The Write Notes – May 2020

Dear Students and Families,

Another month behind us in these ‘novel’ times.  The school year is all wrapped up.  Folks are starting to cautiously emerge from quarantine and locally businesses are slowly opening back up to customers.

Thankfully to you, our SJAA families and staff, we’ve been able to stay on mission and have weathered this very positively.

It’s had me thinking a little deeper about the word “dedication“.  Of course, as teachers we are supremely dedicated to our students, their musical growth and their development as amazing people.  Our students have remained dedicated to their instrument, their study of music and in participating fully with the opportunities they have here and beyond.  Our SJAA member families have remained dedicated to the purpose of prioritizing music training to their loved ones, to their beloved teachers and to our Academy in a time when it might have been easier to walk away.

That’s a wonderful kind of dedication.

I got to thinking about another kind of dedication.  The type that an author puts in the beginning of their book or the way a musician or composer might dedicate a piece of music to a city, a king or simply “dedicated to the one I love”.

We haven’t really stated it before.  I hope that it goes without saying.

Our academy is a dedication.  Dedicated to the advancing musicians and their families in our community.  But also, dedicated in a tribute to them.

The St. Joseph Arts Academy is dedicated to you.  In every way the word can be used.  It’s strong language that reminds us, pushes and pulls at us to dig a little deeper and to give a little more.

I know I’ll be talking to my own students this week about dedicating their music, their next performance, even their practice time towards something beyond themselves.

There’s important info below about how we are beginning to come back in-person for those who are ready.

And, we’ve had lots to celebrate this month too.

Dedicating the Summer of 2020 to our songwriters, composers and every student committed to growing in their music practice.

Thank you, << Test First Name >>!

jason and SJAA

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to message me directly at…
816 294 4856 (cell)
jason@stjosephartsacademy.com

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Our SJAA Covid-19 Protection Plan

Since mid-March, the SJAA has been open for ONLINE LESSONS only.  Our commercial building has been receiving continued improvements but with little to no public traffic.

Members are invited back for in-person lessons beginning Monday, June 1.  

NOT MANDATORY.  We are expecting a mix of both on-line and in-person lessons for the for-see-able future.  Personal decisions are respected and up to the individual teacher or family. 

We will have both sides of our building open so we have plenty of space now for everyone to spread out.

Our safety plan is based on city and state requirements as well as member feedback from our “Returning from Quarantine” Survey (It’s still available and we want all the feedback we can get.  It only takes a couple of minutes.  https://forms.gle/hWyjwkJRYzGTBo9B7

Safety Plan

a) Families should expect to wait in cars until exact lesson time.  Students ONLY should go directly to their studio.  (ONE) Guardian/parent/chaperone is always welcome to sit in on lessons if requested or required (specifically for our littlest learners).

b) Waiting areas will remain closed until further notice.  We’ll aim to keep our population under 10 at a time.

c) Students and teachers should do their best to stay “socially distant” (6 feet not 100% possible for some instruments 100% of the time).

d) Face masks are optional unless designated by the Teacher or requested from the family.

e) Teachers (and students) use the available hand sanitzer (or bring their own) liberally and between lessons.   We have 3 sinks for hand washing.

f)  Bathrooms, hand washing stations, all entry ways and studio door handles will be disinfected nightly (and periodically throughout the teaching day).

g) Teachers disinfect their own teaching area/surfaces regularly including pencils, music stands, chairs and any touched pianos, etc.

g#) Don’t come to the studio if you are sick.  It’s easy as ever to offer an online lesson or reschedule.

We take your health and safety seriously.

Our policies and processes will evolve with any and all changes in the health and business environments.

Thank you.
St. Joseph Arts Academy

SJAA Updates

Songwriting Festival – June 1 is our “deadline” for songwriting submissions.  There is a little flexibility if composers are having any trouble getting videos made.  Ideally, we’ll get the videos to the judges by June 8 and have feedback to students by June 15.  Besides written comments from our judges about their music, “Grand Prize” writers can win gift certificates and other awards!

Again, they can submit videos themselves or just send them to jason@stjosephartsacademy.com and we’ll happily take care of them.  All the details are here…

https://stjosephartsacademy.com/songwriting-festival/

Thanks in advance to our international panel of songwriting/composition impresarios in Anthony Glise (Sainghin-en-Mélantois, France), Ed Daniels (Las Vegas), Simon Fink (Houston), Lucy Gray Hamilton (Peer Judge, St. Joseph) and our very own Dr. Frank Nawrot (Lansing, KS)!

Summer Practice Challenge! – All of our summer festival/concerts have been rescheduled or cancelled.  This leaves a big hole in our summer activities and performance opportunities.

So… Let’s give some attention to working hard this summer, practicing extra and earning some recognition and prizes.  June/July practice totals can be logged by paper (we have practice logs available or create your own) or in TZ’s practice timer feature.

Students and their teachers will set some goals based on their age/level.  Simply practice TONS,  complete and return logs by Aug 1 to compete (TZ is auto-reporting).  Grand prizes will go to those with best times, improvements over the summer for early and later elementary, middle school, high school and adult.  Considerations by each studio and/or instrument.

Let’s focus on effective PRACTICE routines this summer, set some playing goals and have lots of fun.

