The Write Notes – March Newsletter

2509 Ashland Ave.
St. Joseph MO 64506 (816) 974 – SOLO (7656)

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MU Guitar Day
“Life Again” Shawn Minter
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#1 Choice for Music Lessons! Do Dogs Have a Favorite Kind of Music
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6 Tools that Boost your Guitar Playing
Coleman Hawkins Blues Festival

(816) 974 -SOLO (7656)


2509 Ashland Ave.
St. Joseph MO 64506

We’ve been invited to teach at the MU Guitar Day. Friday, April 14 – University of MO – Columbia Campus.
Any students or families who wish to attend or participate, just let Jason know and we’ll get you the additional info.

St. Joseph Arts Academy 2509 Ashland Ave
St. Joseph, MO 64506 (816) 974 -SOLO (7656)

Guitar Day at University of Missouri – Columbia

Student of the Month – Alevia B.
Check out Alevia’s incredible Valentine’s Day Box! She put a lot of work into it building it to scale! Way to go, Alevia!

This Month’s Newsletter:
• How Does The Summer Work?
• Students of the Month:
• Welcome Our New Students!
• Refer A Friend And Get Two Free Lessons! • MU Guitar Day
• Upcoming Recitals

Life Again
Last year, we made an amazing debut record with an amazing Christian vocalist and good friend, Shawn Minter.
The album should be available later this month and features familiar, uplifting hits in gospel, contemporary christian and christian rock.

St. Joseph ARTS Academy
The Academy would like to welcome our newest students…

Ashlyn F.
Christian G.

Important Dates

Upcoming Recitals and Family Friendly Shows!

Mar. 12 – Student Recital, 2pm. Potter Fine Arts Rm 112, MWSU campus
Apr. 1 – Music at the Mansion, Wyeth-Tootle Mansion
April 7 – Charles Iner, Senior Guitar Recital, 4pm. O’Malley/McAllister, Benedictine College Atchison KS April 14 – MU Guitar Day. University of Missouri – Columbia.
Apr. 22 – Evaluative Auditions – MWSU All Day
Apr. 23 – Student Recital, 2pm Potter Fine Arts Rm 112, MWSU campus
Apr. 23 – Honor’s Recital, 330pm, First Presbyterian Church
Coleman Hawkins Blues Festival – We are very excited to announce that Academy Students have been invited to perform a special set for the Coleman Hawkins Blues Festival in St. Joseph, Sept. 9 at 2pm.


6 Tools that Boost your Guitar Playing
1) Time to practice – Want to get better at playing guitar? Practice. But, who has time for that, you might say? Well, we really make time for the things that we want to do. We make it a priority in our daily life so that it becomes part of our routine, a habit and part of who we are.

For example, I consider myself a practicing musician. Why? Because I practice. I like to practice. It’s weird, I know but I do. So I do it a lot. A little everyday usually. The days I sleep and the days I eat. As the Rolling Stones said, “time is on my side”. Yes, it is! Make time to do the thing you love. Use that time effectively and on purpose. To be most effective with your time, you’ll need a…
2) Timer – A little clock. A stop watch. An app on your smart device. The stove or the microwave. I like those cute little egg timers from the kitchen. I used to have one that looked like a tomato. I broke it from practicing so much. That’s a great goal. Wear out your timer. Use it often. The timer helps make the most use of your time. Treat the time the way they do in sports. The clock counts down, the game is played, full tilt competition, everyone trying to do their best and gather the most points for their team (unlike golf which takes a lot of time and the goal is the fewest points) and then the buzzer goes off and the game is over. (also, no buzzer in golf!)

You’ve worked very hard, doing your very best for a certain amount of time. 2 minutes, 5 or 10 or 20 or whatever it is. The timer forces you to hang in there until the time is up and also forces you to move on to the next event. You can’t just sit around playing scales all day and expect to be a musical master. Do a few minutes of scales and move on to reading or chords or that difficult piece or 100 other things. By using the timer you will be making a conscious decision the make the highest and best use of your time.

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How Does The Summer Work?

In February, we our residential studio almost filled to capacity.
If you’ve tried to make a schedule change you’ve seen first hand how full things are at the Academy.
Each Spring I often get asked these questions:
Q. “How do lessons work in the summer?”
A. The Academy is open year round, and we do not close during the summer.
Q. Do a lot of students quit during the summer?
A. For the past 5 years, we have grown in enrollment each June by 10%. Some students withdraw but we get a huge influx of students in June and many continue into the Fall. With the past recession, the number of students traveling in the summer and withdrawing for vacations has hit record lowsQ. If we withdraw for the summer, can we keep our spot for Fall?
A. Lessons are first come first serve, so if you withdraw for the summer, we cannot guarantee that we will have a spot for you in the Fall as we will open the spot to new students .
The big question for all parents and students to consider is:
Do you want to stay with the same teacher in the Fall?
If the answer is YES there are 2 ways to do this:
1. Take advantage of our summer make up lessons
We realize that some of you will go on vacation for a portion of the summer. By signing up for the summer make ups, you can make up 6 of your lessons and keep the same teacher and spot for Fall.
2. Sub lease your spot to a family or friend.
You can send a family member or friend in your place for the dates you will miss. Just let the of studio know who is coming in your place and when. Make sure that they reimburse you directly for the lessons.
If you are taking summer lessons and need a specific time for Fall, please contact me around late July and I will do my best to accommodate you.
Each September, I get calls from students who have been with us for years, but withdrew for the summer. They want to return to the same teacher, day and time, but the spot has been filled by another student.
If you LOVE your teacher, keep your spot by using the summer make ups or sub lease your spot.
If you have any questions, please call the studio (816) 974-7656.

WASHINGTON – Do dogs have a favorite kind of music? A new study suggests they do.
Researchers from the Scottish SPCA and the University of Glasgow played a variety of genres of music — soft rock, Motown, pop, reggae and classical — for dogs at a shelter in Dumbarton, Scotland, and tracked their heart rates and
behavior, the BBC reports.
Overall, the dogs’ two favorite genres were reggae and soft rock
— perhaps good advice for what to leave on when leaving your four-footed friends alone at home.