The Write Notes – October 2019

Hard to believe October is nearly at an end.

Halloween is a big day at our house simply based on our location.  The kids have had some great costumes over the years and really enjoyed being a part of the mob that is Halloween on Ashland avenue.

On a typical year, we see over 500 trick-or-treaters!  All treats.  Never any tricks.

October was a very busy month at the SJAA.   There are a few highlights with some important information below.

Wishing you, your goblins and princesses a very safe and fun Halloween.

Thanks for being a part our “monster” musician family here.

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

Thank you!

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

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We are getting our new carpet installed and will be working throughout the building this week to get ready.  Some lessons may be cancelled or rescheduled for Oct. 30, 31 for construction and carpeting.  Teachers will be able to let their students know if they are affected.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!

All of your studios are going to much sweeter soon.  Thanks for all of your patience with this stuff.


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.  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…

Josephine Expo

The Academy had our very first booth for the 15th annual Josephine Expo for Women at the Civic Arena.  Lots of friendly folks came to say “Hi” and find out what the SJAA is all about.  Jalea, Molly and Ashlyn brought their Moms and did a little jamming in the booth!

Photo Day at the SJAA!
Thank you to everyone who made it out for this.  A really fun and special event for our students.  Jason sat for nearly the entire 3 hours just playing music with the kids, many doing most of their repertoire as solos, duos or jamming as a group.  There was bingo with prizes and fall crafts besides the photo shoot.  Miss Sharon made rice krispie treats (and she puts chocolate on ’em) so if you missed it, you missed a life changing rice krispie treat.Starting to get sneak peeks of some over-the-top, amazing photos.  The editing process is very time consuming but more info as things come together.

Thanks to photographer, Tyler Osborn for treating and capturing our students as the STARS they are.

“Music Accomplished” T-Shirts

We’ve got a few but are a little limited on sizes (medium, large, XL) in Texas orange or black.  Some have put in child size orders already.

We’d love for you to have one (or more) too.  If you’d like a special size, we are ordering more early next week with some orders from students.
($20 for adult and $15 for kids sizes).

Maybe reply with your size, we’ll bring them down or get one ordered for you.  

MORE News…

Broke a leg! – “Sister Act” was last weekend with RRT at the Missouri Theater. Lori and Brent played in the pit with an amazing crew and cast on and off stage.  Really wonderful talent here in St. Joseph!

Break a leg! – Many of our students will be performing on stage and in the pit in the Central HS production of “Bye, Bye Birdie” (Nov. 1,2,8 & 9).  They’ve been working hard and putting in tons or rehearsal hours.  It’s sure to be a great show so thanks for showing your support.

Mall-A-Thon – Plan ahead to join us for our East Hills performance on Sat. Dec. 7, Time TBA.   It’s one of our bigger events each year and the kids really love playing this one.

Congratulations!! – Jack Wing received a 1 rating in Violin last month at the MMTA district auditions.  He will go to state in Springfield on November 9.  Way to go, Jack!

Holiday Gift Ideas – The SJAA will have a few special gift ideas, holiday instrument packages and gift certificates available closer to holiday time.  We know that music is a real gift and that sometimes extended family is looking for great ideas for the musicians, friends or families in your life,

Let’s take a trip! – Welcoming our new neighbor, Wendy Eidman and Round Tuit Travel to the Beck Road Center.

Home Improvement – We recently got a fresh paint job on the building, a concrete improvement and replaced the rusty, wobbly gutter grates.  One steady step at a time on these much needed fix-ups.

Welcome to our NEW Students and families!!

Cash, Allison, Breanna, Aidyn, Maria, Alex, & Mike.


Student of the Month

Our October “Student of the Month” is…

Lily C.!!!

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

She is bright, enjoys art, and works hard to improve her violin skills. She’s now a fearless performer playing for the first time in public at our JoeStock set.

We’ll celebrate Lily with an 5 Below gift card for her!

Thank you, Lily 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.
Early childhood music classes!
(Coming Soon)9 months and up – mommy and me class – infants to 5 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.

The Maestro!  This amazing painting of classical guitar maestro, Andres Segovia (done by our friend, Chris Fleck) was recently on display in the Mosaic Gallery.  Maybe, we could get it for our own “gallery” for a while?
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 TBA
12/25 – Merry Christas! (SJAA closed)
1/1 – Happy New Year!  (SJAA closed)
2/8 –  SJAMTA Monster Concert
3/8 – 2pm SJAMTA student recital followed by vocal masterclass/piano clinic and a short meeting
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?

JC – Mondays, 330 & 630
Andrew – Tuesdays, 4pm
Emily – Friday 530, Saturday morning.
Monica – Monday, 6pm
Brent – Tuesday 3 & 630, Thursday 730
Jason – Full
Jolie – Full
Lori – Full
Terry – Full
Frank – Monday 330 or 4

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

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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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