SJAA Early Childhood – Our new Early Childhood program went on immediate restriction with the Covid-19 Quarantine but that did not stop our amazing program leaders (Miss Sarah and Mrs. Emily) from providing tons of extra content and love from a distance.

We are meeting soon to discuss options for moving forward.  Early Childhood Music is simply the best possible gift/experience and most important window of opportunity to positively affect the human brain for a lifetime.  The SJAA team remains deeply committed to early childhood music experiences for our whole community.

New classes/clinics – Online and hopefully, on-location courses are coming soon for summer including our annual July “Maestro Series”, TBA.

Previously scheduled Maestro, Anthony Glise is sequestered in France the rest of the year, maybe.

Taking suggestions for the classes you’d like offered by the SJAA.  Registrations and info TBA.

AND… We’ll have (another) annual summer coloring contest in July!

Celebrations!

Spring Music Contests – Our first online evaluative adjudication was May 1st.  We had a full 30 students in guitar, piano and violin who submitted videos of their recital pieces and level-appropriate scales/chords.  They received some extremely positive feedback and constructive critique from an impartial judge on their instrument along with a Certificate of Completion.  Wish we could have sent them on to “State”.  Instead, adjudicator selections were presented at…

“Music Moves Us Together” Online Recital – This was an incredible success.  It took a lot of work on our end and we know how the students (and videographers) worked very hard to participate.  Thanks to all who encouraged their students in it, to our judges for amazing feedback for them and to all who watched the recital to give some shout-outs in real time.
Check it out here if you missed it!
https://www.facebook.com/stjosephartsacademy/videos/580972879209529/
We’ll do something similar in the fall!

Did you see us in the News? – The SJAA was featured in a recent Sunday edition of the St. Joseph News Press for our transition to online music learning.  And Sydney got the photo opp!
https://www.newspressnow.com/life/st_joe_live/st-joseph-musicians-goes-online-to-teach-music/article_3ce303a2-8faa-11ea-b264-e71312c72014.html

We held our first ever SJAA “State of the Academy” & Teacher Continuing Ed.  Zoom meeting edition this month.  We set a record for getting almost everyone together.   Looked like “Hollywood Squares” but with a focus our amazing team.  But mostly, we talked about your amazing students.

Got something to celebrate?  Please keep us up-to-date on the accomplishments, special events and activities in our students lives so we can celebrate them!

#MusicAccomplished

Student of the Month

Our May “Student of the Month” is…

Hadley C.!!!

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

Besides traveling from Maryville for a weekly, 1-hour violin session with Mr. Brock, Hadley is also involved in cheerleading.

She enjoys crocheting, baking, reading, spending time with her siblings, and taking care of her goats and chickens.  Also a young entrepreneur, she sells fresh eggs and participated in a children’s business fair selling bath bombs made with goats milk.

Hadley recently participated in our “Spring Music Contests” and was a selected performer for the “Music Moves Us Together” online recital.

We’ll celebrate Hadley with an Amazon gift card for her!

Thank you, Hadley for referring your friends and family to the Academy.

Congratulations!!!

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.

Repurpose that Piano?

While we insist that you play them, if they can’t be repaired, why not turn it into a cool computer desk.  Check out what Cash and his Dad made!  Turns all the colors and we presume a very fun place to work on your stuff.

Looking for an investment?

The most expensive instrument in the world is the “Lady Blunt” Stradivarius violin, which sold in 2011 for US$15.9 million.

Usual Suspects

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?!

SJAAUpcoming Events

5/16 – SJAA “Music Moves US Together” Online Recital, 7pm

5/21 – Recital at Living Community, 7pm (Rescheduled, TBA)

6/1 – SJAA Songwriting Competition deadline

June/July –  SJAA “Practice Challenge” deadline Aug 1.

7/15 – Silver and Gold Banquet, Word of Life Church, 1245pm (Rescheduled, TBA)

9/19 – Hawkfest, 130pm

10/11 – Photo Day @ SJAA, times/venue TBA

10/23-25 – Robidoux Resident Theater presents “School of Rock”

12-19 – Beethoven’s 250 Birthday

 

Books!FREE shipping on in-stock books to SJAA students who need to “Level Up” in their reading materials during quarantine.

Auto-Payments

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.

https://stjosephartsacademy.com/auto-payment-authorization/

Lesson Policy
– Is here and copies are at the studio…
https://stjosephartsacademy.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/SJAA-Lesson-Policy-19.pdf

Thank you for reading -“The Write Notes” –  
Monthly Newsletter from the St. Joseph Arts Academy!
We made some memories this month, didn’t we?

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
Director
jason@stjosephartsacademy.com
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 630
Andrew – Tuesdays 2:45 & 4
Emily – Mondays 430,  Saturday 1030
Monica – Mondays 430, Wednesday 6
Brent – Tuesday 530, 6, Thursday 3, 5 

Jason – Monday 4pm
Mary Jo – Wednesday 430 & 530
Will –  mondays 4 & 430
Sarah – Saturdays

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

TeacherZone is our on-line platform for our students and our teachers.
https://teacherzone.com

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.

OUR MOTTO…

Music Accomplished!

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You are a preferred member of the SJAA!

