The Write Notes – October/November (Double Issue)

Dear Students & SJAA Families,Did you have a good Turkey Day?!

Thanksgiving is just the best and we definitely have a lot to be thankful for here.

Grateful to make and share music with our friends.  Thankful for our amazing SJAA team, coaches, mentors, teachers, staff, families and OUR STUDENTS!

It’s been an amazing fall with lots of positive activity here.  Always lots of opportunities and fun things going at the Academy.

Thanks for a few minutes to catch up on what we’ve been up to, some important info and some cool things ahead.

Wishing you and your family the very best in a safe and warm holiday season.

We are here if you need anything at all!

Thank you for the music,
jason and SJAA
Jason Riley – Director
(816) 294-4856 cell
St. Joseph Arts Academy
(816) 974-SOLO (7656)


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Welcoming Alicia! – Please welcome our new administrator, front-of-house and all-around-taking-care-of-us-er, Mrs. Alicia Reyes!!  She’s just started with the Academyin late October and we are very happy to have Alicia on our team.  She’s here to help students, families, teachers and our entire membership with almost anything they need for a great experience at the SJAA.  Welcome, Alicia!!

Photo Day @ the SJAA – We had a great “student appreciation day” in October including a free photo sitting with Tyler Osborn Studios.  The results were simply stunning.  Photo packages are on their way and will be ready for pick up THIS WEEK!  It’s still not too late to order (we were late to this first order ourselves but looking forward to a new batch of amazing photography for our walls).

Fall Referral Contest – We are tallying the results from the November referral contest.  Referring and referred families have a chance to win $100 amazon gift card!  WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT COMING SOON!  The Academy is growing and we want great students JUST LIKE YOU.  Thank you for referring your friends and family to the SJAA.

Need a Stocking Stuffer? – BIG DISCOUNTS on in-stock books and musical accessories through the holidays.  (Some items up to 50% off!)  Or need something specific?  Not too late to order some items in time for Christmas AND we’ll discount them for the holidays for SJAA members too!

Upcoming Classes – New classes will be coming in the new year.  Stay tuned for the upcoming schedule for early childhood music, art classes, guitar and uke intros and more.

“Stuff the Stocking”  – (New Student/Instrument Promotion) Stuff the stocking with music lessons or art classes this year!  Get your loved one a special gift by registering them for lessons.  Save $85.00 with this one time a year special and we’ll prepare a special gift stocking to include: One month of lessons, $25 music retail gift certificates, holiday candy, custom practice notebook, instrument specific goodies (drumsticks for drummers, snark tuners for guitar players, pencil/pastel set for art, etc) and a $35 registration voucher.  And, we can ship or deliver to you for FREE!

Value: $184.  Your Cost:  ONLY $99!  It’s easy to get yours.  Call or text the academyat (816) 974-7656 or email  Or fill out this quick form and mention the stocking promotion:  We’ll take care of the rest.  Merry Christmas!

Limited availability.

Bi-Annual Survey – If you missed our Bi-Annual Membership Survey, it’s not too late to take it here.
Your feedback is extremely important too us.  We want to be the very best we can be so we can serve our students at the highest level.

Songwriting Festival – Our second annual Songwriting Festival included a day-long clinic with award-winning, professional songwriting, Lori Browne.  We had 16 new writers from ages 8-19 who participated fully, working alone and in concert to create their very own music.  AND lunch was provided by Gina’s Cafe and Catering!  This immersive songwriting experience was free to our students ($97 Value).

“Mall-a-Thon” – Join the music students and teachers of the St. Joseph Area Music Teachers Association for their annual holiday concerts at East Hills Mall.  Free and open to the public.
Saturday December 11.  SJAA musicians perform at 11am!

Shop St. Joe – SJAA is participating in the Chamber of Commerce “Shop St. Joe” promotion again this year!  Make sure you pick up your tickets from your teacher or Alicia at the front desk.  We’d love it if one of our academy families won the $10,000 prize!


News Flash! – Jack Wing and Hadley Miller made the All-District Orchestra in Kansas City.
Jack has made All-District for 4 consecutive years. This is Hadley’s second consecutive year. Great students from great families. Congrats to the Studio of Mr. Brock!

“Mall-o-Ween” – SJAA students joined students of the St Joseph Area Music Teachers Association for their 2nd annual “Mall-o-Ween” in Oct. at East Hills.  It was “Boo Blast” filled with great music from our advancing musicians.

“School of Rock” – Congratulations to all of our members who were selected for the October RRT production of “School of Rock!” Awesome watching you rock out in this great production at the Missouri Theater.
Lilly C., Ashlyn F., Lincoln D., Alayna P., Mista V., Alevia B., Aliana R. and Jude M. Super proud of you all!

