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.

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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…
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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…

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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.

 

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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
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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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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 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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St. Joseph Arts Academy

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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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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.  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.

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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Everything You Need to Know About Music Lessons in St. Joseph, MO

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Everything You Need to Know About

Music Lessons!

A Guide for Student Musicians and Parents.

St. Joseph Arts Academy – 4th Edition (January 2021)Welcome to the St. Joseph Arts Academy…3

Academy Mission 3

Where Can I Take Lessons? 4

When Can I Take Lessons? 4

Who Takes Music Lessons? 5

What We Teach. 7

How Long Does It Take to Learn a Musical Instrument? 9

How Much Does It Cost? 9

How or When Do I Pay? 10

How Do I Enroll? 10

Why Do People Take Music Lessons 11

Recitals/Adjudications 12

Books/Materials 12

How to Practice 13

Expectations 14

Make-ups 14

Awards 15

Photo Day 15

How Does it Work (Drop Off, Pick Up) 16

Community 16

Resources 16

Conclusion 17

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“Everything You Need to Know About Music Lessons”

© 2022  All rights reserved.  Music Accomplished.

Welcome to the
St. Joseph Arts Academy

Everything You Need to Know About Music Lessons

So you are thinking about starting music lessons.  Music is a wonderful part of the human experience and brings many benefits to our lives.  Learning to play music or providing lessons for a loved one is one of the greatest gifts you can give or receive. 

If you are new to music education or have never played an instrument, you may have some questions.  This booklet should help in answering some of the most common questions or concerns for those just starting out.  If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to write or us a call.  We are happy to provide any information you need in making the best decisions about getting going with your music lessons. 

Wishing you the very best on starting (or continuing) along the path of the advancing musician.

Jason Riley

Director – SJAA

jason@stjosephartsacademy.com

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 entertain others to happily share their skill and talents in love and gratitude to make the world a better place.

OUR MOTTO…

Music Accomplished!

Where Can I Take Music Lessons?

Most communities offer a variety of options for music lessons.  Depending on the size of your city, lessons are likely offered through college and university music departments, continuing education programs, local music stores, music conservatories and music schools as well diverse and varied instruction from private teachers in homes, school or church settings.

The SJAA is THE hometown music school in our area.

We are conveniently located at 2021 N. 36 Street, St. Joseph MO  64506, just off the Belt highway with easy access to shopping and dining.

When Can I Take Music Lessons?

Many music teachers maintain very busy but limited teaching schedules.  Most are available during “after-school” hours between about 3 and 8pm during the week.  Some are often available on Saturdays too.

At the SJAA, lessons and classes will soon be offered 7 days a week.  We know our students and their families have complex and busy schedules also so we strive to be available for them as they need.  This will eventually include studio hours from 9am-9pm during the week, 9am-5pm on Saturdays and even 1-6pm on Sundays.

Scheduling your lessons at the SJAA is easy and convenient.

Write info@stjosephartsacademy.com, Call/Text 816-974-7656 or

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Who Takes Music Lessons?

Music lessons are available to anyone with the desire to learn.  You are never too young or too old to begin or make new progress with a musical instrument.

Students – Music students can range in age from infant to retirees and seniors.  The youngest students often work along with parents in music courses designed for pre-K, like KinderMusik.  Actual lessons on most instruments can begin by the age of 5 or 6.  While the elementary, middle and high school years are a common time to study music in school or privately, college-age students and professional adults of any age can also advance in their musicianship through very serious approaches or more as hobbyists.

While some students may want to pursue the highest levels or musicianship, we do not expect that every music student should want to become professional musicians.  Our purpose is to help all students achieve their potential, reap the many benefits of music study and reach their personal musical goals.

Teachers – Like students, music teachers come with a wide variety of personalities, abilities and experiences.  Music teachers in our community range from accomplished students with just a little experience to accredited educators and college professors with doctoral degrees.

Being a great musician doesn’t automatically make someone a great teacher.  In our opinion, the best teachers have an expertise on their instruments, many years of teaching or performing experience and positive mental attitudes.  They are patient, encouraging AND they have a desire to teach and share music in the lives of others.