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St. Joseph Arts Academy

2509 Ashland Ave

Saint Joseph, MO 64506-1938

SJAA Covid-19 Protection Plan

Our SJAA Covid-19 Protection Plan

 

Since mid-March, the SJAA has been open for ONLINE LESSONS only.  Our commercial building has been receiving continued improvements but with little to no public traffic.

In-Person Lessons resumed slowly and selectively for some students and teachers on June 1.

Lessons – We have begun to slowly re-open for 1-on-1 lessons by appointment only.  We anticipate that we’ll move forward with a mix of online and in-person private lessons per the wishes of the individual instructors and individual families.  We are asking that all limit their attendance to just the student and one parent/guardian if needed.  No large family or friend groups at this time.

Social-Distancing – In most cases, our spacious studios make it possible for students and teachers to easily remain 6 feet apart.  We will have clearly marked Covid-19 Safety Plans in place outlining any restrictions, protocols or best safety/health practices (ex. limited to student and 1 parent).

The SJAA expanded throughout our entire building giving us over 2000 square feet to spread out in, a total of 8 studios, a large classroom, 2 new waiting areas and  2 new sinks for hand washing.

Cleaning Schedule – So proud of the way our staff and members always keep our spaces clean and tidy.  Our families should notice, more than ever, that our academy is always clean.  Our cleaning schedule has been adjusted to each lesson (cleaning teaching surfaces and pianos), hourly activities (inspections, door handle cleaning and bathrooms), daily/nightly cleaning activities with checklists for quality control.

Students and teachers would be expected to wash hands well or use hand-sanitizer before and after lessons.  All are welcome to continue use face-masks for as long as they feel necessary.  And, if you are sick… Stay Home.  We will continue to monitor the health of our faculty and students regularly.

We take your health and safety seriously.

Our policies and processes will evolve with any and all changes in the health and business environments.

Thank you.
St. Joseph Arts Academy

 

 

Sanitation Plan:

Cleaning Schedule – So proud of the way our staff and members always keep our spaces clean and tidy.  Our families should notice, more than ever, that our academy is always clean.  Our cleaning schedule has been adjusted to each lesson (cleaning teaching surfaces and pianos), hourly activities (inspections, door handle cleaning and bathrooms), daily/nightly cleaning activities with checklists for quality control.

Students and teachers would be expected to wash hands well or use hand-sanitizer before and after lessons.  All are welcome to continue use face-masks for as long as they feel necessary.  And, if you are sick… Stay Home.  We will continue to monitor the health of our faculty and students regularly.

Hand sanitizer, Disposable Masks, Door Wraps, Gloves, Wipes, 6 ft., contactless registrations, letters, phone messaging for teachers, checklist in each studio and in front window.

 

Thank you for the opportunity to show you all we are doing for the health and safety of our students, teachers, families and SJAA members.

⋅ Constant contact with City of St. Joseph and State of Missouri about limitations, relief and best practices.
⋅ Quickly moving all classes and lessons to an online format.
⋅ Watch for videos about how we are complying with state and local recommendations.
“Return from Quarantine” Survey
⋅ Resurgence and Contingency plans in place for vigilance in reducing exposure and quick communication.
⋅ Walking the line between clients wanting to get out versus what it takes to be safe when we are out together.

 

 

Great Gift Ideas for Music Students

Holiday Gifts for the Musician in your life.

Thank you for sharing the gift of music and for shopping “LOCAL” this holiday season.  We’ll include some other links at the bottom of this page to our preferred local music retailers if you are looking for something more specifically.

Email jason@stjosephartsacademy.com for more information, orders, purchases and registrations.

SJAA is participating in the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce “Shop St. Joe” program.   Grand prize drawing is for $10,000 in mid-December.  1 ticket for every $10 spent.

 

At the SJAA, our focus is on growing advancing musicians.

We specialize in private music lessons in Guitar, Piano/Keyboarding, Voice & Singing, Violin, Cello, Ukulele and now, Drums and percussion!  (Just $94 per Month for weekly 30 minute sessions with our expert instructors.)

We are also excited to offer Group Guitar and Early Childhood Classes in 2020.  (pricing below)

While we are not a retail music store, we are fortunate to provide the accessories and books our students need at a discount.  Members Only!

 

Holiday Gifts for the Musician in your life.

Gift Certificates
We offer them for private lessons ($94 per month) and for books and accessories ($25)

Diamond Head Concert Ukulele w/carrying bag
Just $69 (You Save 10.95)

Music Method & Repertoire Books
(10% off In-stock or special orders in time for Christmas)

 

Hamilton “Fold-Up” Music Stand
Just $16 (You Save 8.99)
Only 8 left.

 

Guitarist Footstool
Just $10 (You Save 4.99)
Only 4 left.

Snark Clip-On Tuners
Just $10 (29.99 on Amazon!!!)
Only 6 left.

