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
(816) 294-4856 cell

St. Joseph Arts Academy

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

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.


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
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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

We Cut the Ribbon – Welcome to the St. Joseph Arts Academy

A truly beautiful, Missouri, spring morning outside the SJAA!  Thanks to the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce, MWSU Alumni Association, Center for Entrepreneurship and to the students, families and friends who were able to join us.

We cut the ribbon on our new commercial location.  Great to show everybody around, talk and have some great refreshments.  We are so excited to be teaching and learning in our new space!

St. Joseph Arts Academy
2027 N. 36th Street
St. Joseph MO 64506
(in the Beck Road Center)

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Music Academy Finds New Home in St. Joseph

We are so excited to announce that the St. Joseph Arts Academy is opening in a new commercial space. The SJAA will kick of the new year in our brand new studios located near the corner of Beck Road and 36th Street in the Beck Road Center.

Doors are open for business beginning on January 8 (That’s Elvis’ Birthday!) with our first music lessons scheduled for 3pm.

St. Joseph Arts Academy
2027 N. 36th Street
St. Joseph MO 64506

Conveniently located one block west of the Belt highway with shopping and restaurants close at a hand.

Immediate openings for new students in guitar, piano and voice. Now hiring great people who are also excellent music teachers.

jason@stjosephartsacademy.com or call (816) 974-7656

A Work in Progress but we’ll keep you posted! Here are some “Before” photos


Are You In Love – Uncommon Charater, St. Joseph, MO Original Song by Simon Fink

ON Spotify!

Acoustic Duo Version

We recently produced this song by composer, Simon Fink of Under the Big Oak Tree. It’s got lots of our favorite players on it including members of Kelly Clarkson, Organ Jazz Trio, KC All-Stars, Under The Big Oak Tree, Under the Influence and Soca Jukebox. The song was mixed and mastered by Matthew Russo.

“Uncommon Character” (uncommoncharacter.com) is a rebranding event for our fair city with supporters and key players from all industries and civil organizations.

We love the song and we know you will too!


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Simon Fink – Lead Vocal, Acoustic Guitar
Jason Riley – Electric Guitar, Nylon Guitar
Lester Estelle – Drums
Craig Kew – Bass
Ken Lovern – Piano, Organ
Jolie Riley – Backing Vocal
Kristen Hamilton – Backing Vocal



The Write Notes – November 2017

St. Joseph Arts Academy
The Write Notes – November 2017
Newsletter from the SJAA

Welcome to the “Write Notes”, the monthly newsletter from the St. Joseph Arts Academy!

There’s a nip in the air around here and it’s really feeling like fall now. Students are beginning to work on their holiday music now for the end of the year. With Halloween behind us it feels like it all goes very quickly. We’ll be finishing the year very strong with more recitals and the college students completing their semester course work including their Juries.

Thanksgiving is one of our very favorite holidays. We really hope that it will be a great time of togetherness for you and your family. We are grateful to have you as a part of our musical family. Thank you for the opportunity to work with the advancing musicians in your life.

News –

“Annie” The Musical! – Dec. 8-10, MO Theater

When the Robidoux Resident Theater (RRT) announced auditions for “Annie” we knew that there would be many of our young female musicians eager for parts in the cast. It’s a great show with a great message and music. It’s also an opportunity for young ladies to grab featured roles as characters in their own age group.

We are just so excited to have some of our girls in these roles. I know they are too! Congratulations to Alevia B (and her sister Addie (Pepper) on her role as Tessie and to Ashlyn F. on her role as Annie! We knew you could do it, Ladies! Super proud of your accomplishments and we can’t wait to see the show.


Giving Musical Instruments for Christmas?

We teach guitar, piano & voice lessons in your area and there is a $25 gift inside for you!
Sign up now for January Music Lessons.

New Teachers – The SJAA is expanding and our student growth this summer has been one for the record books. We are currently interviewing new teachers for several instruments and will have more slots available for learning. If you know a GREAT PERSON who is also a wonderful musician willing to share their craft, we’d love to talk to them about teaching for us!

New Music

“Are You In Love”

We recently produced this song by composer, Simon Fink of Under the Big Oak Tree. It’s got lots of our favorite players on it including members of Kelly Clarkson, Organ Jazz Trio, KC All-Stars, Under The Big Oak Tree, Under the Influence and Soca Jukebox. The song was mixed and mastered by Matthew Russo.

“Uncommon Character” (uncommoncharacter.com) is a rebranding event for our fair city with supporters and key players from all industries and civil organizations.

We love the song and we know you will too!


Upcoming recitals – The fall recital season is upon us with your instructors doing a lot of family-friendly performances around the area. So watch for those and make plans to get out and hear some music this fall and winter.

Regular monthly recitals have resumed with holiday performances at the mall and the monster concert early next year. Dates are below!

Upcoming dates

11/12 – Student Recital, MWSU, 2pm
11/12 – Beth Grace, Preventing Injuries in Music, Presentation, 3pm MWSU
11/23 – Happy Thanksgiving! No Classes
12/2 – Mall-a-thon, East Hills Mall, TBA
12/8 – “Annie” the musical, MO Theater
12/9 – “Annie” the musical, MO Theater


1/20 – Monster Concert (Rehearsals Jan. 12th and the 19th)
2/11 – Student Recital, MWSU, 2pm – Guitar Clinic, 3pm
3/3  –  Pre-Contest Clinic
3/11 – Student Recital, MWSU, 2pm       
3/19 – Due date for evaluatives 
4/14 – Evaluatives
4/15 – Student Recital, MWSU, 2pm/3:30 Honors Recital at First Presbyterian

Welcome Our New Students

Reaganne K.
Joseph P.
Monica O.

Is your Teacher Sold Out?

Guitar Openings – Jason R.

Monday – SOLD OUT
Wednesday – SOLD OUT
Thursday – SOLD OUT
Friday – SOLD OUT

Brent I.
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Student of the Month

Breckin J. – We want to congratulate Breckin on her dedication and accomplishments. As a guitar student with our studio, she is working very hard on her music and is playing her electric guitar beautifully. Breckin was the one and only guitar student performing last months Halloween program, wearing her costume as the princess Aurora from “Maleficent”! She also played a mean “Minor Swing” by Django Reinhardt.

As “Student of the Month”, Breckin will receive an Starbucks gift card from the SJAA!

Congratulations on all your hard work, Breckin. We are super proud to have you as a guitar student at SJAA.

Big thanks to Breckin and her family for recommending their friends to the St. Joseph Arts Academy.

Daytime Lessons Available

Having trouble finding time for music lessons in the evening. We have lots of busy professionals, retirees and home school students who prefer to take lessons during the regular business day. “Lunch Hour” lesson times are available with openings almost everyday between 11am and 2pm.

Hour Lessons

Many of our busy, adult professionals and most dedicated younger students opt for a one hour session. More time and one-on-one coaching with your teacher is a wonderful opportunity to help you reach your musical goals more quickly. If you have the time or interest in an hour session, talk to your teacher and we will work with you to help you get it scheduled.

Guitar in your Home!

We’ve recently started our “in-home” music program for guitar. Many people prefer or need to take a lesson in their homes due to child care, business or even health restraints. We are here to serve the entire community of music learners. If you are interested in or need music lessons in your own home, drop us note. We’ll make arrangements to come to you!

Sign up for Lessons anytime – Lessons are first come, first serve. It’s never to early to sign up. Our lessons are month to month and year round.

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-Awards to Celebrate Achievement

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