The Write Notes – August 2017

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

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

We Played at Trails West! – This summer has been one of the busiest on the books. Students and families dedicated and re-dedicated themselves to their lessons and their instruments. Summer is a great time to double down, achieve some goals and spend a little extra time just playing music for yourself, your friends and your family.

A few students even doubled their lesson times AND their practice time to really make the most of it.

On top of that… We played at Trails West! Trails West is the biggest arts and music festival in our area. The SJAA guitarists performed to a packed tent on a beautiful Saturday morning. We played some of the standard hits as an ensemble and then all of the kids were featured on their own repertoire in a duo with their instructor. Lots of great and diverse music from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Beethoven and Duke Ellington! Familiar and fun music in classical, jazz, rock, blues and country.

This was a first for a school like ours and it was an amazing day. Thanks to all the players and their families for coming out to play and support this amazing festival.

Back to School Music Lesson! – It’s that time again? Really? Already? Yes! We are getting our “Back to School” schedule all lined up! Lessons are first come, first serve. It’s never to early to sign up. Our lessons are month to month and year round.

-High Quality, FUN & Personalized Lessons
-Master Guitar Teacher – Jason Riley
-Month to Month Lessons
-Conveniently Located
-Beginners to Advanced, Open to all Ages
-Free, All-Inclusive Recitals
-Widest Range of Lesson Times
-Awards to Celebrate Achievement

It’s Easy to Take the Next Step…


News –

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

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

The SJAA is very excited about the invitation to present our students at two our regions largest and most popular summer festivals.

Sept. 9 – Coleman Hawkins Blues Festival, Coleman Hawkins Park, 2pm

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

The Coleman Hawkins Blues Festival is the sister festival of the Coleman Hawkins Jazz Festival. Jazz in June and Blues in September all at Coleman Hawkins Park (and gazebo) in downtown St. Joseph. We’ll be performing for the very first time as the “St. Joseph ‘Blues’ Academy Saturday, September 9 at 2pm. It will be a great day for family, friends and fun music in honor of one of St. Joseph’s most famous, musical native son.

Center for Entrepreneurship

We’ve been invited to present our business to the local small business network in St. Joseph. “Cup of Joe” is a weekly meeting of the best entrepreneurial minds in our community. There are two presenter every week that discuss their businesses and follow up with a Q&A session to the benefit of the entire group. SJAA will present our business on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at the East Hills Library. 10am!

New Music

Along with Shawn Minter’s Debut Solo Album “Life Again” (available on iTunes or CD’s at the studio), we are working on two more album projects for release in 2017. Soca Jukebox will release their second live album in 2018 entitled “This is Soca Jukebox”. I’ll also be releasing my 5th solo album project later this year!

Upcoming dates

8/19 – Trails West w/St. Joseph Arts Academy, 10:15am
8/19 – Centerline Volleyball w/Soca Jukebox, Blue Springs MO, 7pm
8/20 – Solo @ Jowler Creek Winery, Platte City MO, 1pm
8/20 – Trails West w/Under the Influence, 630pm
8/21 – Great American Eclipse, 1pm
9/2 – Wathena Fall Festival w/Under the Influence, Wathena KS, 8pm
9/9 – C. Hawkins Blues Fest w/St. Joseph Arts Academy, Coleman Hawkins Park, 2pm
9/16 – State Theater w/Soca Jukebox, Mound City MO, 7pm
9/17 – Student recital, MWSU, 2pm
9/30 – Street Dance w/Under The Influence, Savannah MO, 8pm
10/7 – Hands-On St. Joe, Downtown, 10:30-noon, 1-2:30
10/19-22, 2017 – FARM 2017 Conference in Iowa City, Iowa
10/29 – Halloween themed student recital, MWSU, 2pm
11/12 – Student Recital, MWSU, 2pm
12-2 – Mall-a-thon, East Hills Mall, TBA


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

Welcome Our New Students

Jonathan B
Anna C
Derrick H
Ron T

Is your Teacher Sold Out?

Guitar Openings – Jason R.

Monday – SOLD OUT
Wednesday SOLD OUT
Friday – SOLD OUT

Brent I.
New Teacher Openings on Tuesdays!
Tuesdays OPEN 3-8pm

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Student of the Month –

Tim P. – We want to congratulate Tim on his dedication and accomplishments. As a guitar student with our studio, he is achieving his personal goals of self-enrichment and playing in his church’s praise band.

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

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

Big thanks to Tim and his family for recommending their friends to the St. Joseph Arts Academy.

Daytime Lessons Available

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

Hour Lessons

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

Guitar in your Home! –

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