D’Addario 20′ Instrument Cable
Just $16 (You Save 4.68)
Only 2 left

Premium “Guitar”Care System
Just $20 (You Save 9.99)
Only 1 left

Pack of Guitar Picks
Just $3 (You Save 1)
Only 1 left

Mini Hohner Harmonica
Just $3 (You Save 1)
Only 3 left

Alvarez Access Pack (Guitar Tuner, Capo, Cloth)
Just $15 (List Price $40!!)
Only 2 left

Guitar Strings (acoustic or electric)
Just $10 ($20 installed)

Hohner “Chicago Blues”Harmonicas
Just $10 (45.04 at Kohl’s!!!)
Only 2 left

Yamaha Recorders
Just $6 (You Save 3.99)
Only 2 left

One-of-a-Kind Musical Tote Bags
Just $22
Only 6 left

“Music Accomplished” T-shirts
Just $20 adult & $15 children’s
In-stock or special order for size in time for Christmas
Black or Texas Orange

“Music Accomplished” Baseball Cap
Just $15
One size fits all in Black

“pBuzz” Kid’s Musical Instrument
Just $19 (You Save 10.99!)
Only 2 left

 

Group Guitar Class (beginners only, child or adult classes)

6 – 1 hour weekly “Intro to Guitar” group classes.  Includes FREE materials (guitar not included).
Beginning Mid-January, 2020.  Days and Times TBA.
Just $99!
Limited space available.Early Childhood Music Classes
The very best gift we can give our little ones in their most important, formative years!

Sing, Dance, Explore Instruments, Have Fun and Make Friends in these Weekly 50 minute sessions for “mini-mozart’s” and parents, grandparents or caregivers.
Age specific classes for 8 months-5 years.
Beginning Mid-January, 2020.  Days and Times TBA.
Just $195 per Quarter! (Sessions begin every 3 months)
Limited space available.

Group Guitar Class & Guitar Package (beginner’s only, child or adult classes)
6 – 1 hour weekly “Intro to Guitar” group classes.  GUITAR INCLUDED!  (choose acoustic or electric package)  Includes FREE materials.
Limited class spaces available.
Beginning Mid-January, 2020.  Days and Times TBA.
Just $247 (student acoustic guitar package) or $297 (student electric guitar package)!

Acoustic Guitar Package (Concert Acoustic guitar w/carrying bag, picks and tuner)
Just $297!

Electric Guitar Package (Concert Electric guitar w/carrying bag, amplifier, cable, picks and tuner)
Just $397!

30 Day Guitar Challenge
The SJAA “30 Day Guitar Challenge” is a great way to kick of the new year with daily, positive and motivational messaging, instructions and short video lessons delivered to your inbox.
For players of all levels ready to make a commitment to up their guitar game.  This inspirational 30 day “Bootcamp” will cover topics from tricks, tools and techniques for playing and practicing to musical interpretation, history and mindsets for musical success.  A fantastic and fun supplement for any guitarist already taking lessons.  Start off on the right track in 2020.  Join us for the 30 Day Guitar Challenge beginning in January.

Just $30

To Register:
www.StJosephArtsAcademy.Com/30DayGuitarChallenge
Challenge is limited to 40 guitarist.Registration ends December 24, 2020.

Heirloom Photos from Tyler Osborn Studios

Gifts for YOUR Family!

TYLER OSBORN Studios
e: tylerosbornstudios@gmail.com
a: 9700 Walnut St., Kansas City MO 64114
c: (913) 226-6529
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w: tylerosborn.myportfolio.com

CD Packages – Soca Jukebox, Under the Big Oak Tree, Jason Riley & Maria the Mexican
Mix and Match 3 CD’s for just $20!

Check out our past blog post for more info on great gift ideas for your guitarist.

Gifts for your Guitarist

Email jason@stjosephartsacademy.com for more information, orders, purchases and registrations.

We have some great recommendations if you are looking for keyboards, high-end instruments or other instrumental accessories.  Just ask.

 

Happy Shopping and Happy Holidays!
St. Joseph Arts Academy

 

Preferred Local Music Retailers…

St. Joseph, MO
https://www.lanhammusic.com (See our friend, Aaron)

Parkville, MO
https://www.bentleyguitars.com (See our friend, Mark)

Atchison, KS
https://muddyriverguitars.com (See our friend, Scott)

http://www.jasonriley.com
https://stjosephartsacademy.com
http://www.socajukebox.com

 

 

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)

jason@stjosephartsacademy.com

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Construction/Carpet 
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.

Auto-Payments

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.

https://stjosephartsacademy.com/auto-payment-authorization/

Lesson Policy
– Is here and copies are at the studio…
https://stjosephartsacademy.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/SJAA-Lesson-Policy-19.pdf

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.
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#MusicAccomplished

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.

Congratulations!!!

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 jason@stjosephartsacademy.com 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)
2020
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
Director
jason@stjosephartsacademy.com
8162944856 (personal cell)
Here to help! Call or text if you need anything at all.

Facebook
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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?

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

TeacherZone is our on-line platform for our students and our teachers.
https://teacherzone.com

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 entertain others to happily share their skill and talent in love and gratitude to make the world a better place.

OUR MOTTO…

Music Accomplished!

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Instructors at the SJAA work with students to help prepare them for all kinds of performances – open mic nights, formal recitals, summer music festivals & all-state competitions

OUR LESSON PLANS ARE NOT ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL

Beginner to Advanced

Flexible Lesson Times

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Our StudiosIt all begins with a great instructor!

Each instuctor is highly qualified & hand-selected based on reputations in our community. Instructors at the SJAA are all required to have:

A degree in music or significant teaching and/or performance experience.

