The Write Notes – October 2020

Dear Students & Families,Fall is certainly in full swing with the autumn leaves in beautiful transition and pumpkins EVERYWHERE.

While learning plans are being continuously adjusted for many students and schools, the SJAA is working hard to maintain our routines for steady progress and rewarding performance opportunites.

Studying music is simply one of the healthiest and most natural ways to be ourselves and feel normal when the world gets turned upside down.

“Pick 3 Referral Contest”

The Academy is in growth mode and we need your help.

Uncertainty and apprehension about starting new activities has certainly slowed our ability to use all of our newly remodeled spaces.  In a normal year, we would have expected to meet our available capacity for students and classes in 2020.

Our beloved instructors work hard and have limited spots for their studios and most are FULL.  We’ve just added 3 more great teachers this month and hope to add more.  We are super selective about our team so it’s a process to bring in only the best applicants.

The Academy is not going to be for everyone.  We are doing something special here.

With that all being said, we do have some very limited spaces available for certain instruments and we want to work with great families JUST LIKE YOURS.

We have a great culture of referrals and recommendations already.  Thank you for that and it means everything to us.

Our fall “Pick 3 Referral Contest” is a way for us to show a little more appreciation and we hope a fun way for your family to recommend the SJAA.

It’s easy to play…
1) Refer friends or family to study with us.
2) If they register for lessons and stay at least a month, your student will win a gift card for each referral.
3) Pick from one of three $25.00 gift card options from Amazon, Target or JoeTown Mini Golf & Raceway

When friends register they fill out your name in the “How did you hear about us?” box and Voila!
You win.  No limit to how many you can win (until we run out of spaces.)

You can also easily “refer a friend more discreetly at this link.

Just fill out the form and we’ll do the follow-up.  If they sign up, you still win!

We’ll play until November 30!
Thanks for sharing the SJAA with your friends and family.

Our protection plans, safety and cleaning protocols are constant, continuous and on-going. It continues to be safety first around here.  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.

Lots more news and important information below.

Always here for our students and families.  Let me know if you need anything at all.

Thank you, Jason!

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

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10/17 – “Bluegrass Battles Hunger” – Is going VIRTUAL OCT. 17 on short notice.  We are accepting video submissions until OCT. 16.  Group Violin/Guitar Video Shoot is Thursday Oct. 15, 730 in the large SJAA classroom.

10/17 – “Mall-o-Ween” – 2-4pm (a set at 2 and a set at 3) at East Hills Mall.  This IN-PERSON recital will require masks for instrumentalists who can wear and play.

11/8 – “Music Moves Us Together” Fall Virtual Recital – Submission deadline.   Make them at home or teachers can help during in-person lessons at the Academy.  Submit as many videos as you would like, we’ll make selections and premier the recital live on Facebook Saturday, Nov. 21st.  Summit videos via this LINK or you can share them here however is easiest.

12/5 – “Mall-a-Thon” – Holiday IN-PERSON recital will require masks for instrumentalists who can wear and play.

SJAA performances are Not Mandatory but we like to play!  Let us know if you need anything additionally or have any questions at all.

Bi-Annual Member Survey

We are trying to do our very best too.  You feedback is extremely valuable to us.  Thanks in advance.

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St. Joseph Arts Academy


Welcoming our new instructors Josh Arens (Guitar), Erin Lippincott (Early childhood music, Art and special events), Eric Stark (trumpet/arranging/songwriting) and Isaiah Sterling (Percussion)!  They each bring a lot to our students and it’s an honor to have these great people joining our team.  Welcome guys!

New Website! – It’s up!  Still doing the refining and is ongoing.  Thanks to many of our families who have recently given 5 Star reviews on Facebook and Google which is super helpful in finding the families who need us.

New Signage – You might have noticed, we got new signs!  More work done on the mural and more to come.  Hopefully, we becoming more visible in the neighborhood and a cool destination in our community.

Welcome to our Newest Students!
Tucker, Karson, Alex, Graham, Evelyn, Bryan, Cailin, Becky, Cynthia, Faith, Cedric, Scarlet, Elenor, Alec & Jake!

Early Childhood Music Registration

Register now for “MUSIC FUN” Toddler Music classes at the SJAA.

6 weekly sessions for just $99.

Monday morning classes at 10am from Oct. 26 – Dec. 7.
Tuesday evening classes at 630pm from Oct. 27 – Dec. 8

Limited space available.  Ages 2-4 years

Register now for “MUSIC PLAY” Toddler Music classes at the SJAA.

Saturday morning classes at 11am from Nov. 7

Limited space available.  Ages 1-3 years or call (816) 974-7656

Early Childhood ART Registration

Register now for “ART FUN” Toddler Art classes at the SJAA.

4 weekly sessions and materials for just $99.

Thursday morning classes at 11am from Oct. 15 – Nov. 5.
Saturday morning classes at 930am from Oct 17 – Nov. 7 or call (816) 974-7656

Limited space available.

FREE “Intro to Guitar” Class

Join Academy Director, Jason Riley in getting started on the right foot (finger) with your guitar playing in this fun and accessible class.
1 hour session and includes materials.  Must have your own guitar (or inquire about a rental).
All ages welcome.  Saturday, October 24 at 10am or call (816) 974-7656

Limited space available.


Double-dog-dare-you classes just for adults coming in Oct., Nov., & Dec.  Fun, seasonal painting and gift ideas workshops.


Student of the Month

Our October “Student of the Month” is…

Ethan M.!!!

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

Ethan studies guitar and ukulele at the Academy and performs with us non-stop including recitals, monster concert, summertime festivals AND the most recent Silver & Gold Banquet.  He also loves to swim and is a big time animal lover.  Here is with one of his best buds, Sadie!  A very caring and sweet dude, all around.

We love that about you, Ethan!

We’ll celebrate Ethan with an Amazon gift card for him!

Thank you, Ethan 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.

Upcoming Events10/17 – “Mall-o-ween” 2pm Halloween-themed SJAMTA student recital
10/17  – “Bluegrass Battles Hunger”, TBA
10/24 – FREE Guitar intro, 10am
11/9  – Fall Virtual Video Recital Submission Deadline

12/5 – “Mall-a-thon” 10am-4pm at East Hills Mall (SJAA time slot MORNING TBA)
12-19 – Beethoven’s 250 Birthday




2/20 TBA SJAMTA Monster Concert
3/7 – 2pm SJAMTA student recital, Violin Masterclass, 3pm TBA
4/10 – SJAMTA Evaluatives
4/11 – 2pm SJAMTA student recital, 3:30 SJAMTA Honors Recital at First Presbyterian
6/11-12 – “Hawkfest” Blues & Jazz Festival, Coleman Hawkins Park, TBA
8/20-21 – MO Bicentennial Civic Center Park, 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.

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 – Mondays 430, Wednesday 630
Brent – Tuesday 5, Thursday 6

Mary Jo – Tuesday 4 & 530
Will – Monday 5 & 630
Jason – Full
– Cello Coming Soon!

 SJAA Classes/Courses – Guitar, Piano, Violin, Cello, Voice, Ukulele, Drums, Mandolin, Banjo, Electric Bass,  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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2509 Ashland Ave

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