Our teachers at the SJAA are good, high-quality individuals, first.  Next, we seek out teachers with college music degrees or 20 years or more of performance experience.

We work hard to provide all our teachers with the resources they need to be successful with their students and that includes on-going continuing education and teacher training.  Our teachers have the best available approaches and methods for teaching and getting results for our students.

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Parents – Parents, grandparents, other family members, friends and guardians play very important roles in the success of music students.  Besides transportation to lessons and  making payments, these care-givers on the home-front monitor practice, give encouragement when things get tough and show support in concerts and recitals.

Parents and adult mentors validate the importance of music lessons for their students, helping students view their study and instrument as a priority and something extremely valuable to them, the family and the whole community.

We wouldn’t be able to have the success we’ve had with our students without these wonderful, loving and encouraging parents and extended family supporting our young musicians every step of the way.

Director – SJAA director, Jason Riley is a professional musician and teacher.  With degrees in classical guitar performance and commercial music, he has toured and performed with national and international artists throughout the U.S and Europe.

Jason has a number of albums to his credit and has produced and played on countless others as a sideman.

As an instructor, he has operated his own private guitar studio for nearly 30 years and has taught for Benedictine College, Missouri Western State University and has been a featured clinician in many guitar festivals and camps.

Besides guitar, Jason has taught private and group classes in multiple styles for bass, banjo, mandolin, ukulele and harmonica.

Jason’s wife, Jolie is also a wonderful musician and educator with the St. Joseph School District.  The SJAA is the natural extension of their aspiration to offer something truly special and needed to young artists and musicians in our area.

What We Teach

We teach aspiring and advancing musicians how to play musical instruments (or use their voice) in traditional, creative and technically appropriate ways.  Our studio was founded as a master private teacher studio with an emphasis on guitar.  As an example, our guitar students have always learned the most important elements required to be successful with the instrument.  Including but not limited to…

Music Reading

Scales

Chords

Technical Exercises

Traditional Repertoire

History and Interpretation

Musicality

Theory and Fretboard Logic

Ear-training

Performance Skills and Etiquette

Lessons for all instruments include the same basic foundation while concentrating on the idiomatic approaches that arise with any individual instrument. 

Students can take lessons on the most popular “Western” instruments that you find in the school band, orchestra, jazz bands, church praise teams, string bands and choirs.  Again, including but not limited to…

Piano

Guitar (acoustic & electric)

Violin (strings)

Viola

Cello

Bass (acoustic & electric)

Drums/Percussion

Banjo

Ukulele

Mandolin

Voice & Singing

Harmonica

Band Instruments (trumpet, trombone, clarinet, flute, saxophone)
& MORE!

We also specialize in EARLY CHILDHOOD MUSIC classes and offer lots of fun Art classes and other music clinics and special events for all ages.

Great teachers for more rare instruments might be more difficult to find in our area.  We strive to connect interested students with the most qualified teachers even if it means referring them to teachers outside of our community.

Students also learn in a variety of musical styles.  Duke Ellington famously said “There are only two kinds of music, good music and the other kind”.   It is part of our mission to share and foster an appreciation of all kinds of music.  Learners are inspired to play by the music they love.  Often that is the music they are most familiar with, songs they hear on the radio, in movies or in church. 

Students should play the music they love and be introduced to new music at the same time.  We focus on standard repertoire in classical, jazz, rock, blues, country and popular music.  This also includes many sub-genres such as baroque, swing, heavy metal, delta blues, bluegrass or hip-hop.  Students and teachers may also agree to specialize or focus on specific styles for any number of reasons that might include preparing for a show, a concert or an audition.

There are also a number of teaching methods that would be in use.  One of the great benefits of one-on-one learning is the ability to tailor methods to an individual’s learning style.  We are all unique and we all learn differently. 

A great teacher is one that can identify best approaches and practices along with their student.  They guide and encourage and help them implement best music learning strategies based on the strengths of the individual. 

Methods would include music reading and rote learning (learning through demonstration).  Some students are strong visual learners while others have a strong auditory sense or prefer to read things from the page and implement.  For others, group learning is best. 