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LEARN year-round with classes, clinics & performances.

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All lessons in CLEAN studios equipped for effective learning.

Access to MUSIC SUPPLIES.

Have More Questions About the SJAA?

WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT MY FIRST LESSON?

For beginners: Your instructor will begin with the basics

How to hold & play your instrument\nBasic care and maintenance

Establish lesson goals

For Intermediate & Advanced Students:

Your instructor will work with you to determine the curriculum.

Establish lesson goals & preference for genre

Develop technique & expand repertoire

HOW DO I PAY?

All of our accounts are set up on AUTO-PAY

WHAT DO THE LESSONS COST?

Rates vary according to group but most private lessons are $94 per month.

WHAT IS THE SIGN-UP FEE?

Our sign-up fee is a one-time fee that goes towards setting up your account, maintaining our studios & equipment & to help pay for our many performance opportunities.

Music Accomplished!

The Write Notes – May 2019

The Write Notes
The Newsletter from the St. Joseph Arts Academy

Dear Students and Families,

I’m sure the countdown to the end of the school year began a while ago.  We are really getting down to it now.
Wishing everyone the best in the last days of the 2018/2019 school year! 

Hope it has been a really great one.  Who’s ready for summer!?

Summer is a special time at the Academy.
Lots of our students choose to take longer lessons (or try a new instrument), we get our summer vacationers coming in who are staying with family here, summer time festival performances and more.

Quite frankly, we work a little harder in summer (and we play hard too).

We hope it will be a great season for your whole family.

Mother’s Day – To all of our amazing moms, hope it was a great spring day for you and your family.  Thank you for all you do for us and for the musicians you love.

Summer Vacation is fast approaching! –
We know (and expect) that everyone will have a great summer.  We stay on schedule at the SJAA through the summer.  Let us know when you will be out on vacations and we’ll work with you the best we can for reschedules or make-ups.  Talk to your teacher about the possibility of taking a longer lesson during the summer or maybe trying a new instrument.  We have a few fun summer time festivals ahead of us too!  Welcome to our out of town students (back in St. Joe to stay with Grandparents for the summer) who will be joining us for “vacation” music lessons.  The SJAA is a real, summertime destination!  Thanks for referring your friends and family looking for fun and constructive summer time activities.  Spaces are limited.
New Violin Openings –

After some serious begging with our excellent strings team, we are opening a few new violin times starting in June.  The violin is one of our specialties at the SJAA with master coaches trained in Suzuki methods, classical and fiddle repertoire.

Early Childhood –

We’ve recently added some very important early childhood music specialists to our team here.  Private music courses for parents with babies, toddlers and Pre-K are available nearly every morning and on Saturdays.  The benefits of music on the developing child are exponential and early exposure is simply one of the greatest gifts you can give these littlest ones.

Special Events –

Stay tuned for some new, fun, informative and engaging extensions of our programs.  Clinics and Masterclasses on specific topics, interests and instruments are coming soon.

Coloring Contest –
Rain, Rain Go Away!  Looking for a rainy day (or inside) activity in the first days out of school?  Show us your coloring skills!  You don’t have to stay in the lines either.  This coloring page with plenty of details is not for the faint of heart.  For students and their grown-ups too.  Our teaching team will choose one of our favorites and the artist will receive a $25 gift card.  Contest runs from May 22-June 22.  Download the page here…music accomplished SJAA color page or pick up a copy at your lesson.  Sharpen those crayons and colored pencils and show us what you can do!
Welcome to our NEW Students and families!!

Shannon, Owen, Lucy, Jace, Mary, Maddox, Elsa, Phoebe, Anna, Scott, Basil and Matt.

#MusicAccomplished

MO State Music Contests –  
Congratulations to our students receiving “Gold” ratings at the Missouri State Music Contest in Columbia last month.  We are extremely proud of your dedication to your instruments and all the hard work you put into your preparation.

Jack Wing – Violin Solo
Ella DeWeese – Violin Solo
Jackson Meyer -Violin Solo
Georgia, Dani & Hayleigh – Clarinet Trio
Georgia Riley – Clarinet Solo

Thanks and congratulations to their teachers, Mr. Brock, Mr. Holmes and Mr. Maxwell.

Jack Wing – Violin Solo, Ella DeWeese – Violin Solo, Jackson Meyer -Violin Solo (not pictured) and Mr. Brock.
Georgia, Dani & Hayleigh – Clarinet Trio
Georgia Riley – Clarinet Solo

Student of the Month

Our April “Student of the Month” is…

Eh Naw Naw!!!

We are so lucky to have Eh and her family with us at the SJAA.  Besides being an excellent student, she is also a very disciplined young musician with a great attitude who is always prepared for each lesson.

We’ll celebrate Eh with an iTunes gift card for her!

Thank you, Eh for referring your friends and family to the Academy.

Congratulations!!!

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.

Special of the Month! Hamilton Music Stands – We have a limited number (only 10) of these fold-able, adjustable music stands.  Great for any music space and they fold-up and include a carrying bag for the upcoming tour.  A music stand is a professional necessity for every practicing musician or music room.  We offer these at a discount to SJAA members.

Just $15 (you save $10.99).

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.

