The Write Notes – November 2019

Dear Students and families,We are heading for the holidays!

As we are looking back on 2019, we have had so much to be thankful for.

There has been quite a lot of action around the academy this year just in trying to get our spaces in top form.  We’ve added great new instructors to our team, lots or memorable performances and special events.

Very grateful for the support of our family, my fellow teachers, our community at large and for each of our dedicated, hard-working and loyal advancing musicians at the SJAA.

Thank you for growing and working with us in making the St. Joseph Arts Academy the best we can be.  We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of your musical family.

Wishing each of yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Let me know if you need anything at all, anytime.

Thank you, << Test First Name >>!

jason and SJAA
816 294 4856 (personal cell for call or text)

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Thanksgiving Day – Wishing your family a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Years Day are official holidays here (Nov. 28, Dec. 25, Jan. 1, SJAA is closed).  Some teachers may be able to reschedule your lessons for another time if you’d like.  Just talk to your teacher about your holiday schedules.

Price Increase 2020 – Lesson fees for 30 minute, weekly private lessons will bump up a bit in 2020 from $92 to $94 per month.  Adjustment begins in January.  Please contact Jason or Emily if you have any questions.

Mall-a-thon – The annual SJAMTA “Mall-a-thon” is Saturday Dec. 7 at East Hills Mall.  Students will perform seasonal music from about 10am-3pm near the carousel.  Our Academy set is at 1030am-1130am.  This is one of our more popular events for the kids and who doesn’t love going to the mall?  Bring the whole family!

“Shop St. Joe” – As a member of the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce, the SJAA participates in the “Shop St. Joe” holiday giveaway program.  Local retailers giveaway tickets for a drawing in mid-December for a grand prize of $10,000!  1 ticket per every $10 spent.  Please ask your teacher for them if we forget.  Everyone should get a batch for November and some more in December.  We hope one of ours can claim that prize.

Christmas Packages/Gift Ideas – Looking for some gift ideas for the musicians in your life (or maybe some suggestions for extended family or friends)?  Look for the next email with some ideas based on your instrument’s needs, drop us a note or talk (maybe privately) with your teacher.  We’ll be offering some nice stocking stuffers and larger packages at a discount to our members.

Group Classes – With our expansion in our building we are going to get some great classroom spaces.  We are excited to be able to offer group classes in the new year.  We’ll be starting with some beginner’s guitar class and early childhood offerings.  If you have friends or family that might be looking for musical experiences like this, we greatly appreciate you sharing us with them.  Many more fun classes in the works!  Let us know if there is a class you’d liketo see offered here.

Chapeau Shop – We got our first shipment of “Music Accomplished” baseball caps!  They sure say something positive about the head that wears them.

Just $12.

Instagram – By request, you can now find the SJAA on Instagram!  Follow us @StJosephArtsAcademy.  If you are Facebook user it’s

Thanks for joining us and for sharing the SJAA with your friends too.

Magazine Giveaway – The SJAA held a drawing for 2 lucky guitar students to receive popular magazine subscriptions for a year.  Congratulations to Colin R. (Guitar World) and Reaganne K. (Guitar Player).  Hope you’ll enjoy some extra guitar fun in your mailbox each month.

Monster Concert – SJAMTA is looking for volunteers who can help with box office, ushers and reception table.  Drop us a note if you or your family would like to help.  The Concert, held at the Potter Theater, MWSU is a BIG event, tons of fun for our students and raises money for student scholarships. Saturday, February, 8, 2020 at 3pm.  (Volunteers maybe 2-530ish)


The SJAA is closing in on convenient auto-drafting from credit cards or your bank account.  All Students will be asked to set-up for Auto-Pay by DECEMBER 1.  Ask your teacher for a form or feel free to follow the link to fill out the authorization, bring it to your lesson and we’ll get you set up.

This should be a convenience win/win for all concerned.  Let us know if you have any questions.

Lesson Policy
– Is here and copies are at the studio…


Noticing any changes in your studio spaces and lobby recently?

We moved every piano, painted every wall, got new carpeting and added some furniture.  Whew.

We will be working hard on the construction on the other side during these last weeks of the year in an effort to have our new spaces open in 2020!

Thanks for all of your patience with our improvements.

Photo Day at the SJAA!
We are about to get some amazing photos of our students.
Info should go out to families very soon.
We can’t wait to the photos of our SJAA stars.
“Music Accomplished” T-Shirts

Our special orders should arrive this week and we’ll get them in your hands soon.

We’d love for everyone to have one (or more) too.  If you’d like a special size, it’s easy to get them (just takes a little time).

($20 for adult and $15 for kids sizes).

It’s a Boy! – Welcome the newest member of our SJAA family, Mr. Andrew’s adorable little boy, Ezekiel Wayne Holmes. Born on Nov. 8th, 2019… 8lbs 4oz. Congratulations Holmes family!
Welcome to our NEW Students and families!!

Braeden, Allison, Alex, Whitney, Sydney, Taylor & Ellie


Student of the Month

Our November “Student of the Month” is…

Jack W!!!

We are so lucky to have Jack and his family with us at the SJAA.

Jack received a 1 rating in Violin this month at the MMTA all-state auditions in Springfield on November 9.  Way to go, Jack!

We’ll celebrate Jack with an iTunes gift card for him!

Thank you, Jack 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.

Books!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.
Who are these masked demolition artists?  Few things make us happier that to see a kid working hard (except maybe 2 kids working hard).  Big thanks to Ben and Coop for stepping up to tear stuff down.
SJAA’s Upcoming Recitals2019

11/17 –  2pm SJAMTA student recital (patriotic/Thanksgiving themed)
11/28 – Happy Thanksgiving (SJAA closed)
12/7 – Mall-a-thon, East Hills Mall – Time 1030am
12/25 – Merry Christas! (SJAA closed)
1/1 – Happy New Year!  (SJAA closed)
2/8 –  SJAMTA Monster Concert, 3pm
3/8 – 2pm SJAMTA student recital followed by vocal masterclass/piano clinic and a short meeting
4/18 – “Academy @ the Mansion” II.  Times TBA.
4/25 – SJAMTA Evaluatives
4/26 –  2pm SJAMTA student recital/3:30 SJAMTA Honors Recital at First Presbyterian
6/13 – 230pm HawkFest

Thanks for adding these things to your calendars.

SJAA Specific Recitals in BOLD

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?

Jason – Full
Jolie – Full
Terry – Full
Frank – Full
JC – Mondays, 4pm
Andrew – Tuesdays, 4, 530
Emily – Tuesday, 730, Friday 530, Saturday morning.
Monica – Wednesday, 530
Brent – Tuesday 7, Thursday 3

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

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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.


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