While not all teachers or studios offer awards or recognition, at the St. Joseph Arts Academy we have a reward system in place for accomplishment.  We give the students the incentive to achieve, to move up and to grow in their musicianship in a number of ways.  Certificates, medals, pins, special commemorative items, even gift cards are used as rewards for completing books, receiving honors or performing in recitals and concerts or in special recognitions like our “Student of the Month”.

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How long does it take to learn a musical instrument?

We encourage all of our students to be life-long learners.  Learning or playing a musical instrument could offer greater and greater rewards over many lifetimes.  Having said that… most students will learn the basics in about one year with proficiency coming with in just 4 or 5 years.  It really depends on the individual and even more on the amount of time and perfect practice they can invest in their instrument.  The student who practices 10 minutes a day for 5 years will learn quite a lot but some students will devote 2 hours a day or more.  Obviously, it’s about the time dedicated to effective practice over years.

A bachelors degree in music takes about 4-5 years to complete.  Most of those students have already played or studied for many years before even beginning the college program.  Serious or professional level players go on to many more years of dedicated practice and performance.

One of the greatest benefits to learning an instrument is that it can be a lifelong adventure. 

Athletes only play football for a few years and those school years are limited.  Musicians can enjoy music and their instrument their whole life through. 

Now that really is the gift that keeps on giving!

How much does it cost?

Lesson fees have a wide range based on where you are in the country.  In the larger urban centers like New York or LA, people pay more for everything (including music lessons) than we do in the Midwest.  Fees are also subject to demand. 

Some teachers are highly revered or in high demand.  They may only accept students based on audition or they may be a specialist teaching a rare instrument or style.  These expert teachers can command higher fees. 

At the time of this writing, a 30 minute music lesson in the US runs from about $20-75.  At the SJAA, we charge $25.50 for a 30 minute private session but we also offer hour sessions, ensembles and specialized classes.  Students who are really enjoying their instrument and the culture often take one or more private lessons and participate in ensembles as well.

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How or When do I pay?

Lessons at the SJAA are month to month.  While some other private studio teachers may even allow week to week payments, monthly payments are the industry standard. 

Monthly fees for a 30 minute private music lesson once per week are just $102.  For your convenience, we use an auto-pay system that can be applied to your credit card or to your bank account.  Fees are collected at the first lesson of every month and guarantees your time slot for that month.  We do require a 30 day written notice if you need to stop for any reason (summer vacation, take a break, etc.) or discontinue all together. 

How do I enroll?

It’s easy to enroll! 

Simply call or text the Academy (816-974-7656)

…request info at http://stjosephartsacademy.com/request-info/

…or drop us an email to info@stjosephartsacademy.com and we’ll get you registered. 

We’ll get your basic information and get you scheduled with a great teacher on your chosen instrument.

The registration fee is just $35 (mention that you’ve read this “Everything You Need To Know About Music Lessons” and we’ll register you for FREE!).

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Why do people take music lessons?

Benefits of Music Education – There are number of reasons people choose to study music or learn a musical instrument.  Many are called just because of their love of music or they have an undeniable desire to learn to play.  It’s a kind of personal development that “improves” or aids a human being in so many ways. 

Studies have shown that music students are better at math and reading, they have better listening and communication skills as well as spatial awareness like hand/eye coordination. 

Let’s not forget important skills like patience, discipline, persistence and practice.

Many parents want their children in music for just these benefits.  Some wish they had been able to study when they were young and maybe didn’t have the opportunity.  They want to give something to their children that they didn’t have.

There is also a sense of community through being involved in music.  We all want to belong, to be accepted and to be part of “the gang”.  Joining a school band, the local orchestra, forming your own jazz quartet or singing in a choir connects you to others through the special activity of music. 

Every performer knows about the relationship between what’s happening on the stage and what’s happening inside the audience who are listening.  We are sharing of ourselves, our hearts and minds.  We are conjuring feelings and emotions in the ring of live performances. 

We are all there together in the moment.

We also see a lot of “non-traditional” students, older folks or retirees just starting in music lessons or maybe returning.  These people tend to be looking for something productive to do with their newly found “extra time” or they seek the mental challenges that music brings to keep their brains strong and healthy in their later years. 

