The Write Notes – June 2019

The Write Notes
The Newsletter from the St. Joseph Arts Academy
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Dear Students and Families,

Summer is here! Hope everyone is off to a great one and making the most of it.

Our family took our first ever visit to the Wisconsin Dells region right after Memorial Day. Lots of geographic and scenic beauty and more waterparks per square mile than anywhere in the world. Our favorite was the “Hurricane” at the Glacial Hills Resort. We also did our very first ZipLine! I’m not really good with heights but I didn’t cry (that much), definitely out of my comfort zone but proud to be able to keep up with the kids. Granny even did it!

We hope it will be a great summer for your whole family.

Here for whatever you need. Best to each!
jason and SJAA

816 294 4856 (personal cell for call or text)

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HawkFest –
St. Joseph’s Own Blues and Jazz Festival.
Free and Open to the Public
Academy Students perform on Saturday, June 15 at 1230pm
Coleman Hawkins Gazebo (Downtown St. Joseph)
Come support our students and live music in our hometown!

We even made the “Live” Section of the St. Joseph News Press

MORE News…

New Sheriff in Town! – We are proud to welcome Emily Stark to our Admin Team. Already one of our treasured violin, voice and early childhood specialists, Emily has stepped up to an organizational role in this important time in the growth of the Academy. Look for info and messaging from Emily and the SJAA.

Congratulations! – Our very own, Monica King (voice, piano) has accepted the Music teacher position at Mark Twain Elementary in St. Joseph. While she’ll still be an important part of our teaching team at the Academy, we know how lucky they are to have her working with the St Joseph Public School District. Congratulations on your new position, Monica!

Bluegrass Battles Hunger – The SJAA was recently invited to participate in the annual “Bluegrass Battles Hunger”, Sept. 28 in Coleman Hawkins Park. One of the great summer festivals (and the only one centered on acoustic, bluegrass and old-time musics) the BBH benefits another of our favorite local organizations the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Pizza Par-tay – We got the teaching team together this week (nearly impossible to get us all together in the same room). It’s basically Music, Music, Music, PIZZA! Lots for us to celebrate and fun to talk and hear what everyone is doing.
Yes… we were talking about you!

** Dad’s Rock!
Father’s Day – To all of our strong, handsome and fun Dad’s, Happy Father’s Day! Hope it’s a great one for you and the family. Thank you for all you do for us here and for the musicians you love at home.
“The St. Joseph Arts Academy Presents”

Maestro Series – Roddy Barnes (July 12-14)

“The St. Joseph Arts Academy Presents” is kicking off a series of Master Classes, clinics and specialty classes with visiting or guest clinicians next month. Our first artist is Blues, Boogie Woogie, New Orleans piano stylist, singer and songwriter, Roddy Barnes from Richmond VA.

Friday, July 12 – MasterClass: 2pm
(Songwriting, Piano or Vocal, All Ages, All Styles Welcome)

Saturday, July 13 – Songwriting Clinic: 11am
Saturday, July 13 – Blues, Boogie Woogie and New Orleans Clinic: 2pm
Sunday, July 14 – Gospel Choir Clinic: 2pm

$35 for the Complete Series
$20 ala carte Classes

Sessions approx. 90 minutes. Classes limited to 12. First Come, First Served.

Private lessons available.

It’s easy to register…
call or text: Jason (816) 294 4856, Emily (816) 752-1106 (

Stay tuned for some new, fun, informative and engaging extensions of our programs. Clinics and Masterclasses on specific topics, interests and instruments are coming soon.
Coloring Contest –
Show us your coloring skills! You don’t have to stay in the lines either. This coloring page with plenty of details is not for the faint of heart. For students and their grown-ups too. Our teaching team will choose one of our favorites and the artist will receive a $25 gift card. Contest runs until June 22. Download the page here…music accomplished SJAA color page ( or pick up a copy at your lesson. Sharpen those crayons and colored pencils and show us what you can do!
Welcome to our NEW Students and families!!

Madylinn, Mary, Will, Rain, Jace, Lucy, Steevie, Meg, Hadley, Alyssa, Maliea, Kemper & Marleigh.


Student of the Month

Our April “Student of the Month” is…

Vivian K.!!!

