The Write Notes – August 2020

Dear Students and families,

Ready or not.  With kids being away from classrooms since mid-March, the return to school looks a little different for all of us.

While many are eager to return in-person to their friends and their teachers some have opted to home school or study virtually.  (I’m not really fond of the “virtual” description for online-learning.  I prefer “actual” and we all expect our students to “actually” learn some great stuff however the lessons are delivered.)

While most of our students have returned to in-person lessons, we still are able to teach music online to those who choose.  In fact, we have teachers dedicated to online music education for students who simply need it. And, if needed the SJAA could make the switch to online music lessons as a whole simply and quickly.

It will continue to be safety first around here.  Our waiting areas are technically still “closed” for the time being and we remain diligent.  Our protection plans, safety and cleaning protocols are constant, continuous and on-going.  The SJAA is dedicated to making any needed changes and in tune with local and state guidelines.  

Hope you’ll stay tuned with us as we have a lot of big things ahead for our students.  

Special performance opportunities, contests and more.  We are always working towards something fun and rewarding.

Wishing you and your whole family the very best in the days back to school.  Hope it’s a great year for all.

Thank you!

jason and SJAA
816 294 4856 (personal cell for call or text)
  Join or Share us on Facebook/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.  They just fill in your name on the “How did you hear about us?” section at registration and we’ll credit you!
 New Teacher! – Welcoming Mrs. Erin Lippincott and her family to the SJAA!  Erin is joining us in our growing our Early Childhood Music programs as well as some new offerings in Arts, Crafts and some fun things for JUST for GROWN-UPS!  We are so excited to have Erin on our team and can’t wait for her to share her music and art with Academy students and families.

Silver & Gold Banquet – We took a crack squad of singers and guitarists out for the monthly Silver and Gold Banquet.  Ethan, Molly, Alex and Ashlynplayed an extended set of features and ensemble pieces in this “live stream” performance.

You can see it here…

New Website! – Ye Ol’ Dotcom is getting a facelift!  Coming soon to the WWW.
Welcome to our Newest Students!
Lilliana, Ellie, Scarlett, Amaliya, Breesa, Nataly, Bianca, Natalia, Andrew, Reese, Justin & Ken!GROUP CLASSES @ the SJAA

Early Childhood Music Registration
Register now for “MUSIC FUN” Toddler Music classes at the SJAA.

6 weekly sessions for just $99.Monday morning classes at 10am from Sept. 14 to Oct. 19.
Tuesday evening classes at 630pm from Sept 15 to Oct 20Limited space available.  Ages 2-4 or call (816) 974-7656
 Early Childhood ART RegistrationRegister now for “ART FUN” Toddler Art classes at the SJAA.4 weekly sessions and materials for just $99.Thursday morning classes at 11am from Sept. 17 to Oct. 8.
Saturday morning classes at 930am from Sept 19 to Oct or call (816) 974-7656

Limited space available.FREE “Intro to Guitar” ClassJoin Academy Director, Jason Riley in getting started on the right foot (finger) with your guitar playing in this fun and accessible class.  
1 hour session and includes materials.  Must have your own guitar (or inquire about a rental).
All ages welcome.  Saturday, October 3 at or call (816) 974-7656Limited space available.


Double-dog-dare-you classes just for adults coming in Oct., Nov., & Dec.  Fun, seasonal painting and gift ideas workshops.

Student of the MonthOur August “Student of the Month” is…Zoe M.!!!

We are so lucky to have Zoe and her family with us at the SJAA.
She is going to be a 3rd grader this year and loves playing her violin (student of Mr. Brock), the piano, and doing crafts! Zoe enjoys playing with her siblings, playing sports, spending time with her family, and wants to be a teacher when she grows up.

We love that about you, Zoe!We’ll celebrate Zoe with an Amazon gift card for her!Thank you, Zoe 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.Come by and take a selfie with our “fireworks” window theme (where “Hamilton” is not throwing away his shot!) for the Community Commerce Quest presented by the Missouri Business Podcast.  “Tag” the SJAA Facebook page and the MBP for a chance to win vacation trips to amazing locations.
SJAA’s Upcoming Recitals 9/26 – “Bluegrass Battles Hunger”, TBA Coleman Hawkins Park10/11 – Photo Day @ SJAA, times/venue TBA

10/17 – “Music Moves Us Together” Fall Online Music Recital, video submission deadline10/17 – “Mall-o-ween” 2pm Halloween-themed SJAMTA student recital12/5 – “Mall-a-thon” 10am-4pm at East Hills Mall (SJAA time slot MORNING TBA)12-19 – Beethoven’s 250 Birthday
2021  2/20 – TBA SJAMTA Monster Concert3/7 – 2pm SJAMTA student recital, Violin Masterclass, 3pm TBA, MWSU4/10 – SJAMTA Evaluatives, MWSU4/11 – 2pm SJAMTA student recital, MWSU
3:30 SJAMTA Honors Recital at First Presbyterian 6/11-12 – “Hawkfest” Blues & Jazz Festival, Coleman Hawkins Park, TBA8/20-21 – MO Bicentennial Civic Center Park, TBA
TBA – Robidoux Resident Theater presents “School of Rock”SJAA Specific Events in BOLD

We’ve got our first order of SJAA ball caps with our new logo!  In Red, Black, Tan & Navy.  Just $15!

Books!Is your student ready for new books? We carry a very limited supply of instructor approved titles. Talk with your teacher about your next books and we’ll get them ordered.

 Who remembers music videos?  Do they still make them?


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 
– Is here and copies are at the studio… 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
8162944856 (personal cell)
Here to help! Call or text if you need anything at all.
 {| o }===:::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 – Mondays 430, Wednesday 630
Brent – Tuesday 5, Thursday 6

Mary Jo – Tuesday 4 & 530
Will – Monday 5 & 630
Jason – Full
 – Cello Coming Soon!

 SJAA Classes/Courses – Guitar, Piano, Violin, Cello, Voice, Ukulele, Drums, Mandolin, Banjo, Electric Bass,  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.
Free Wi-Fi – SJAA password “MusicAccomplished”

Academy MissionOur 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 © 2020 St. Joseph Arts Academy, All rights reserved.