MORE News…

Welcome to our newest guitar coach, JC Dirks!  JC is an amazing musician, family man and musical director at his home church in Maryville.  He’s been a long time friend who we’ve handpicked as a perfect addition to our teaching team at the SJAA.

New Music – Congratulations to Guitar/Piano/Uke/Vocal Coach, Brent Isom on the debut of his very first solo CD, “Eternity”!  They’ll be celebrating with a CD release concert at the Manic Snail (618 Francis) on June 1, 3-6pm along with Stephanie Gummelt and Tom Keller.  Make sure to ask Brent where you can get his new record!

Pomp and Circumstance – Our own Vocal/Piano Coach, Monica recently completed her 2nd music degree!  Adding to her BA in vocal performance from Truman State, Monica received her BME in Music Education from MWSU.  Congratulations, Monica!


Congratulations to all 2019 graduates!

Jett T. – Savannah
Alexis P. – Savannah
Caleb C. – St. Joseph
Francesca L. – Atchison

Hope it’s the greatest summer ever and can’t wait to see what you will do next.

 

Minnie & Sydney & Mickey!

Ok, Ok… You get the week off of practice if you send us photos of you meeting celebrities!  Looks like a great time at Disney.  Thanks for sharing, Lovejoys!

SJAA’s Summer Festivals
6/15 – “HawkFest” Coleman Hawkins Jazz & Blues Festival, SJAA – 1230pm, Coleman Hawkins Gazebo Downtown (June 1 deadline)
7/17 – Silver and Gold Banquet, Word of Life Church, 1130-1245
8/31 – “JoeStock” – SJAA – time TBA – Coleman Hawkins Gazebo Downtown

Upcoming Recitals

SJAMTA Recital Calendar Coming Soon!

 

“The Summer of 2019”

Summer is the best time for outdoor music and music festivals.

St. Joseph has an amazing culture for live music all summer long with FREE concerts like “Parties on the Parkway”, “Sounds of Summer”, “Hawkfest”, “JoeStock” & “Imagine Eleven”.

I always look forward to this busy season at home and on the road with our steel pan, party band, Soca Jukebox!  The band is celebrating it’s 17th season this summer.  It’s awesome to be able to play fun music with fun friends.

If you haven’t seen this act… COME SEE US!  The music is lively and fun with incendiary guitar playing and all out drum wars.  “Let’s get together and feel alright” in the summer of ’19.

http://www.socajukebox.com

Early childhood music classes!
(Coming Soon)

2 and up – mommy and me class – infant to one 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 jason@stjosephartsacademy.com for more information.

Auto-Payments

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.  Ask you teacher for a form or feel free to follow the link to fill the authorization, bring it to your lesson and we’ll get you set up.

https://stjosephartsacademy.com/auto-payment-authorization/

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
Director
jason@stjosephartsacademy.com
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
Terry – Full
JC – Mondays, 3 & 330
Andrew – Tuesdays, 245 & 715
Emily – Monday 730, Friday 530 & Saturday (newly open)
Monica – Wednesday 430 & 7
Brent – Tuesday 4 & 630, Thursday 330 & 7

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

TeacherZone is our on-line platform for our students and our teachers.
https://teacherzone.com

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 entertain others to happily share their skill and talent in love and gratitude to make the world a better place.

OUR MOTTO…

Music Accomplished!

Copyright © 2019 St. Joseph Arts Academy, All rights reserved.
Thank you for opting in online at our website, youtube or Facebook!

Our mailing address is:

St. Joseph Arts Academy

2027 N. 36th Street

St Joseph, MO 64506

http://www.jasonriley.com
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http://www.socajukebox.com

The Write Notes – April 2019

The Write Notes
The Newsletter from the St. Joseph Arts Academy
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Dear Students and Families,

Hope everyone had a great Easter!
Everything is blooming and our musicians are too!
What a great month this has been at the SJAA.
Lots & Lots & Lots to celebrate and some important info below too…

Academy Goes to the Mansion!

Ukes & Pianos, Guitars, Voices & Violins.
(and a little hometown history)

Big THANK YOU to all our students, families and friends who made our
“Academy @ the Mansion” a success.

We did not anticipate such a big crowd for the 2nd show (we were a bit oversold so apologies to those of you with limited viewing!).

Lots of activities going on at this time of year (track, competitions, community and family events, etc) so it really meant a lot to us that so many would make MUSIC a priority on a beautiful spring day in St. Joseph.

It was a truly special event and the space is near and dear to our hearts here.

For more pictures/videos and info, check out the Blog post here….

Academy at the Mansion 2019

Welcome to our NEW Students and families!!

Xavier, Alyana, Scott, Cramista, Shannon, Indigo, Maliea, Annie, Jude, Finn & Basil.
#MusicAccomplished

District Music Contests

Our high school students participate in All-District Music Contests in late March.
Congratulations to our Academy students receiving “Explemplary” or “1” ratings on their solos and small groups.

Jack Wing – Violin Solo, Ella DeWeese – Violin Solo, Jackson Meyer -Violin Solo (not pictured) and Mr. Brock.
Georgia, Dani & Hayleigh – Clarinet Trio
Georgia Riley – Clarinet Solo

Sending them all positive thoughts as they head to the
State Music Contests in Columbia this week!

