South Carolina's largest music school
Are we the right music school for you?
The Columbia Arts Academy is the largest music school in the state of South Carolina with an active enrollment of over 900 students in two locations. Students drive from as far away as Charleston and the Upstate of South Carolina to take lessons here. We offer lessons for ages 2 to adult.
While you are here researching the best school for you, please consider the benefits of becoming an Academy student and find out why we are South Carolina’s number one choice for music lessons.
12 benefits of becoming an Academy student:
1. Guitar, Voice, Singing, Piano, Drums, Bass, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Rock Band Classes and LED Monitors for your favorite mobile device in each room in ONE location!
We are the only school in Columbia, South Carolina that offers all of these popular instruments: Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Voice, Singing, Piano, Bass, Drum set, Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele and year round rock band classes in one location. We are also the only school in the Midlands that has installed $10,000 worth of LED monitors in each teaching room so that you can bring your iPhone, iPad, or any mobile device to give you the BEST music lesson experience in Columbia that no one else can offer.
2. The largest and most qualified teaching faculty in Columbia.
We have 35 music teachers, all with either college training or professional performance experience. Our music teachers are dedicated to learning about your personal musical goals and helping you to achieve them. With at least three music teachers for every instrument, we are confident that we have the right teacher to meet your music lesson needs. In addition to their teaching credentials, our teachers have warm personalities, are extremely friendly and dedicated to teaching you the style of music that you want to learn in your music lesson.
3. The widest range of music lesson times available seven days a week!
We are the only music school in Columbia that offers music lessons seven days a week from early in the morning to late at night to accommodate your busy schedule.
9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays.
1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. on Sundays.
4. A proven track record of excellence since 2003.
Visit our testimonial page to see what our students are saying. Every year, aspiring music teachers start their own studio, and a year or two later it’s closed. The Academy has a proven track record of offering quality music, guitar, voice, singing, piano and drum lessons in Columbia, South Carolina year round. Our full time mission is teaching music lessons trusted by over 1,500 families for almost a decade.
5. A comfortable parent's lounge for our clients.
With over 3,000 square feet we have the most spacious and parent friendly waiting area in Columbia.
Instead of waiting in a music retail store showroom, our clients enjoy a spacious, professional parent's lounge with comfortable chairs, kids toys, Wi-Fi, magazines and bottled water service. We also provide large observation windows on every door so that you can watch your child's lesson while you wait. Or if you prefer you can sit in on their lesson anytime you like.
6. The most technologically advanced and fully stocked music lesson rooms in Columbia!
Our rooms are stocked with everything you need for music lessons, including amps, stereos, full drum kits with pads, keyboards, pianos and more. All you need to bring is your instrument. We have spent thousands of dollars on our studio to offer soundproofing and large observation windows.
One of the things that has really set up apart is our focus on providing lessons that are fresh, new, and engaging. There are so many great teaching apps out there now that we felt we had to update our teaching rooms with LED monitors. By doing so, our students have never run the risk of being bored by their lessons. It's a challenge to engage children or adults, but by integrating technology such as teaching apps from the iTunes store, GarageBand, ProTools, you name it, we're providing a cutting edge lesson experience in the Columbia area.
Technology is also a big part of lessons at the Columbia Arts Academy and we have installed $10,000 worth of LED monitors in every classroom at both schools. The monitors have cables that can attach to iPods, iPads, or laptops. This allows students to have a modern and engaging lesson using music teaching apps, music software, Skype, and more. Feel free to "Bring Your Own Device" to your lesson in addition to your instrument! No other school in Columbia offers this technology.
7. Free music recitals at the USC School of Music and annual rock band showcase!
We are the only music school in Columbia that offers free recitals with a grand Steinway piano in a first class professional recital hall and modern rock recitals.
Every parent just wants to know how their child is doing and if they are really progressing. The best way for a parent to understand if their investment in lessons is really worth it, is to have their child participate in a recital.
In May and December many of our students choose to perform in our biannual recitals. We hold these at the USC School of Music Recital Hall next to the Koger Center or Columbia College as they both have grand Steinway pianos and world class acoustics.
For our students these recitals are free and unlike many schools in Columbia we do not charge recital participation or admission fees.
This can only be found at the Columbia Arts Academy.
We also host a rock band showcase once a year, which gives your child the opportunity to play with a live rock band!
We have Columbia's most established and recognized rock band program for kids and teens. Since 2005, this high profile program has been featured in the Free Times, WIS TV, WLTX TV, WOLO TV and in a documentary for SC Educational Television.
Your child will love the opportunity to rock out on the big stage with a real rock band. You are encouraged to bring your family and friends to the show for free to share in the fun!
8. Professional office staff seven days a week to serve you.
We are the only music school in Columbia that offers full time professional customer service for their students seven days a week.
Many music studio desks are staffed by the teacher/owner or more commonly an answering machine. We have three office team members who are available at the front desk to assist our clients quickly and professionally.
9. Located on Rosewood in the heart of Shandon.
Due to its central location, our school is convenient to all areas of Columbia. Close to our school, you will find great shopping, dining and the quaint neighborhood village of Shandon. Our location is convenient to and we have many students from Northeast Columbia, Irmo, Lexington and Chapin.
10. Student Discount Cards.
We are the only music school in Columbia that offers student discount cards for their students which saves them money all throughout the year.
The Academy also sells music books, instruments and accessories. All of our current students receive a student discount card that saves them money on all of their music supply needs. The student discount card can also be used at other local business including the Jam Room recording studio. At the Jam Room our music students can save money but still make a professional quality demo or recording project.
11. Picture Day
We are the only music school in Columbia that offers a picture day for their students.
Every May and December we host a free picture day with professional photographer Elaine Floyd. This is a service that our student's parents love as they all want quality photos of their children (example pictured right). Adults are welcome too! Students can bring their instruments to the photo shoot and wear whatever they like.
12. Month to Month lessons.
The Academy does not require semester minimums for lessons. Every student here is on a month-to-month basis.
If you are ready to start, you have nothing to lose as we only want students who truly want to be here and we will not commit you to a long term contract.
It's easy to take the next step:
Lessons are first come, first serve
so contact us today to arrange your first lesson!
3630 Rosewood Dr, Columbia, SC 29205
(Between Midlands Tech Beltline & Rosewood Elementary)
Offering quality guitar, voice, singing, bass, drum and piano lessons in Columbia,
Northeast Columbia, Lexington and Irmo