Pick-Up Notes – February 2022 Newsletter

Pick-up Notes
The Newsletter from the St. Joseph Arts Academy
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Dear Students & SJAA Families,

Hi Everybody.  It’s Jason Riley here, Director of the St Joseph Arts Academy, the areas fastest growing and largest music school!

I want to thank all our teachers, staff and especially you, our students and families for making that a reality for us and our community.  Thank you.


Are you off to a great new year in 2022?

We have started strong at the SJAA with lots of great events and experiences on the schedule for ’22!

The biggest news, celebrations and simple updates are all below.

Lots, lots, LOTS of fun stuff, current and upcoming classes and special events.

Important Upcoming Dates
200th Student!
Family Safety Plan
We’re Going to Graceland!
Welcome New Students


Thank you for sharing your family with us at the Academy!

jason and SJAA

Jason Riley – Director

816 294 4856 (personal cell for call or text)


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200th Student! – 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!

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!

SJAA turns 4! – We celebrated our 4th anniversary in our commercial space on January 8th this year.  Easy to remember as it’s always on Elvis’ birthday (coincidence?).  We’ve come a long way from our humble beginning here with 2 rooms, 2 teachers and about 35 guitar students.  Thanks to all who have supported us as we grow this baby!

Welcome Jeremy Eaton! – So happy to welcome Mr. J to our amazing faculty!!!  Jeremy’s schedule filled up quickly with great students in piano, voice & trumpet.  A multi-faceted and inspiring person and teacher.  Welcome, Jeremy!

Teacher Appreciation – We celebrated our teachers in an informal dinner at Jake’s Steakhouse in January.  Fun to get together and talk shop (yes, we talk about our students successes and challenges and work together for all hands/minds on deck!).  We’ve got the best team and it’s a joy to show them how much we truly appreciate them.  AND.. the love continues this week with Teacher’s Cookie Week!  More sugar anyone?

Happy Valentines Day! – We had a great valentines week (and it still continues!).  Granny prepared over 200 treat bags for the students we love.  Games and fun to win holiday, solar Bobble heads and a “guess the number of candies” in the Valentine’s Jar contest.  Congrats to Tara and Breanna for their closest guess without going over!  120 candies per jar!!  Let’s continue to share the love all year ’round, shall we?

Monster Concert – Congratulations to the students of Mr. Verbick and Mrs. Riley who joined the “largest piano ensemble around” in last weekend’s 42nd Annual SJAMTA Young Monster Concert at MWSU.  A great experience for everyone involved and the performance was simply top-notch.  Way to go, guys!

“We’re Going to Graceland” – Academy Director, Jason Riley will join hundreds of leading music academy owners from around the country for an educational conference at the home of “the King of Rock-n-Roll” in early April.

Missouri Bicentennial Highlights – We recently submitted this highlight reel for consideration in some very special upcoming festival opportunities (stay tuned).  Showcasing individuals and ensembles from last year’s MO bicentennial celebration.  Here if you want to check it out!  https://fb.watch/bcVw6zZ_YK/

Restroom Remodel – Super happy to announce our final remodel is complete.  Restroom #1 finally got a “floor lift”, a new vanity and some fresh paint.  We like it!

Google Reviews – 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.

google review link


Thank you!!

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

One of the things that is most important us as an school of fine arts is keeping our students, families, staff and teachers safe.  We follow and belong to the initiative called FamilySafetyPlan.org.  This is a nationwide program.  It’s a pledge that music schools take to keep their students safe by doing various security procedures.  So, just having glass on every door, office staff present, during every lesson, open door policy,  background checks on every teacher, a lot of great stuff, and we’re very dedicated.  We have a great track record of keeping our students safe because it’s so important to us.  Check it out.  It’s a great read, FamilySafetyPlan.org.
Welcome to our Newest Students!
Wesson, Calvin, Cameron, John, Kathryn, Grace, Parker, Daisy, Grace, Brooklyn, Hatcher, Claire, Anna, Ray, Rainier, Zavan, August, Jacob, Alex, Michael, Stephanie, Ira, Liam, Finley, Carter, Kyler, Cyrus, Tonie, Bradley, Ron, Roman, Dirk, Hudson, Nehemiah, Zachary, Tara, Cord, Grace, Olivia, Kaden & Dylan!
Upcoming GROUP CLASSES @ the SJAA in 2021

“Play More, Practice Less!”

Effective Practicing Clinic

Date(s):  Saturday, Feb. 19

Time:  2pm

FREE and open to all instruments and open to the public

(Limited Spaces Available!)

Register today!  – Call/Text (816) 974-7656

Email jason@stjosephartsacademy.com

Facebook Messenger @stjosephartsacademy


Open to All Instruments (and Voice!).


Early Childhood Music Registration

Ages 2-4 years – Register now for “MUSIC PLAY” Toddler Music classes at the SJAA.

6 weekly sessions for just $99.

