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!

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Jason Riley – Director
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St. Joseph Arts Academy
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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!


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 –

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!

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.


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.



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


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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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
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 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.

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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.


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