Thanks to their teachers, Mr. Brock, Mr. Holmes and Mr. Maxwell
(SJSD large ensembles Symphonic, Wind Ensembles and Orchestra all received high ratings as well)

SJAMTA Evaluative Adjudications

St Joseph Area Music Teacher’s Association (SJAMTA) held their annual Evaluative Adjudications at Missouri Western on April 13.

We had 4 guitar students participate and all received a “1” rating!
Congratulations to Alex P., Ashlyn F., Reaganne K. and Molly R. (not pictured)

Student of the Month

Our April “Student of the Month” is…

Make that… STUDENTS of the Month ARE…

Jack Wing, Ella DeWeese and Jackson Meyer!!!

The violinists at the St. Joseph “Violin” Academy just went over the top this season. We have some very accomplished players and strings coaches here.

Very proud of their hard work and accomplishments at their All-District Contests

We’ll celebrate each of them with an iTunes or Starbucks gift card!

Congratulations!!!

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.

Special of the Month!
Only 2 Yamaha “C” Soprano Recorders in stock. Only $6 (You save 4 bucks as a SJAA family member) Recommended for school use in SJSD music classrooms but easy to play and fun for all ages.

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.

We need a Hero!

Look who stopped by and made our day? It’s Hero!! Thanks to Sydney L. for bringing a friend to share with us. No bad guys to thwart or emergencies to handle so we just hung out and enjoyed the music.

SJAA’s Summer Festivals
6/15 – “HawkFest” Coleman Hawkins Jazz & Blues Festival
SJAA – 1230pm, Coleman Hawkins Gazebo Downtown

8/31 – “JoeStock” – SJAA – time TBA – Coleman Hawkins Gazebo Downtown

Upcoming Recitals

SJAMTA Recital Calendar Coming Soon!

Viva la France!

So everyone is asking about the tour and the trip overseas.

“I missed you guys!” Great to be back on home ground and back to my people.

I was performing in northern France for 12 dates (actually in the plane for 2).

It was a great trip. Top-flight musicians in the Nova Project are also great friends who make me play difficult music (from the heart) while translating, transporting, baby sitting and feeding me (all in French!). So many old friends I haven’t seen in a long time (and made some new ones too). We had great audiences and full houses at every show!

I ate lots of bread, many fine cheeses, wild boar patte, some caviar and some local favorites. I wanted to treat my friends to some proper “American” food so I cooked… Tacos! Kind of hard to find proper salsa there. I had to call home to get the taco seasoning right (and I didn’t. I pretty much burned everyone’s taste buds off. But they were kind anyway).

Apparently, Tacos are a real delicacy in France.

Thanks to my friends and ex-patriots there for making great memories with me.

Anthony Glise, JR and Ken Sugita on the run and on “la rue” in “Vieux L’ille” France

For all the details…
https://jasonriley.com/uncategorized/the-french-connection-the-nova-project-2019/

Early childhood music classes!
(Coming Soon)

2 and up – mommy and me class – infant to one 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 jason@stjosephartsacademy.com for more information.

Auto-Payments

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. Ask you teacher for a form or feel free to follow the link to fill the authorization, bring it to your lesson and we’ll get you set up.

Auto-Payment Authorization

Ribbon Cutting Anniversary – We can’t believe it’s been a whole year since our ribbon cutting. What a great year it has been. Thanks to all of our students and families who are sharing this journey with us and making our hometown a great place for music.

We are growing and some big announcements coming soon.

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 our music success!

Jason Riley
Director

The Write Notes – January 2019

The Write Notes
The Newsletter from the St. Joseph Arts Academy
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Dear Students & Families,

We had a big Milestone this month. The SJAA celebrated our first year in our commercial location!

Happy B-day, SJAA! We’ll be “toddling” soon. Jan. 8 was our anniversary. Also… Elvis’ Birthday. Coincidence? Yes.

Thank you for being along for the ride and for growing with us! We’ve been working hard and did quite a lot of bootstrapping to make sure we could make rents and keep it warm/cool around here. There has been no scrimping however on the really important things… having great teachers, supporting our staff, students and families and having lots of performance opportunities for our students.

More to come!

Thank you for coming to play at the SJAA and for encouraging the advancing musicians in your life.

Jason Riley – Director
jason@jasonriley.com
(816) 294-4856 cell

St. Joseph Arts Academy
www.stjosephartsacademy.com
jason@stjosephartsacademy

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

The SJAA has a diverse student group including many colors, age groups, orientations and abilities. We are not all the same.
Music Unites Us.
THANK YOU for setting the example for what’s possible and creating a real community here. It’s still a “mean ol’ world” out there. You make the SJAA safe and welcoming and I think… the world a better place. It’s important stuff and God bless you for it.
TeacherZone Automated Billing

You can make payments easy, safe and convenient in 2019. If you would like to set up automated payments in TeacherZone, you can input your card number at https://teacherzone.com/Payment and we can get a plan set up for you.

You can also update student and parent profiles keeping your email, phone, address, etc up-to-date beginning at…
https://teacherzone.com/Member/Login

Send me a note if you have any trouble logging in! Username is “yourname” or your students name “firsttlast” one word and Password is “password”.