Saturdays at 11am  from Mar. 19 – April 23.
Limited space available.
jason@stjosephartsacademy.com or call (816) 974-7656

Clay – Mania!
“Clay Mania!” DIY Clay Sculpture Classes

Got a young artist who wants to get hands-on, creating, molding, shaping and painting?

Date(s):  6 weekly, 50 minute sessions,  March 1 – April 5, 2022

Time:  530pm-620pm

Just $99! (includes materials)

Registration Deadline:   2/25/22

(Limited Spaces Available!)

Register today!  Message us Here or…

– Call/Text (816) 974-7656

Email jason@stjosephartsacademy.com

Facebook Messenger @stjosephartsacademy


Description –

Making three different types of clay with ingredients that can be found at home. With the clay, we will create a small piggy bank, wall pocket sculptures, and beads/pendants for jewelry or keychains. This will be a 6 week class, 60 minutes each.

This would be best for 4th-9th grade, but can be flexible.

“Guitar Mania!”

“Intro to Guitar” Class

Join Academy Director, Jason Riley in getting started on the right foot (finger) with your guitar playing in this fun and accessible class.
6 weekly, 50 min sessions and includes materials.  Must have your own guitar (or inquire about a rental).
Ages 8 – Adult.  Thursdays at 7pm, Mar. 31 – May 5.

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

Limited space available.


Student of the Month

Our February “Student of the Month” is…

Parker S.!!

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

Parker is 12 years old and lives with his family in Savannah. Parker has performed in Adams Family Jr., Matilda Jr., Guys and Dolls Jr., and is busy rehearsing for March 2022 performances of Xanadu and Shrek Jr. When he’s not on the stage, Parker drives quarter midget race cars  and enjoys hanging out with his friends.  His favorite color is pink and he wants to be an entrepreneur.  He is a vocal student of Monica King at the SJAA.

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

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


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.

We’re Hiring!

Exceptional Staff & Instructors.


We’re Hiring!  Exceptional Instructors and Staff.

Private & Group Coaches instructing…

PIano, Guitar, Violin & Strings, Voice & Singing, Drums, Band Instruments, Art, Early Childhood, Tutoring and More!  Apply NOW!

Benefits of Coaching with the St Joseph Arts Academy… Excellent Pay, Flexible Hours, Part of a Great Team, Rewarding Work, Valuable Experience & Support.

“Play More, Practice Less!” Free Practice Clinic Saturday Feb. 19, 2pm!  Call or email to register.  Limited spaces available.
Upcoming Events2022 
1/1 – Happy New Year – SJAA closed.

1/22 – “Music Play” Saturdays, 11am begins 6 weeks (ages 2-4)

1/22 – Teacher Appreciation Event, Jake’s Steakhouse, 6pm

2/3 – “Guitar Mania” Thursdays, Intro to Guitar Class begins 7pm – 6 weeks

2/7 – “Guitar Mania” Mondays, Intro to Guitar Class begins 7pm – 6 weeks

2/12 – SJAMTA “Monster Concert” Potter Fine Arts Theater, MWSU, 3pm

2/19  – “Play More, Practice Less” Clinic w/Jason Riley, SJAA, 2pm FREE

2/22 – “Clay Mania” Tuesdays, Sculpture Art Class begins 530pm – 6 weeks

3/12 – SJAMTA Pre-Contest Vocal Clinic, Times TBA

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

3-19 – “Music Play” Saturdays, 11am begins 6 weeks (ages 2-4)

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

SJAA Specific Recitals in BOLD


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.


Lesson Policy
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Thank you for reading -“Pick-up 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
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.  Referring AND referred students are entered in a monthly drawing for a $50 Amazon Gift Card!  Thank you for referring your friends and family to the Academy.

Does Your Teacher Have Openings?

If you need a schedule change or would to be added to a waiting for a particular teacher, please contact our office and we can add you to the waiting list.  If you are no a student yet there are still limited lessons spots available.

Jolie – SOLD OUT
Terry – SOLD OUT
Frank – Wednesdays TWO SPOT LEFT
Isaiah – Monday ONE SPOT LEFT
– Tuesdays ONE SPOT LEFT
– Thursdays ONE SPOT LEFT
Dan – Mondays ONE SPOT LEFT
Jeremy – SOLD OUT
Marina – Mondays ONE SPOT LEFT
– Thursdays ONE SPOT LEFT
Andrew – Tuesdays ONE SPOT LEFT
Emily – Mondays ONE SPOT LEFT
Monica – Mondays ONE SPOT LEFT
– Thursdays ONE SPOT LEFT
Brent –  SOLD OUT
Claire – Tuesdays ONE SPOT LEFT
Tyler – Thursday TWO SPOT LEFT
Darren – Wednesday ONE SPOT LEFT
– Thursday ONE SPOT LEFT
Mary Jo – Virtual ONE SPOT LEFT
Jason – SOLD OUT

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

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.

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.


Music Accomplished!


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