The Write Notes – March 2021

Dear Students & SJAA Families,Spring is finally here!

March serves as the one year anniversary of our initial quarantine followed by a 2020 that was… let’s say… unique.

While not without some great benefits, our families faced incredible challenges and uncertainties that added a lot of stress to our lives.

I want to extend a sincerest “Thank You” to you, our amazing instructors, awesome students and families who remained dedicated to your music lessons and personal growth.

When some gave up or other businesses simply couldn’t make it, the academystayed strong and steady.

It is at testament to the character of all of our members and to a deep belief in the power of music and art in our lives.

Safety will remain our first priority.  And the academy is growing again with new teachers and new families coming aboard for the adventure.

We have big things ahead and lots to look forward to TOGETHER.

Hope you will remain safe and well.  God bless your family and have a very happy spring.

Thank you!
jason and SJAA
Jason Riley (Director)
816 294 4856 (personal cell for call or text)

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Welcome to our newest teachers and team members!  Marina Gurnovich (Piano/Voice), Darren Verbick (Piano/et al) & Dan Bliss (guitar).  We are so fortunate to have these master teachers working with our students and families at the SJAA.

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

It continues to be safety first around here.  Teachers will remain in masks.  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!

Sunny, Gavin, McKynlee, Bianca, Georgia, Ava, Alejandro, Piper, Matthew, Tristan, Logan, Sari, Elizabeth, Abby, Duncan, Hazel, Diane, Ledger, Allicen, Jacob, Jaxsen, Emma, Jayleon, Baylee, Teresa, Teagan, Bentley, Alexander, Garrison, Mike, Hannah, Carol, Jeff, Joe & Braden!

Student of the Month

Our March “Student of the Month” is…

Gwen J.!

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

Besides her guitar lessons w/Jason and a piano lesson with Brent, Gwen brings a smile with her wherever she goes. She enjoys sports, traveling, art, music and spending time with family and friends. Gwen loves to play with her dog, Pfeiffer and aspires to be a vet when she grows up. Gwen has a big heart and is a joy to be around.

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

Thank you, Gwen 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.

Stay Tuned!

Announcing more new classes, specialty clinics and summer events for all ages soon.

Upcoming Events2021
3/4 – “Uke-Box Heroes” Thursdays, 6pm begins 6 weeks (no class 3/18)

3/4 –  “Guitar Mania” Thursdays, 7pm begins 6 weeks (no class 3/18)

3/7 – 2pm SJAMTA student recital, Violin Masterclass, 3pm CANCELLED

3/23 – “Music/Art Fun” Mondays, 930am 6/4weeks (Music ages 2-4, Art 3.5-5)

3/30 – “Super Art” Tuesdays 6pm begins 4 weeks (Grades 1-6)


“Music Moves Us Together” Vol. 3 Video Concert

4/7 – “Music Fun” Wednesdays 530pm begins 6 weeks (ages 2-4)

4/24 – “Music Play” Saturdays, 11am begins 6 weeks (ages 1-3)


5/15- SJAMTA Strings Evaluatives at SJAA – TBA

5/22 – SJAMTA Piano Evaluatives MRS. Chesney’s Studio – TBA

SJAA 2nd Annual Songwriting Festival

SJAA Coloring Contest

Summertime Practice Challenge

8/21 – MO Bicentennial Civic Center Park, TBA


9/18 – “Hawkfest” Blues & Jazz Festival, Coleman Hawkins Park, 130


10/24? – Photo Day @ SJAA, times/venue 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.

Monthly tuition for private lessons (30 minute weekly sessions) is $96

Lesson Policy
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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.  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 – Full
Brent – Full
Mary Jo – Tuesday 4 & 530
Isaiah – Monday 5 & 630, Tuesday
Jason – Full
Eric – Monday 5
Jennifer – Tuesday at 4

Darren – New day coming soon!
Dan – New day coming soon!
Marina – Monday 630, Friday 430

 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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