Sometimes it’s just a bucket list item, something they’ve always wanted to do. 

Grandma’s and Grandpa’s do a lot of transport, encouraging, practicing and even paying for music lessons for the young musicians in their life.

Amateur and professional musicians who play at very high levels continue to take lessons too.  You are never finished in music.  You can always go further, learn more, take it to the next level.  These students are more after coaching similar to the high-achievers in any sport or business. 

It’s helpful to have another expert analyze your skills and give you a fresh perspective on something that might be holding you back or just help you stay motivated to be the best that you can be.

Recitals/Adjudications 

Performance opportunities and testing are an important part of the music learning experience.  At the collegiate and conservatory level, students give mandatory performances regularly and are tested in a formal adjudication at the end of every semester.  Many private teachers do not offer these opportunities at all.

At the SJAA, we offer recital opportunities nearly every month during the school year and have invitations to perform at community festivals and other events during the summer. 

We offer a formal adjudication every April along with our local music teachers association.  Students CHOOSE whether they want to participate in recitals and testing.  They are not mandatory. 

Not every student wants to perform but most do and many want to play every chance they get.  We encourage them to play at least one time in the fall and then another time in the spring or summer but quite a few get on stage at every opportunity. 

Parents and families love RECITALS and they make for some great memories

Practicing performing in recitals and in adjudication helps students deal with anxiety or nervousness.  It gives them something very specific to buckle down and prepare for as well as providing valuable feedback.  Feedback that might be from a judge about a specific passage or movement as well as feedback from teachers, parents and loved ones who just say “Way to go!” or “so proud of your accomplishment”.

Books/Materials 

Each instrument and level will require its own books, materials or other items specific to that instrument.  Most teachers use their own specific or even proprietary methods with their students.  They will have the books or other materials available for sale in many cases.  Other times, they’ll have a list of the necessary materials that you could get at the local music store or online.

As an example, besides their instrument, guitar students require a tuner, picks, guitar strap, footstool, notebook or binder and maybe even more specialized equipment like capos, amplifiers, pedals and cables for electric guitar.  A music stand is an important piece of equipment.

Most students will go through a series of books every year to an additional cost of about $10-50 depending on how fast they get through the material.  Collecting and keeping a variety of music books is a great way to build your own music library for review or reference down the road. 

At our studio, we have an amazing library of music books and musical magazine subscriptions for the use and constant advancement of our teachers and our students.

How to Practice

Success in music is based on practice.  The saying “practice makes perfect” is not necessarily the best advice in music.  We like to say “perfect practice makes perfect”.  In reality, it’s all about focused, perfect practice, over time.  You can’t cram for music they way you might pull an all-nighter for a test.  Studies show that’s a bad idea too. 

Every teacher knows the value of practice or what happens with a lack of it.  At our school, we adhere to the adage of the famous violin teacher, Shinichi Suzuki who said you only need to practice “the days you sleep and the days you eat”. 

Time spent in daily practice is also based on your level and your age.  Younger children shouldn’t be expected to practice as long as an adult professional.  The practice session is really basically the same for both though.  Doing the best you can for the time that you have allotted.  7 days a week is the best you can do but 6 is still great.  5 is very good in fact.  For best results, keeping it at 5 or more days is a good idea. 

Very young children just beginning might do just 10 minutes a day, a 16 year old with some experience might be doing 45 minutes with music majors and professionals doing many hours a day. 

There are a number of examples of virtuoso players who practiced and studied 6-10 hours a day over many years!  Again, our approach is that a student should practice most everyday, doing their best with the time they have and to keep that routine going over years to become proficient.

For more info, we’ve got another article specifically dedicated to practicing and practice techniques…

http://www.stjosephartsacademy.com/how-to-practice

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Expectations

Learning music is not a casual enterprise.

It demands a serious commitment of time, energy and money to be successful. 

We expect that music learners should love their lessons and have a great experience.  Learners should expect great advancements followed by plateaus.  This is the nature of the climb.  We make a lot of progress and things can flatten out until we reach the next hill to climb, summit and plateau again.

