Pick Up Notes – January Newsletter

Pick-Up Notes
The Newsletter from the St. Joseph Arts Academy
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Dear Students & SJAA Families,The real life benefits that Music can have for you and your child’s lives are tremendous.That is why we are here and we are here to help.

Thank you for the music,
jason and SJAA

Jason Riley – Director

(816) 294-4856 cell
St. Joseph Arts Academy
(816) 974-SOLO (7656)

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Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

SJAA is Teaching Today.

More on MLK Day, it’s significance and ways to celebrate…


Important Upcoming Dates


SJAA Celebrates 5 Years!

Student of the Month

“Panorama” Steel Drum Ensemble Debuts

Referral Contest Winner-Teresa P.!

“Guitar Mania” Begins in February

Jack Wing Wins State Collegiate Honors

CHS Marching Band Performs at Magic Kingdom

Welcome Master Guitar Teacher Anthony Glise to the SJAA!

New Students


Happy New Year!

Did you know the SJAA coaches taught nearly 10,000 lessons in 2022.  That’s nearly 5000 hours of teaching your amazing students!!!

The SJAA offered over 30 special events for students and faculty in 2022!  Everything from regular monthly recitals to clinics, practice challenges, referral contests, specialty classes, art, Photo Day @ SJAA, Music Festivals (Kauffman Center “Future Stages”, Coleman Hawkins Jazz & Blues, Bluegrass Battles Hunger, AKMA Arts Fair, Bela Fleck in concert, Silver & Gold Banquet, Mall performances and more.

Lots of great stuff ahead for 2023.  Big thanks to the students for stepping up and working hard and to the teachers, parents, families and friends who encourage and support us!

Wishing you all the very best for 2023.  Let’s make it the best year yet!  Happy New Year!!!

Celebrations!SJAA Celebrates 5 Years!

The SJAA is celebrating 5 years!  This week in 2018, we opened in our first commercial space with 2 rooms, 2 teachers and 32 students (all guitar).
Since then, we’ve taken over the whole building
(totally renovated it.  Thank you, Ben and Cooper!),

15 currently in our amazing team teaching most instruments and serving well over 200 families (with room to grow!).

The gratitude list is long on this one (and if you are reading this, you are certainly on it).
Thanks to God, to you and our whole community, we are able to do something really special here.
Happy Anniversary!

All-State Collegiate Violinist!

Congrats to our very own, Jack Wing (violin with Mr. Brock) on WINNING Missouri Music Teacher’s Association Collegiate Strings State Level Competition!!!  Jack works very hard to play great and we all benefit from his excellent example and his positive and upbeat attitude.  Way to go, Jack!!!

Fall Referral Contest Winner!

Drum Roll……

Teresa P.!

She won a random drawing of over 30 Fall referrals to the SJAA.
We’ll share a $100 Visa gift card with Teresa!!!
Congratulations, Teresa! Thank you for referring your friends and family to the Academy.
Winter Referral Contest Starts…. NOW!

CHS Marching Band Performs at
Magic Kingdom/Disney, Orlando Florida

SJAA students, families and instructors made some memories over the holiday break with the St. Joseph Central High School Marching Band.  100 hundred musicians, directors and chaperones (including the SJAA’s Case, Carter, Henderson and Riley families) traveled 24 hours via charter bus to perform at Disney’s Magic Kingdom between Christmas and New Years.  Students made the most of the non-stop traveling which included adventures at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Disney Springs and a day at the beach!

Disney staff treated the band to a “behind the scenes” experience in the back lots as they warmed up and prepared for their march through the Magic Kingdom.  The band looked and sound great performing the classic “On Broadway” through the Main streets of the theme park, packed with encouraging tourists. Some of even joined in following in the parade.  A truly fun and memorable experience for all!  An excellent showing from the CHS band and these well-mannered representatives of our own musical, MAGICAL city.

“We Google’d You”

We’ve now reached over 35, 5-star Google reviews!  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 35, 5-star Google reviews.  https://g.page/r/CZvsJULwejcCEAg/review

Other Big News!

SJAA Performs for the Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet 2023.

The Academy’s newest performance ensembles will debut this week at the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet at the Civic Arena.  The largest professional event for area business leaders, academy students will sing and play to over 900 Chamber members, guests and civic leaders.

The event will mark the debut of the SJAA’s “Panorama” Steel Drum band (directors Jason Riley & Isaiah Sterling) as well as the SJAA Chorale (director Monica King) singing the National Anthem.

Main entertainment for the “St Joseph is a Treasure” themed event will feature professional, Caribbean Steel Island Party All-Stars, Soca Jukebox.

Guitar Mania! Thursdays

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 (includes materials) for just $99. Must have your own guitar (or inquire about a rental). All ages welcome. Thursdays at 7 p.m., Feb. 2 – Mar. 9.  Message us here to inquire or to REGISTER.