We are so lucky to have Vivian and her family with us at the SJAA. An attendant of North Andrew High School, Vivian has been an active participant in musicals at her school and in the community. Vivian has been studying voice with Monica for almost a year, and her passion and enthusiasm for singing has made her a joy to teach. Not only does Vivian come prepared for every lesson, but she frequently listens to musicals and brings suggestions for new repertoire to her lessons.

We’ll celebrate Vivian with an iTunes gift card for her!

Thank you, Vivian 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.
Special of the Month!

Snark Clip-on Tuners – We have a limited number (only 8) of these Snark Son of Snark mini clip-on tuner. The tiny design lets it sit directly on the back of your headstock, so you won’t need to plug into a separate tuner pedal when you’ve got the Snark Son of Snark Clip-on Chromatic Tuner.
Features at a Glance: Compact clip-on tuner. Perfect for acoustic, electric, and bass guitar.
We offer these at a discount to SJAA members.

Just $10 (you save $4.99).

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.
“Shhh, It’s Leopold!”

SJAA’s Summer Festivals

Upcoming Recitals


June 15 – 1230pm “HawkFest” Coleman Hawkins Park

“St. Joseph Arts Academy Presents”
Master Series w/Roddy Barnes July 12-14, 2019

July 12 – MasterClass: 2pm (Songwriting, Piano or Vocal, All Ages, All Styles Welcome)
July 13 – Songwriting Clinic: 11am
July 13 – Blues, Boogie Woogie and New Orleans Clinic: 2pm
July 14 – Gospel Choir Clinic: 2pm
Private lessons available.

July 17 – 1245pm “Silver & Gold Banquet” Word of Life Church
Aug. 31 – “JoeStock” Coleman Hawkins Park (deadline Aug 15)
Sept. 15 – 2pm SJAMTA student recital
Sept. 28 – Bluegrass Battles Hunger
Oct. 23 – names due for Monster Concert
Oct. 27 – 2pm Halloween-themed SJAMTA student recital
Nov. 17 – 2pm SJAMTA student recital (patriotic/Thanksgiving themed)z
Dec. 7 – Mall-a-thon 10am-4pm at East Hills Mall (SJAA time slot TBA)


Feb. 8 – SJAMTA Monster Concert (rehearsals Jan 31, Feb 7)
March 8 – 2pm SJAMTA student recital
April 25 – SJAMTA Evaluatives
April 26 – 2pm SJAMTA student recital, 3:30 SJAMTA Honors Recital at First Presbyterian

SJAA Specific Recitals in BOLD
“The Summer of 2019”

Summer is the best time for outdoor music and music festivals.

St. Joseph has an amazing culture for live music all summer long with FREE concerts like “Parties on the Parkway”, “Sounds of Summer”, “Hawkfest”, “JoeStock” & “Imagine Eleven”.

I always look forward to this busy season at home and on the road with so many great acts. I’ll be doing some solo work besides sharing stages with many of the great regional (and National) acts from our area. Keep and eye and an ear out for us… (Soca Jukebox, Jason Riley, Under the Influence, Under the Big Oak Tree, The Nova Project, The St. Joseph Arts Academy and More!)

Early childhood music classes!
(Coming Soon)

2 and up – mommy and me class – infant to one year olds – large class setting.

Musical, vocal and dance playtime and games.

The benefits are developing musical abilities on an appropriate age level, developing creativity and imagination, all motor development, and music have been proven to help improve language, literacy, and social/emotional development.

Email jason at ( for more information.

While we are still accepting VENMO, cash and checks, the SJAA is moving closer to convenient auto-drafting from credit cards or your bank account. Ask you teacher for a form or feel free to follow the link to fill the authorization, bring it to your lesson and we’ll get you set up.

Auto-Payment Authorization

Lesson Policy
– Is here and copies are at the studio…
Thank you for reading “The Write Notes” – Newsletter from the St. Joseph Arts Academy!

It’s going to be 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.


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?

JC – Mondays, 3 & 330
Andrew – Tuesdays, 245 & 715
Emily – Monday 730, Friday 530 & Saturday (newly open)
Monica – Wednesday 430 & 7
Brent – Tuesday 4 & 630, Thursday 330
Jason – Full
Terry – Full

SJAA Classes/Courses – Guitar, Piano, Violin, Voice, Uke, Early Childhood

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 entertain others to happily share their skill and talent in love and gratitude to make the world a better place.


Music Accomplished!