Learners should expect to do the work.  To practice.  Everyday mostly.  They should expect to feel uncomfortable or “out of their comfort zone’’ as this is where we grow.  We stretch.  We become better than we were before.

We expect a commitment.  Teachers and learners working together towards specific and tangible goals. 

We expect everyone involved to be seriously invested in the process of learning.

We expect to create reliable employment for teachers.

We expect that you will learn, advance, grow and achieve your musical goals.  You can do it. 

We know how and can be your guide along that path.  Let’s climb together.

Make-ups

Many studio teachers offer a “NO MAKE-UP” policy.  If you miss a lesson you are simply out for that week.  I even know of a very famous teacher who would decline a student if they missed ONE lesson.  If you had to miss a time slot with him, it was up to YOU to send someone else in order to hold your spot.  I’ve worked with conservatory department heads that insisted you dismiss or flunk students who missed more than one “unexcused” lesson.

This all may seem very harsh.  But it’s a great example of how seriously professional musicians take their work.  It is very unlikely that these folks ever missed lessons or took advantage of the time of their coaches or esteemed teachers.

Make up policies are diverse as teacher are diverse.  Some are very flexible with available times others have extremely full schedules which simply don’t allow for make-ups.

If you have to miss a lesson, advance notice is always the best option.  Let your teacher know that you will be missing.  This will allow them to make the space available for another student (maybe even you) that is looking for an alternative slot that week.

For many years, as a single teacher studio, our policy has been “48 Hours Notice” for a missed lesson.  We may not be able to offer a make up but you would not be charged.  Now with managing and paying multiple teachers, this has become impossible.

If your teacher has to miss a lesson for any reason, you will not be charged for that lesson.  We credit your lesson to the next months payment.

We are in the process of implementing a more fluid system of make up lessons.  Students and families will be able to schedule their make-ups in advance for Saturday group sessions throughout the year.  You can schedule them any time.  “In Advance” is encouraged as space is limited each week. 

We want to provide the easiest solution and the extra value in time spent with a great teacher for your music lesson investment.

Awards/Rewards 

Learning music and playing an instrument has many intrinsic rewards in and of itself.  At the SJAA, we like to celebrate, honor and recognize our students’ specific milestones and achievements.  We award and reward musical accomplishments with certificates, pins, wrist bands, trophies and even gifts.  Whenever a student finishes a specific level, certain books, performs in recital or is honored in any way, we want to recognize that achievement and share our pride in them. 

Each month we select one student who has achieved something remarkable as “Student of the Month”.  These students receive an additional gift as well as being announced on our website, Facebook page and in our newsletter.

Students and families who refer new students to our Academy receive additional rewards for their referrals.  Free lessons, free books, iTunes, Amazon or East Hills Gift Certificates are all favorite choices of our students.

Photo Day

Just like in sports and dance, our music academy offers students a photo day once per year.  Students and parents have the opportunity to get a professional photo taken with their instruments or even an action shot!  Young students especially grow very quickly and these photos are great keepsakes of the memories and milestones we make in our musical seasons.

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How does it work?

Drop off, pick up, waiting room

Most lessons begin on the hour and half hour.  Students should arrive on time or just a few minutes early.  Parents are always welcome to sit in on the lessons.  Always or anytime!  They are also welcome to drop students off to run errands and then pick them up after the lessons.  We strive to have comfortable waiting area and clean restrooms for folks who prefer to sit and wait. 

As a workplace for music staff, students and teachers, we want to you to feel welcome and comfortable in our studios.

Community

It’s a simple fact… Music brings people together.  We are blessed in that our region has so many talented players, dedicated teachers, lovers of music and encouraging supporters.

We are a family. 

Studying a musical instrument and participating with the SJAA make you part of an extended family.  Our students have peers and mentors to encourage them and to keep them accountable.  There is always someone you can lean on, gain inspiration from, ask questions of and just friends to hang out with. 

We’ve got your back.  That’s what real community is all about.  That’s what it means to be a family.