Call the academy at (816) 974-7656 or email jason@stjosephartsacademy.com.  Limited spaces available.

Academy Welcomes Master Guitar Prof.,
Anthony Glise to the Facutly!

The St. Joseph Arts Academy is happy to welcome St. Joseph-born guitarist, Anthony Glise to their family of professional teachers and guest instructors. Anthony is on sabbatical from his music professorship in France and while back in St. Joseph, he will be teaching at the SJAA.

Anthony has studied and earned diplomas in seven countries including the New England Conservatory and Harvard University (US), the University of Vienna (Austria), Université Catholique de Lille (France), Accademia “L’Ottocento” (Italy), Nemzetközi Gitárfesztivál (Hungary), etc.

Anthony has spent most of his musical career (since 1994) in Europe where he still records for AME Records (Lyon, France), teaches, performs, and he still does musical research for his books and recordings, but Anthony has deep Missouri roots and in 2006 he was chosen as the “Individual Artist of the Year” by the Missouri Arts Council.


Anthony has limited teaching hours but interested students may contact the St. Joseph Arts Academy for information at: (816) 974-7656.

Welcome to our Newest Students!

Grayson, Deb, Jase, Kade, Brian, Abram, Nathaniel, Gavin, Seth, Aaron, Sue, Maylee, Kaitlyn, Morrison, Graham, Atticus, Brady, Eleanor, Theodore, Harrison, Josiah, Helena, Stacie, Malcolm, Nico, Cree, Kynzee, Stella, Marty, Jayden, Francesca, Braxtin, Jacob, Joel, Ian, Sadie, Kyzer, Sara, Brylen, Lois, Sophie and Trevor!


Student of the Month

Our January “Student of the Month” is

Karson W.!

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

A freshman at North Andrew, Karson is a multi-instrumentalist who travels weekly for acoustic and electric guitar lessons in the studio of Mr. Riley as well as pan, percussion, bass and guitar in the SJAA “Panorama”.  He also plays percussion in his high school band.

He can be found rocking his electric with his own, student led, heavy rock band “The Arsonists” (pictured here) who rehearse and perform regularly in our region.

Mr. Riley says “Karson is a natural musician who is also very hard working.  He is always willing to jump in to play and support others.  He sets a great example for all with his positive attitude, he’s an encouraging band mate and friend who is eager to learn all he can.  And, it just really pays off in all he does with music, his schooling and in his family.  I’m lucky to get to be his coach.”

Way to go, Karson!  We are SO proud of you!!

We’ll celebrate Karson with an Amazon gift card!

Thank you, Karson 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.

SJAA ”Pet of the Month”!Our January “Pet of the Month” goes to

Emma, Macie and Logan’s dog!  Thank you to the Cook/McClintick family for sharing a photo of your sweet fur baby.  Each month, SJAA will select a pet to feature and a donation will be made to Friends of the Animal Shelter of St. Joseph and St. Joseph Animal Shelter in honor of all of our local pets in need. Share a favorite pic of your favorite pet and maybe they’ll be named the SJAA “Pet of the Month”!  Bring on those adorable snapshots!

Updated Calendar
SJAA 2023

1/1 – Happy New Year! SJAA Closed

1/21 – Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet, “Panorama” Steel Pan Ensemble Debut, SJAA Singers National Anthem, 6pm, Civic Arena, PRIVATE

2/2 – Kiwanis Club of St. Joseph, Director Presentation w/Jason Riley.  12pm AKMA

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

2/18 – SJAMTA “Monster Concert” Potter Fine Arts Theater, Wyatt Park Christian Church, 3pm/SJAA “Panorama” Steel Pan Ensemble

3/19 – SJAMTA student recital, Potter Hall MWSU, 2pm – Clinic, 3pm TBA

4/15 – SJAMTA Evaluative Auditions, Potter Hall MWSU

4/16 – SJAMTA student recital, Potter Hall MWSU, 2pm

– SJAMTA Honors Recital at 330

6/3 – AKMA Art Fair 10am-8pm  TBA

6/14 – SJAMTA Board Meeting TBA

7/4 – Happy Independence Day!  SJAA Closed.

8/20 – Imagine Eleven Back to School TBD

12/25 – Merry Christmas!  SJAA Closed.

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.

It’s fun!  Thank you for that.

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

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Monthly tuition for private lessons (30 minute weekly sessions) is $102

Lesson Policy

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 ($25.50) when they register for lessons. ($60.50 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?

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 not a student yet, there are still limited lessons spots available.

Andrew Holmes 830 Tuesday

Brent Isom 3 Monday

Claire Gerhardt FULL

Darren Verbick FULL

Isaiah Sterling 530 Tuesday

Jason Riley FULL

Jolie Riley FULL

Marina Gurnovich 4 Thursday

Monica King 7 Thursday

Terry Brock FULL

Tyler Boone 930 Saturday

Anthony Glise 4 Monday

 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.

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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