The Write Notes – May 2017

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

Welcome to the “Write Notes”, the monthly newsletter from the St. Joseph Arts Academy! Our students a finishing semester end recitals, exams and projects. As everyone gets a little break from school this summer, it’s a great time to rededicate, set new goals and buckle over the next few months. No school work to tie you down! Just more time to play and share your instrument. Let’s make it a great summer together.

Happy Mother’s Day – Where would we be with out our Mom’s? Mom’s do the “lioness” share of the heavy lifting around the SJAA. They transport students, pay, encourage and cajole our advancing musicians to be the best they can be. Thank you to our Moms. Hope it’s a great Mother’s Day for you and your family.


Evaluative Auditions – Academy students took part in the Evaluative Auditions sponsored by the St. Joseph Area Music Teacher Association last month. Guitar students performed two pieces in different styles, played scales and took sight-reading and music theory exams.

These auditions are great way for students to test their skills and get valuable feedback from an impartial clinician on their hard work. The SJAA had for guitar students participating in our very first year of evaluative.

Francesca L.
Nathan R.
Ashlyn F.
Alex P.

We are so proud of their work and their playing. It takes more than a little musical courage to put yourself through the paces like these. They all did great earning “1” ratings, a special certificate along with their jury feedback and test results. The students all played on recitals the next day too.

Nathan and Ashlyn were both invited to perform on the SJAMTA Honor recital with their renditions of “Wipeout” and “Amazing Grace” and won a special honors ribbon.

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 coming soon!

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.

College guitarists finish strong. College guitarists just completed finals (juries) and year end recitals. Jury finals are graded by a panel of music faculty and include performing 2 or more pieces in different styles, scale, chord and sight-reading exams. Students also write a one page research paper on a guitar related subject.

All students performed pieces in recital for their peers based on the hard work they have done all semester. These adjudications and performances are mandatory at the college level and bring out the very best work in each individual musician. They set the bar high which keeps their achievements very high as well.

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!

Life Again! – The CD’s are back and Shawn Minter’s Debut Solo Album “Life Again” will be available on iTunes beginning May 21. SJAA Director helped produce the record, made the musical arrangements and played all the guitars on the album. For more info on Shawn and his music visit

Upcoming dates
5/2 – “Rock the Docs”, Private
5/5 – Apple Blossom BBQ w/Soca Jukebox, 8pm
5/11 – Party on the Parkway w/Soca Jukebox (Rain Date May 11), 5pm
5/20 – Voices of Freedom w/Maria the Mexican, Topeka KS, 330pm
5/21 – “Life Again” Release Party w/ Shawn Minter, Rock Port MO 6pm
6/1 – Lathrop Friends Festival w/Soca Jukebox, Lathrop MO, 8pm
6/17 – “Home Runs for Rose” w/ Soca Jukebox, Cameron MO, 6pm
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
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 – Coleman Hawkins Blues Fest w/St. Joseph Arts Academy, Coleman Hawkins Park, 2pm
9/16 – State Theater w/Soca Jukebox, Mound City MO, 7pm
9/30 – Street Dance w/Under The Influence, Savannah MO, 8pm

Welcome Our New students

Susan B.
Matthew K.
Skylar H.

Is your Teacher Sold Out?

Guitar Openings – Jason R.

Monday – 4pm and 530
Tuesday – Lunch Hour Lessons available
Wednesday SOLD OUT
Thursday – Lunch Hour Lessons available
Friday – SOLD OUT

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Student of the Month

Ashlyn F. – Ashlyn earned a spot on the SJAMTA’s Honor Recital last month receiving “1s” all around for her evaluative adjudication. Besides being a fine young guitarist, Ashlyn plays piano, she sings and has been in many stage musicals as an actress!

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

Congratulations on all your hard work, Ashlyn. We are super proud to have you as a guitar student at SJAA.

Big thanks to Ashlyn and her family for recommending their friends to the St. Joseph Arts Academy.

Congratulations to our Graduates! – SJAA students are finishing their school year and for some completing bigger milestones like moving on from elementary or graduating middle school, high school and college. Congratulations to all the students and their families. We are excited about your bright future in music.

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.

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.

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!

Thank you for reading “The Write Notes” and staying up to date on all the adventures at the St. Joseph Arts Academy! Hope it’s a great month for all.