Welcome to the St. Joseph Arts Academy!

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Welcome to the St. Joseph Arts Academy!

This is our brand new website and our very first Blog post for the SJAA.

Hi, we’re Jason and Jolie Riley, the Owners of St. Joseph Arts Academy

​Since 1994, we’ve been passionate about providing strong musical education for all students, along every step of their musical journey. Our dedication to excellence has paid off: in 2001, we opened our first private guitar studio. Now, in 2017, we are expanding our teaching to include more instruments, more excellent teachers and an all new commercial location

Jolie is a dedicated elementary music teacher with the SJSD. Jason is an in-demand performing musician and is an adjunct professor of guitar at Missouri Western State University and Benedictine College. Our family belongs to Wyatt Park Christian Church. Our desire is to impact the community in a positive way. As a family of musicians and educators, we are passionate about education and kids. We love giving back to our community by finding the BEST music teachers possible for your family!

The St. Joseph Arts Academy is the fastest growing music school in the Midland Empire. We’re honored that so many students and families love our teachers, our teaching philosophy, and our atmosphere for learning!

When we started the St. Joseph Arts Academy, we set out to multiply our passion of how music should be taught– by teachers who are talented, qualified, and who share our same philosophy of music. Our goal is that every student receives individual music instruction, tailored to their age, personality, and learning style. We carefully select teachers that will emulate this goal.

Now that we’re parents of two musical kids, we really get it. You are looking for quality education that you can trust. Don’t settle for less–give your kids the best you can find, in an atmosphere that you can trust. We’re looking forward to serving your family for years to come!​

For more info or to schedule a lesson…

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We hope to meet you soon.

Here’s to your musical success!


Offering quality acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, voice, bass, drums, violin, cello, banjo, mandolin and ukulele lessons in St. Joseph, MO.

Serving the communities of St. Joseph, Atchison, Smithville, Savannah, Weston, Dearborn, Elwood, Wathena, Maryville, Stewartsville, Maysville, Weston, Platte City and North Kansas City.

Jason Riley is the owner/director of the SJAA. He loves his family, encouraging musicians and shredding the guitar. Hobbies include reading, movies, juggling and the diminished scale.