Columbia Arts Academy
Lexington School of Music
Monthly • May 2017

Thank you, Columbia and Lexington, for voting us Best Place for Music Lessons in the State Newspaper, the Free Times, Lexington Life Magazine
& Lake Murray Life Magazine!


Our students and their parents are what makes us great!

Your Chance to Win $1,000!! (We’re Serious)

Dear students,

I’d like to thank you once again for allowing us to be your music school provider. We really appreciate the opportunity to work with you each week and look forward to helping you accomplish your musical goals!

Since we use the Musical Ladder System® in our school we are participating in an international contest along with all of the other almost 100 schools in the US, Canada and Australia that use the system.

You could win $1,000!! If you win, the Musical Ladder® parent company will also give us $5,000 to improve the school. It’s a win-win and a BIG deal!

HOW TO ENTER - It’s easy!

Anytime (the sooner the better) before November 1st (and the voting starts NOW!) make a video of yourself:
1. Talk about how music is important to you and why.
2. Talk about your experience at our school.
3. Talk about how you’ve been climbing the Musical Ladder® and what you think of the wristbands, trophy, system, etc
4. Sing or play an ‘original’ or ‘public domain’ song (this step is OPTIONAL). *Please do not upload or perform songs that you do not own the copyright too. Any entries with copywritten material will be removed and entry will be disqualified.
5. Upload the song to YouTube and notify the office.6. Encourage your friends to VIEW your video! Spread the word and get as MANY views as you can before 11/1/17!!

We have our first entry! Meet Maggie and her song "Nature"

Southeastern Piano Festival Tickets are on Sale!

This year is the 15th Anniversary Celebration of the Southeastern Piano Festival! Visit the SEPF Web Site for more information about performances and tickets.

Featured On Lexington!

Our Lexington location was featured on!

"A Moms Logistical Dream-An Unconventional Review"

Really cool article!

Important Dates

Memorial Day - CLOSED
Monday, May 29th, 2017 &
Tuesday, May 30th, 2017
Makeup Day for April 5th Storm Closing

Summer Recitals
Columbia College
Friday, June 9th; Saturday, June 10th; Sunday, June 11th
Lexington Presbyterian Church
Friday, June 23rd & Saturday, June 24th

Summer Break - CLOSED
Sunday, July 2nd, 2017 through Thursday, July 6th, 2017

May Student of the Month - Clayton!

Q. How long have you been taking lessons?
A. 4 1/2 years of piano, and 3 months for drums.

Q. What is your favorite song or skill that you have learned in lessons?
A. In piano “Malaguena” and “Take Me to the King” by Tamala Mann

Q. Have you earned any of the Musical Ladder Awards?
A. YES! In piano “Vivace” and on drums “Musician”

Q. What are your hobbies outside of music?
A. Watching t.v., playing video games like Xbox, 3Ds, WII-U, and going to the movies, playing with my dog Apollo, going to the Zoo, and going bowling.

Q. Do you have any pets?
A. An albino ,white, german shepherd dog, Apollo

Q. What was the most difficult challenge you’ve had so far in your lessons?

A. Learning the notes and finger postions on difficult songs, and keeping up with my pratice lessons because of all of my school work.


Stay tuned to meet our next Student of the Month!

We Love Referrals!

We are excited to announce that Wayne Outten has won the Apple Product of Your Dreams Raffle Contest!

For the past several weeks, every time a student referred a new student to the Academy we entered their name and their friend’s name in our raffe. Not only that, but we also gifted Retail Gift Cards to Amazon, Target, and Movie Passes. Last week, we compiled all of the names, and drew one out of a basket! Congratulations, Wayne!

Thank you, EVERYONE, and welcome to our new students!

Stay tuned for the next contest, and keep reading for upcoming school events and performances!

We'd like to take a minute to say THANK YOU to these families for referring new students to the Columbia Arts Academy & Lexington School of Music:

Lambert Family
Jackson Family
Castillo-Blanco Family
Dolder Family
Hogoboom Family
Joyner Family
Cummings Family
Wilson Family
Gruetzmacher Family
Cohen Family
Kirven Family
Cruea Family
Lima Family
Greenwood Family

Every time you refer a new student to the Columbia Arts Academy or Lexington School of Music we will also give you AND the new student your choice of a Target Gift Card, Amazon Gift Card, or Movie Passes.

*Not eligible for immediate family members. Family members can receive up to 40% discount in retail. See office for details.

Celebrating Student Achievement • The Musical Ladder System®

The Columbia Arts Academy and Lexington School of Music are the only music schools in the Midlands that gives their students the opportunity to earn special color wristband bracelets (kids and teens love them!), trophies AND certificates for passing musical tests with the Musical Ladder System®. It was actually created by academy Director Marty Fort, has a patent pending and is being used by schools nationwide. Do other schools offer trophies and certificates? A few. But none of them inspire their students with smiling faces by giving them full color, really cool “Musical Ladder System®” wristbands that they can show off to their friends.

More importantly when our students have a test coming up, they practice more, their parents are proud, their teachers are proud, and everybody wins!

If you are interested in licensing the Musical Ladder System® for your music school, please send an email ATTN Marty Fort.

