful things, even people who aren’t doing that have a tendency to grow up and do better,” said Mary Luehrisen, executive director of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation, a not-for-profit association that promotes the benefits of making music.

Being musical is a process.

Music can improve your child’s abilities in learning and other nonmusical tasks, but it’s important to understand that music does not make one smarter.  The many intrinsic benefits to music education include being disciplined, learning a skill, being a part of the music world, managing performance and being part of something for which you are proud.

While parents may hope that enrolling their child in a music program will make her a better student, the primary reasons to provide your child with a musical education should be to help them become more musical, to appreciate all aspects of music, and to respect the process of learning an instrument or learning to sing, which is valuable on its own merit.

Playing music is fun!

Playing music is just fun to do and one of the most important benefits of music lessons.  There is another more captivating or engaging that blasting a song through your headphones or jamming with friends or bandmates.  Even when you’re just getting started, playing some basic songs is super fun.  No matter how simple, there’s nothing better than to say , “I just made music!”

Benefits of music lessons for kids

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