“Mamma Mia” – Congratulations to our SJAA students and Faculty and to our friends in the amazing cast and crew in Central’s production of “Mamma Mia” in November! Brent I., Alex R. (guitars), Brett C. (percussion), Ashlyn F (Tanya), Payton C., Anna C., & Nehir B. (ensemble) So much fun and everyone looked and sounded so great!

Our protection plans, safety and cleaning protocols are constant, continuous and on-going.

It continues to be safety first around here.  Unvaccinated SJAA members are encouraged to remain in masks.  Our waiting areas are technically still “closed” for the time being and we remain diligent in our cleaning schedules and protocols.  The SJAA is dedicated to making any needed changes and in tune with local and state guidelines.  Stay home and request a virtual lesson if you are sick or quarantined.

Welcome to our Newest Students!

William, Robert, Whitney, Grace, Daisy, Quincy, Brooklyn, Cris, Kason, Anna, Whitney, Silas, Ever, Sarah, Ira, Elaina, Finley, Roman, Ellie, John, Summer, Kyrie, Jeromey, Natalee & Tara!

Student of the Month

Our October/November “Student(s) of the Month” are

Hudson & Felicity M.!

We are so lucky to have Hudson, Felicity and their family with us at the SJAA.

They enjoy spending time with family and traveling as a family, spending time our doors and activities like biking and swimming.  They attend Oak Grove Elementary where they enjoy music class with Mrs. Riley and their mom, Dr. Moore also teachers.  (Dr. Moore gives us lots of support here as well pitching in as a guest violin coach!)

Hudson is in 5th grade and Felicity is in 2nd.

Hudson studies guitar w/Mr. Riley (and attended our recent “Songwriting Festival”) and Felicity studies violin w/Mr. Brock.  Both Brother and Sister play piano as well.

We could go on and on…

We’ll celebrate them with an Amazon gift card for both!

Thank you, Hudson and Felicity 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.

Early photo of the Beatles.  (Before they were BIG!)
Updated Calendar
10/17 – Student Appreciation!  Photo Day @ SJAA, 1-6pm

10/23 –  “Mall-o-ween” East Hills Mall, Halloween-themed SJAMTA student recital, 2pm

10/23-24 – Robidoux Resident Theater presents “School of Rock”


11/10 – 2021 Shop St. Joseph program kicking off 

11/13 – SJAA 2nd Annual Songwriting Festival, Songwriting Clinic w/Lori Browne, 9am-5pm

11/14 – SJAMTA Patriotic-themed student recital, Potter Hall MWSU, 2pm

11/25 – Happy Thanksgiving – SJAA closed.


12/11 – “Mall-a-thon” 10am-4pm at East Hills Mall

12/25 – Merry Christmas – SJAA closed.



1/1 – Happy New Year – SJAA closed.


2/12 – TBA SJAMTA Monster Concert


3/13 – SJAMTA student recital, Potter Hall MWSU, 2pm – Clinic, 3pm TBA


4/3-5 – Music Academy Conference, Graceland, Memphis TN

4/23 – SJAMTA Evaluative Auditions, Potter Hall MWSU

4/24 – SJAMTA student recital, Potter Hall MWSU, 2pm

– 3:30 SJAMTA Honors Recital at First Presbyterian


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.

Monthly tuition for private lessons (30 minute weekly sessions) is $96

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Thank you for reading -“The Write Notes” –  
Monthly Newsletter from the St. Joseph Arts Academy!
It’s Always a great month and they go by so fast!

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.  Thank you for referring your friends and family to be a part of our SJAA family.

Does Your Teacher Have Openings?

Andrew – Tuesdays ONE SPOT LEFT
Brent – Tuesday TWO SPOTS LEFT
Claire – Tuesday ONE SPOT LEFT Friday ONE SPOT LEFT
Darren – Wednesday TWO SPOTS LEFT, Thursday ONE SPOT LEFT
Emily – Monday TWO SPOTS LEFT, Saturday ONE SPOT LEFT
Frank – Wednesdays ONE SPOT LEFT
Isaiah – Monday TWO SPOTS LEFT
Jason – SOLD OUT
Jolie – SOLD OUT
Marina – Friday ONE SPOT LEFT
Mary Jo – Virtual spots available.
Monica – Monday TWO SPOTS LEFT
Terry – SOLD OUT
Tyler – Tuesday ONE SPOT LEFT, Friday ONE SPOT LEFT

 SJAA Classes/Courses – Private music lessons in Guitar, Piano, Violin, Cello, Voice, Ukulele, Drums, Mandolin, Banjo, Electric Bass, Trumpet, Strings,  Early Childhood Classes, 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.


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