Pictured Above: Piano Lesson Student Grace earned her Song Bird Wristband! She studies with instructor Becky.


Pictured Above: Drum Lesson Maggie with instructor Jason after she earned her Song Bird AND her Musician Wristband!


Pictured Above: Violin Lesson Student Kaitlyn earned her Musician Wristband! She studies with instructor Jessica.



Pictured Above: Guitar Lesson Student Bailey earned his Allegro Wristband! He studies with instructor Lewis.


Pictured Above: Piano Lesson Students Reily and Sami earned their Song Bird Wristbands! They study with instructors Mike and Stephanie.


Pictured Above: Drum Lesson Student Jasper earned his Musician Wristband! He studies with instructor Will.



Pictured Above: Guitar Lesson Collier with instructor Rich after she earned her Vivace Wristband!

Be on the lookout in next month's news and on our Facebook page for more great pics of our award winning students!

Feature Interview On SCETV Radio

Columbia Arts Academy's Musical Ladder System® has been bringing smiles to music students and their parents this year and the program has gone NATIONWIDE!

Check out more in this interview on SC ETV Radio
ETV Radio Interview

Check out the COVER of Lexington Life Magazine!
Lexington Life September 2016 There's a great feature on the Lexington School of Music and the Musical Ladder System®. The patent pending system is now being used by 77 schools in the US, Canada and Australia, but it was created by school Director Marty Fort.

The State Newspaper also had a wonderful article about the Musical Ladder System®
The State Newspaper

Read more to learn how it's getting children and adults more excited about music lessons around the world.

Watch this video to see the Musical Ladder System® featured on the news!

To learn more about how the system can help your child to get better grades, improved confidence, and self esteem and more, please email us at or

Please Welcome the NEW Students Who Enrolled in April:

Jada B.
Madison G.
Skyler L.
Marshall C.
Kane V.
Veer A. S.
Annabelle L.
Mandy M.
Tarrah W.
Chase B.
Luke B.
Trent C.
Miller C.
Maura G.
Nate A.
Emmy R.
Sybil Q.
Sophia H.
Jessie C.
Stephanie C.
Jackson R.
Cecily L.
Jennifer J.
Nicholas D.
Rick H.
Marvin B.
Chapman L.
Julia B.
Thomas P.
Bryce W.
Eduardo O.
Annabelle B.
Elliana B.-M.
Lourdes B.
Oscar B.
Torien B.
Adriana K.
Jenna C.
Poppin H.
Seth A.

Is Your Teacher Sold Out?

Pictured above: Piano lesson student Linda earned her Apprentice Wristband! She studies with instructor Lisa.

Many teachers have sold out. If you need a schedule change or would like to be added to a waiting list for a particular teacher, day or time, please contact any of our office staff team and they can add you to the waiting list. If you are not a student yet there are still limited lessons spots available. To inquire about openings for May or June send an e-mail to or Or you can call the Columbia office 803-787-0931, Lexington office at 803-996-0623.


Austin L • Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Brandon C • Mondays, Tuesdays, & Wednesdays: SOLD OUT.
Evan S • Tuesdays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.
Jason S • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT: Wednesdays: SOLD OUT. Friday afternoons: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Will A • Sundays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Fridays: SOLD OUT.


Adam B • Thursdays: SOLD OUT.
Alec E• Mondays: TWO SPOTS LEFT. Fridays: SOLD OUT.
Garrett G • Tuesday mornings: SOLD OUT.
Jacob L • Thursdays: SOLD OUT.
Max H • Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Mike S • ALL TIMES SOLD OUT.
Lucas J • Tuesday & Wednesday afternoons: SOLD OUT.
Zach B • Mondays: SOLD OUT. Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.



Ara-Viktoria M • Mondays & Fridays: SOLD OUT.
Becky M • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, & Saturdays: SOLD OUT. Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Jennifer P • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Fridays: SOLD OUT.
Lisa C • Mondays afternoons: TWO SPOTS LEFT.
Jolene F • Sundays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Nikea R • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Saturdays: SOLD OUT.
Megan M. • Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.

Please contact the office for details regarding available lesson times:

3630 Rosewood Drive, Columbia, SC 29205

226 Barr Road, Lexington, SC 29072

Now Offering Sunday Lessons

We are now the only music school in the Midlands that is open 7 days a week!

Take voice, guitar, piano, bass or drums on Sundays 1:00-6:00 p.m.

Call us or email for a list of available times.

Did You See Us In The Free Times?


Visit our friends at the Little Gym

Season classes at The Little Gym are filling quickly, and we would love for you to join us! Give us a call today to reserve your child’s space to have some “Serious Fun!” The Little Gym of Columbia is always enrolling for children ages 4 months to 12 years. Mention Columbia Arts Academy or Lexington School of Music to receive your first annual family membership for free ($35 value)! Call today at 803-738-1115 to find the perfect program for your child!

Be sure to check out the debut issue of the
Free Times Parent magazine.


There’s a great feature on the Academy, that includes interviews with our teachers and students.

You can check it out online at:

CAA Director Marty Fort was selected by the State Newspaper
for the 20 under 40 award!
(See page 9 of the PDF below)

20 Under 40 for 2011


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