The Write Notes – June 2017

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

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

Summertime is in full swing! We hope you are off to a great summer time with your family and friends. It’s a great time use your extra free time to pick up a new instrument or really buckle down on your musical goals.

We have many brand new students starting this summer. Some of our more dedicated students are even starting new instruments or expanding to hour long sessions to make the most of their vacation.

We recently took a one week summer break so our family could take our annual trip to Gulf Shores, AL. It’s a great time with our friends and extended family. We have lots of fun on the beach, we eat great food and we play a lot of music together and sing everyone’s favorite songs. We call it the “Hootenanny Hotel” and we have a wonderful time being together and music is a big part of it.

My guitar goes everywhere I go. But we also take extra guitars, ukuleles, a keyboard, a bunch of shakers and noise makers and song books along. Always a great trip!

Wishing you a very safe and happy summer as you do your own traveling and fun-time getaways.

News –

Home Runs for Rose – I was very proud to be able to perform with our band, Soca Jukebox recently for the 2nd annual, “Home Runs for Rose”, a charity event to fight childhood cancer. For the most part, it was a warm but beautiful day with families meeting for a charity softball tournament and live music.

We played alongside regional favorites, Outlaw Jim and The Nace Brothers as well as national recording artists, Pure Prairie League.

While we made it through our set, an impending thunderstorm forced us to cover the stage, batten down the hatches and take cover for about an hour. The storm passed and the show went on!

The event was a great success and raised over $15,000 that was awarded to a local family fighting for and alongside their young son.

It’s amazing the good work that a little music (and some softball) can accomplish.

Great Guitars – I’ll be performing alongside to championship winning guitar players this week. The Walnut Valley Guitar Festival and Competition is the super bowl of finger style and flat picking guitar competitions hosted in Winfield, KS. Magoon’s in St. Joseph will be presenting the 2016 1st (Jack Wilson from Chicago) and 2nd place (Dan Bliss from KC) champs this Thursday, June 22 at 7pm. Talk about taking a lesson! I’m going to be front and center and even get to throw a few chords into the ring myself!

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.

Aug. 19 – Trails West, Civic Center Park in St. Joseph, 10:15AM
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!

Trails West is the 3rd weekend in August annually in the civic center park behind city hall and features national and regional musical acts on 3 stages as well as many fine artists and craftsmen. It’s St. Joseph largest and longest running arts and music festival. August 19, 10:15AM.

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 in the fall!

New Music –

Along with Shawn Minter’s Debut Solo Album “Life Again” (available on iTunes, Shawn’s Website 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 later this summer entitled “This is Soca Jukebox”. I’ll also be releasing my 5th solo album project later this year!

Upcoming Dates

7/7 – Sounds of Summer w/Soca Jukebox, Coleman Hawkins Park, 630pm
7/14 – Sounds of Summer w/Under the Influence, Coleman Hawkins Park, 630pm
7/15 – Amelia Earhart Festival w/Under the Influence, Atchison KS, 7pm
7/16 – Imagine Eleven w/Maria the Mexican, Coleman Hawkins Park, 6pm
7/31-8/3 – Summer Break, No Lessons or Classes.
8/5 – “Jeep n’ Jammin’ 4 Brett” w/Soca Jukebox, Coleman Hawkins Park, TBA
8/13 – Imagine Eleven w/Soca Jukebox & Shawn Minter, Coleman Hawkins Park, 6pm
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

Mark M.
Stefan M.
Shallon L.
Hank J.

Is your Teacher Sold Out?

Guitar Openings – Jason R.

Monday – 430pm
Tuesday – Lunch Hour Lessons available
Wednesday SOLD OUT
Thursday – Lunch Hour Lessons available and 6pm.
Friday – SOLD OUT

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Student of the Month –

Molly R.! – Besides her guitar studies, Molly was our first-ever student to perform in recital on her ukulele! She also had a great experience recently recording some of her favorite music in a professional recording studio. She sang, played guitar and of course, her UKE!

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

Congratulations on all your hard work, Molly. We are super proud to have you as a guitar and ukulele student at SJAA.
Big thanks to Molly and her 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.

Summer lessons –

Are your kids going to be driving you crazy this summer? Parents want their children in productive and growth oriented activities during those off months.

Summer is an excellent time to start a new instrument, rededicate yourself to a serious practice schedule and set short term musical goals. Students actually have more time to practice during the summer without competing with their regular school work. Summer also adds for flexible scheduling.

The “lazy days” of summer just don’t exist around here. The SJAA is a year round school. Let us help you make the most of your summertime.

Hot Fun in the Summertime – Summer Guitar Lessons

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!


Thanks for reading our monthly newsletter from the St. Joseph Arts Academy.  Drop us a note if you have something you’d like to see more of here (or need anything at all).

Have a great summer, everyone!

Director, St. Joseph Arts Academy        Music Accomplished       (816) 974 -SOLO (7656)