The Write Notes – December 2017

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

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

2017 was inaugural year for the SJAA. The transition from our private music studio to the academy has been dedicated and deliberate. We didn’t exactly know how it would work out but we had a vision about what might be possible.

Over 12 months, we set up websites and social media. We taught of 1400 music lessons (mostly guitar and ukulele). Many wonderful new students and families came on board.

Our students had over 10 recital, concert and adjudication opportunities including performances at Trails West and the Coleman Hawkins Blues Festival.

It’s been a great year for music education in our community. Thank you for the opportunity to serve, teach and share the gift of music with you and your family. We are blessed.

News –

New Location!!!

After more than 15 years of a one man, guitar studio operating out of the home office, we are so excited to be expanding to our first commercial location in 2018.

We’ve got a great new spot in the Beck Road Center near the corner of Beck and 36th Streets.

St. Joseph Arts Academy
2027 N. 36th Street
St. Joseph MO 64506

While you will always be welcome at the house, your lessons will taking place at the new Academy beginning January 8 (hey, that’s Elvis’ Birthday!).

We can’t wait to welcome you and show you the new digs.

Did you get a new Musical Instrument for Christmas?

We teach guitar, piano & voice lessons in your area and we have immediate openings with new teachers beginning with us in the new year.
Sign up now for January Music Lessons. FREE Registration in January (a $25 dollar value).

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!

New Music –

“Are You In Love”

We are working on two album projects for release in 2018. 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 recitals – The 2018 recital 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 fall and winter.

Regular monthly recitals will resume in the new year with the monster concert coming up first on January 20. Dates are below!

Upcoming dates

12/2 – Mall-a-thon, East Hills Mall, TBA
12/8 – “Annie” the musical, MO Theater
12/9 – “Annie” the musical, MO Theater


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
9/8 – SJAA Coleman Hawkins Blues Festival, 2pm

Welcome Our New Students

Thanks to all the new students who joined us in 2017


And THANK YOU to all of our advancing musicians who return again and again.

Is your Teacher Sold Out?

Guitar Openings – Jason R.

Monday – SOLD OUT
Wednesday – SOLD OUT
Thursday – OPEN 3:30
Friday – SOLD OUT

Guitar, Piano, Voice – Brent I.
New Teacher Openings on Tuesdays!
Tuesdays OPEN 3-8pm

Voice, Piano – Monica K.
Monday OPEN 3-8
Wednesday OPEN 3-8

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Refer us to your family, friends and company.
One of the ways that this Academy is able to grow is by enrolling great students JUST LIKE YOU! Please consider referring your friends or family members to the studio.
We greatly appreciate your referral.

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Thank you for referring your friends to the Academy!

St. Joseph Arts Academy

Student of the Month –

Alex P – We want to congratulate Alex on his dedication and accomplishments. As a guitar student with our studio, he is working very hard on his music and is playing his classical guitar beautifully. Alex is very accomplished for his young age setting the record for 6 recital performances in 2017 playing classical, jazz and blues. He is also a strong and talented swimmer!

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

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

Big thanks to Alex 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!

Sign up for Lessons anytime – 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

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