The Write Notes – December 2020

Dear Students & SJAA Families,Hey everybody, it’s Jason Riley, director of St. Joseph Arts Academy with our final newsletter and updates for the year. We appreciate your feedback that you’re enjoying these messages. We’re going to keep doing these to let you know what’s going on at the school, and the latest and greatest.

One of the things we’re very excited about is everybody’s seeing the vaccines are starting to go out.  I realize there’s a long road ahead of us, but I just wanted to stress the positive. That’s my job as director is to stress the positive, look for the light, look for the future and that’s what we’re going to do. We’re very excited and encouraged about that news-very happy that’s in motion.

We’ve pledged as a team, as a school and as a family to keep each other safe. To say 6 feet apart, to wear our masks, to use hand sanitizer, to wash hands, constant cleaning and disinfecting work spaces. We’ve pledged to stay safe throughout this and not get slack – we’re going to finish strong.

I’d like to give a big welcome to all of our new students. If it’s your 1st time with us, welcome. So excited that new students have been signing up at SJAA.  We’ve got students from ages toddler to retirees and all in between.

We are so excited and hopeful about the return of live music in 2021.

I want to end by giving 3 BIG THANK YOU’S. Students, number 1, thank you.  You’re the ones that stood by us. So thank you, thank you students for taking lessons with us in person and online. We were hybrid before hybrid was cool, and offered Skype and Facetime. We’ve done it for years and now we’ve got Zoom and GoogleDuo. We’re going to offer it after, so it’s always your choice whether you want to come in person or online. We’re excited to see everyone back more and more in person. Just thank you students for being with us. You are the heroes of 2020 and we greatly appreciate you.

I want to thank all of our teachers. They’ve been working so hard to do virtual recitals, virtual lessons, in person lessons, they’ve made it work. They’ve done an A plus job. So teachers thank you, thank you for all you’ve done and onto better things in 2021.

And of course, a huge thank you to the parents, grandparents, extended family and friends who support and encourage our advancing musicians. For working tirelessly to get everybody where they need to be with their lesson and practice reminders,  Zoom log ins, virtual recitals, and of course, managing all in person activities. Thank you for all the dedication you’ve shown us this year – could not have done it without you.

So God bless you, Merry Christmas and here’s to a great 2021 and making music with you at the SJAA.

Jason Riley
816 294 4856 (personal cell for call or text)

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2020 – What a Year!?  We’ve almost made it.  In a year when everything has been cancelled, friends and families at the SJAA stayed strong.  We opened our large classroom and 3 new studios.  New signage and our very own mural.

We went totally online for 2 1/2 Months during the only lock down our generation has ever seen.

We kept working towards our goals with 2 “Music Moves Us Together” Virtual recitals, our first Songwriting Festival, a very successful Summertime Practice Challenge, coloring contests, performed In-person for the Silver & Gold Banquet, “Mall-0-Ween” & Mall-a-thon!

We started our first (very small) group classes in Guitar, Ukulele, Free intros, Early Childhood & ART!!!

We welcomed some new, great teachers to our team and some amazing new families and students.

We kept working, growing and sharing our passion, creativity and music.

All together, We are doing something special at the SJAA.
Christmas Specials

“Stuff the Stocking”

WE SOLD OUT of our first ever launch of our “stuff the stocking” special. This was a “done for you” stocking. It has lots of great stuff in here for your loved ones. Only 99 dollars. It’s worth 184 dollars. It’s got a Month of free lessons certificate in it, free registration, retail instrument specific stuff, note cards for piano students, drum sticks for drum students, guitar stuff for guitar students, art stuff for art classes, candy, chocolate, pencils. It’s just an awesome, awesome gift and  ready for the tree.

We’ll try again next year.

Last Minute Gifts They Need! –  Just $15  –  Choose from Stands, foot stools, tuners, hats, shirts & “string swing” guitar wall hangers.

Shop St. Joe – We participated for the 3rd year in a row in this fun Chamber of Commerce promotion for local holiday shopping.  I’m sure we’ll win next time!

Our protection plans, safety and cleaning protocols are constant, continuous and on-going.

It continues to be safety first around here.  Our waiting areas are technically still “closed” for the time being and we remain diligent.  The SJAA is dedicated to making any needed changes and in tune with local and state guidelines.

Welcome to our Newest Students!
Aliza, Brett, Jeff, Jackson, Brianna, Isaiah, Chanelle, Emma, Isabelle & Ashley!
Upcoming GROUP CLASSES @ the SJAA in 2021

Early Childhood Music Registration

Ages 2-4 years – Register now for “MUSIC FUN” Toddler Music classes at the SJAA.

6 weekly sessions for just $99.

Wednesday evenings classes 530 pm  from Jan. 13 – Feb 17.
Limited space available.

Ages 1-3 years – Register now (deadline January 7) for “MUSIC PLAY” Toddler Music classes at the SJAA.

Saturday morning classes at 11am from January 9

Limited space available. or call (816) 974-7656


Early Childhood ART/MUSIC Registration

Ages 2 – PreK – Register now for “ART FUN” Toddler Art and Music classes at the SJAA.

4 weekly sessions and materials for just $69..

Tuesday evenings classes 5 – 6 pm  from Jan. 5 – 26. or call (816) 974-7656

Limited space available.

Elementary ART Registration

Grades K thru 6 – Register now for “SUPER ART” Elementary Art classes at the SJAA.

4 weekly sessions and materials for just $79.

Tuesday evenings classes 6-730pm  from Jan. 5 – 26. or call (816) 974-7656

Limited space available.


Double-dog-dare-you classes just for ADULTS coming in 2021!
January 16 or 23.


Guitar Mania –  “Intro to Guitar” Class

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 and includes materials.  Must have your own guitar (or inquire about a rental).
All ages welcome.  Thursdays at 6pm, Jan. 14 – Feb. 28. or call (816) 974-7656

Limited space available.

Guitar for Singers 

Learn great back-up guitar styles (strumming and fingerpicking patterns) to accompany your own singing or to jam with friends.  Join Academy Director, Jason Riley in this fun and accessible class all about singin’, strummin’ and pickin’ familiar favorites.

6 weekly, 50 min sessions and includes materials.  Must have your own guitar (or inquire about a rental).
All ages welcome.  Thursdays at 7pm, Jan. 14 – Feb. 28. or call (816) 974-7656

Limited space available.


Student of the Month

Our October “Student of the Month” is…

Grace Mosiman

We are so lucky to have Grace and her family with us at the SJAA.

Grace excelled in our very first “Super Art” Class!  She really liked the abstract stuff which she said is “action art”.   Grace enjoys dancing and cooking but says her favorite food is chocolate.
She loves art and we love that about you, Grace!

We’ll celebrate Grace with an Amazon gift card for her!

Thank you, Grace 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.

Upcoming Events2021
2/20 TBA SJAMTA Monster Concert
3/7 – 2pm SJAMTA student recital, Violin Masterclass, 3pm TBA
4/10 – SJAMTA Evaluatives
4/11 – 2pm SJAMTA student recital, 3:30 SJAMTA Honors Recital at First Presbyterian
6/11-12 – “Hawkfest” Blues & Jazz Festival, Coleman Hawkins Park, TBA
8/20-21 – MO Bicentennial Civic Center Park, TBA



TBA – Robidoux Resident Theater presents “School of Rock”



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.

Lesson Policy
– Is here and copies are at the studio…

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.  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
Isaiah – Monday 5 & 630, Tuesday
Jason – Full
Eric – Monday 5
Jennifer – New Day Coming Soon!

 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.

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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2509 Ashland Ave

Saint Joseph, MO 64506-1938

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