Welcome to our New Students

Max, Kyra, Elle, Ashley,
Steven & Denice!
Wi-Fi
FREE WiFi!
To Login it’s simply… SJAA and password is “MusicAccomplished”
Monster Concert 2019

We had a great Monster Concert with the SJAMTA at MWSU last weekend. I can’t tell you how proud I am of the guitar ensemble. Besides a great performance, they demonstrated excellent stage presence and handled themselves like true professionals on stage and off.

Way to go, SJAA guitarists!

You can see some pics below!

Monster Concert 2019 St. Joseph Arts Academy Photos


Here we are looking tuff!

Upcoming Recital Dates
(We encourage our students to get on stage at least twice per year and many do more!)
BOLD are SJAA specific

February 10 – 2 pm Recital/ SJAMTA (Potter Hall, MWSU)

March 10 – 2 pm Recital/ SJAMTA (Potter Hall, MWSU)

April 6 – Academy at the Mansion (Wyeth Tootle Mansion) Time:TBA

April 13 – Evaluatives (Potter Hall, MWSU)

April 14 – 2 pm Recital (Potter Hall, MWSU)/ 3:30 Honors Recital (First Presbyterian Church)

September 7 – 3pm Coleman Hawkins Blues Festival (Coleman Hawkins Gazebo)

More to come!
Thank you for referring your friends and family to the St. Joseph Arts Academy!

Join us on Facebook. Check out the SJAA Website. Thumbs up to you for SHARING!

I know that is a lot of info so THANK YOU for the time to read the Newsletter from the St. Joseph Arts Academy!

Don’t hesitate to let us know if we can be more helpful in anyway.

It’s going to be a great 2019.

Stay Tuned!

Jason Riley
Director
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The Write Notes
The Newsletter from the St. Joseph Arts Academy

Dear Students & Families,

Hope everyone is ready for a great holiday season. We’ve already had several family dinners with lots more fun to come before the end of 2018.

This is a preview of “What’s Next” for the Academy and our students.

If you ever have any questions or need anything at all, you can REPLY to this email or contact me directly, anytime!

Jason Riley – Director
jason@jasonriley.com
(816) 294-4856 cell

St. Joseph Arts Academy
www.stjosephartsacademy.com
jason@stjosephartsacademy

Thank you for coming to play at the SJAA and for encouraging the advancing musicians in your life.
TeacherZone!

We are offering all SJAA students and families some great new benefits with TeacherZone, an online, music lesson management platform.

The teachers have already been using it to take attendance and for in-house communication.

Students, guardians and teachers can each have their own personalized account for transparent communication for all concerned. Finally, a system to help you keep track of what students are learning.

It’s going to be a great tool that incorporates the technology everyone is already using online, with their tablets and phones. We can encourage students the other six days a week by creating online review lessons, assign practice, easily share musical content and more!

Parents can log in and see exactly what’s going on in lessons and at practice time. TZ will also help with scheduling automated payments and communication.

Our students matter most. And we want to provide all the best possible tools for them to succeed.

You will still be able to call, text or email with your teacher if that is your preferred method of communication.

We’ll start rolling out the benefits and features slowly in the days after Christmas.

You should be receiving an email from TZ shortly (or maybe some of you already have and weren’t sure what it was, it is NOT SPAM) with your usernames and passwords.

https://teacherzone.com/Member/Login

The software does a ton of stuff and we are still learning it too. If you have any questions or problems, just let us know and we can put you on the right track.

There is also an APP for students.

It’s very cool and exciting stuff!
2019 Lesson Policy

We’ll have updated lesson policies for everyone in the new year. Just a few basic changes and a reminder for the current policies.

We’ll try to get an email out with them too.

It’s been a great year in the new location and truly grateful for everyone that is growing with us.

We want to eliminate any confusion and keep everyone, students and teachers on the same page.

And this is it!

The SJAA got our retail licenses. While we won’t be a full retail store, we will be able to offer some accessories (strings, tuners, etc) at a discount and be able to handle your book orders or keep a few things in stock!
Upcoming Recital Dates
(We encourage our students to get on stage at least twice per year and many do more!)
BOLD are SJAA specific

January 11 – 18 and the 19th AM 2019, (Monster Concert Rehearsals)

January 19 – Monster Concert (Potter Hall, MWSU)

February 10 – 2 pm Recital/ SJAMTA (Potter Hall, MWSU)

March 10 – 2 pm Recital/ SJAMTA (Potter Hall, MWSU)

April 6 – 10am Music at the Mansion (Wyeth Tootle Mansion)

April 13 – Evaluatives (Potter Hall, MWSU)

April 14 – 2 pm Recital (Potter Hall, MWSU)/ 3:30 Honors Recital (First Presbyterian Church)

September 7 – 3pm Coleman Hawkins Blues Festival (Coleman Hawkins Gazebo)

More to come!
Thank you for referring your friends and family to the St. Joseph Arts Academy!

Join us on Facebook. Check out the SJAA Website. Thumbs up to you for SHARING!

I know that is a lot of info so THANK YOU for the time to read the Newsletter from the St. Joseph Arts Academy!

Don’t hesitate to let us know if we can be more helpful in anyway.

It’s going to be a great 2019.

Stay Tuned!

Jason Riley
Director
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