Resources

The St. Joseph Arts Academy is your local resource for all things musical.  We are here to help the aspiring musicians in our community find the support they need and deserve.  If you have any other questions or concerns about your music lessons, please don’t hesitate to call or drop us an email.  We are here to help.

The book “Help! My Kid is Taking Music Lessons” by Anthony Glise is another excellent resource for parents with children in music lessons.  On Amazon: http://a.co/9fLuU1N

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Conclusion

Learning a musical instrument is a serious endeavor.  It definitely takes a commitment of time to be successful not to mention an investment with your dollars.  Having the right teachers, mentors or coaches is a vital part of the process in learning that can actually save you time and frustration.  These trained professionals can put you on a guided plan towards your musical goals and oversee your progress every step of the way.

It is our heartfelt belief that music study has important effects on the individual.  Music brings people together and makes the world a better place to live. 

We want everyone to play!

The skills a person learns through playing an instrument have positive effects in nearly every other aspect life.  We are here to encourage and support YOU!

Thank you for the time to read “Everything You Need to Know About Music Lessons”!  We hope it’s provided the information you truly needed (and maybe some you didn’t know you needed) to make the best decision about music lessons for yourself, your family or friends. 

We hope you’ll join us!  Please consider referring your friends or family members to the Academy.  We greatly appreciate your referral.

Thank you for encouraging the musicians of all ages in your life.  It’s never easy to learn to play an instrument.  But, it brings such value to the individuals, our community and the world.

In support of YOUR music,

Jason Riley

Director – St. Joseph Arts Academy

jason@stjosephartsacademy.com

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“Everything You Need to Know About Music Lessons”

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Event Space for Birthday Parties in St. Joseph Mo

Looking for a great spot to celebrate a birthday with friends and family that won’t break the budget?

The St Joseph Arts Academy is available to rent for your special event.

We have a large space with tables and a kitchenette area for serving treats and refreshments.

Available for Adult and Children’s events of all kinds.

Options could include a musical or art activity for you and your guests led by one of our own SJAA staff.

Space includes clean bathrooms, folding chairs and tables, double sink and large counter top, farm-style table, mini fridge, Big Screen TV and sound system for Karaoke or a dance party.

Available by reservation.  First Come.  First Serve.  Space is available most friday evenings, saturday afternoons/evenings or all day sunday.

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2027 North 36th Street
Saint Joseph, MO 64506
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Music Lessons Near Me St. Joseph MO

When seeking music lessons near me in St. Joseph Mo you can trust the expert instructors at the St. Joseph Arts Academy.

We offer high quality, private lessons in guitar, piano, drums, voice, ukulele and have an excellent strings programs with violin and cello.

Occasionally,  students will ask for lessons in mandolin, banjo, harmonica and electric bass and we can accommodate those instruments too.

The Academy offers other special clinics and group classes in guitar and ukulele.  Our annual Maestro series offers masterclasses and other presentations from a visiting guest artist.

Our early childhood music program is one of the most important things we can do for our community.  Music classes for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers advance the brain and social development for our littlest learners and get them started with the life-long benefits of music early.

So whenever you are looking for music lessons “near me”, we hope it will be easy to find the St. Joseph Arts Academy online here or at the Academy Facebook page.

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Offering quality acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, voice & singing, bass, drums, violin, cello, banjo, mandolin, ukulele lessons, toddler music, pre-school music & art classes in St. Joseph, MO.

Serving the communities of St. Joseph, Atchison, Smithville, Savannah, Weston, Dearborn, Elwood, Wathena, Maryville, Stewartsville, Maysville, Weston, Platte City, North Kansas City, Country Club MO, Amazonia MO, Avenue City MO, Troy KS, Easton MO, DeKalb MO, Rushville, Agency MO, Gower MO, Oregon MO, Union star, Faucett MO, Dearborn MO, Plattsburgh MO & Mound City MO

St. Joseph Arts Academy
2027 North 36th Street
Saint Joseph, MO 64506
(816) 974-7656
info@stjosephartsacademy.com

www.stjosephartsacademy.com

Looking for great live music for your special event?
www.jasonriley.com
Looking for the best live band for your special event?
www.socajukebox.com