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The Journey To 1,000 Students.

Congratulations to our 1,000th student Matt Martin!

Congratulations to our ONE THOUSANDTH Student MATT MARTIN!
Matt has won one year of FREE lessons! Thank you Columbia for making us South Carolina's largest music school.

Give us a call at 803-787-0931 or email us

In 2004 I opened up shop in the the former “Heart of Shandon Dog Grooming Parlor” . I was the only teacher and I had about 25 students. Longtime Academy guitar instructor Brett Floyd was the first teacher that I hired and he’s still with us to this day.

Thanks to YOU, our amazing students, we have grown from that small little guitar studio to become the largest private music school in the state of South Carolina. We now have 1,000 students in our Columbia and Lexington locations.

Gene Simmons from KISS has always said “Without the fans we are nothing.” And I have always said “Without our students, we are nothing”. So this November I am very thankful for three things:

1. YOU: Our talented students. You drive from the low country to the upstate to take lessons here and it’s been great to see your progress year after year. It’s also been great to see many of our students actually become teachers at the Academy as well. Even though we’re a large school, we give very high level, personalized instruction. Many of our students have become music majors, won scholarships and have even become full time music teachers themselves.

2. Our amazing faculty. Many of our teachers have been with us since 2004, 2005, 2006, etc. We have a very loyal team of top notch professional musicians and educators. Most importantly they genuinely care about the Academy students and they want to make it fun!

3. Our exceptional office staff. Many schools don’t have an office staff at all. But Marissa, Karli, Alexis, Emily and our newest addition Heidi, do amazing work. They really give it their all and I’m very thankful to have them as an integral part of our journey from 30 students to 1,000.

As Sinatra sang “The Best Is Yet To Come” and I’m working hard on some big surprises in 2015 to make your lesson experience even better.

Every year as Director I try to “raise the bar” for our clients so be on the lookout for some amazing new additions to our services.

Happy Thanksgiving and thank YOU for making us Columbia’s number one choice for music lessons.

Marty Fort

Did You Know? Musical History For November!

1783: Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 premiered in Austria
1786: The oldest musical organization in the US is founded as the Stoughton Musical Society.
1805: Beethoven’s “Fidelio” premiered in Vienna.
1925: Grand Ole Opry premiered as WSM Barn Dance on WSM radio in Nashville.
1949: “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” appeared on music charts.
1952: First regular UK singles chart published by the New Musical Express.
1962: Fab Four have their 1st recording session under the name “Beatles”
1979: Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice’s musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” premiered.
1979: Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” is released, and sold six million copies in two weeks.

Refer Your Friends and Win Great Prizes!

Thanks to everyone who referred their friends to the Academy this Fall!

Congratulations to Bridget W. for winning two free tickets to see Varekai at the Colonial LIfe Arena!

You can view the video of the drawing here:

Refer your friends to the Academy and if they sign up, we'll enter you AND your friends into our next raffle
so you both can win great prizes. We'll also give you a $25.00 retail certificate to say thanks AND we'll give your
friend one as well! Thanks for much for your referrals.

Mark Your Calendars For Our December Recitals!

Lexington School of Music students
Saturday, December 6 & Sunday, December 7th

Columbia College Spears Music Arts Center
9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Columbia Arts Academy students
Saturday, December 20 & Sunday, December 21st
USC School of Music recital hall
9 a.m.-9 p.m.

USC School of Music Recital Hall

Congratluations to all of our students who performed
in our May recitals!

They did a great job and we’re very proud of them.

Pictured above is the USC School of
Music recital hall where the CAA recital was held.

Columbia College Recital Hall • Columbia Arts Academy Recital December 7th 2013

Pictured above:
All set up and ready to go!
The Lexington School of Music stage set up at Columbia College for the December recital!

Recitals will be here before you know it! Don't miss our December recitals at the USC School of Music & Columbia College. If you're not a student yet, there's still time to participate. Contact the office at 803-787-0931

Columbia College Recital Hall Columbia Arts Recital Saturday December 7th, 2013

The crowd gets ready for the recital to start and the doors to open.
Great job students!

Students of the Month
Justin, Jonathan, & Jada G!

Columbia Arts Academy Students of the Month!

1. What Instruments do you play?

Justin, Jada, Jonathan: Piano

2. How long have you taken lessons?

Justin, Jada, Jonathan: I have been taking piano lessons since I was 4.

3. What is your favorite song? What do you like to listen to at home?

Jonathan: I like any song with a nice beat.
Jada: “I’m So Fancy” by Iggy.

4.What are your other hobbies, besides music?

Justin: Playing with cars.
Jonathan: Playing outside.
Jada: I like playing with my brothers.

5.Favorite Food?

Justin: My favorite food is rice because rice is good with everything.
Jonathan: Pancakes.
Jada: I love chicken nuggets.

6. What is the coolest thing you’ve learned in your lessons in the past three months?

Justin: The coolest thing is playing a fast tempo piece
Jonathan: The coolest thing is holding a tie.
Jada: The coolest thing is playing a piece with both hands/fingers at the same time.

For being our “Students of the Month” Jada, Justin, & Jonathan have each won $25 gift certificates to the Academy!

Be sure to read your newsletter next month to see if YOU have won!

Jada, Jonathan, and Justin have all earned their Rock Star Trophy on the Musical Ladder System!

Great job guys! - Marty

Please welcome the new students
who enrolled at our schools in October!

Nia J.
Shawn T.
David S.
Zoe S.
Valerie L.
Sarah F.
Skye P.
Jack B.
Abby E.
Jonathan B.
Smita S.
George R.
Parker C.
Savannah F.
Presley M.
Chris S.
William G.
Tre S.
Cierra W.
Richard C.
Lily M.
Ashley M.
Memphis H.
Zualet A.
Jason C.
Pranali N.
Dee M.
James N.
Rich E.
Anna W.
James N.
Alexa D.
Adalyn H.
Avery K.
Delana D.
Qiana W.
Jane Z
Kayla H.
Karmen R.
Jaynell H.

Also mark your calendars for these upcoming holidays:

Thanksgiving Break:
Thursday, November 27th- Sunday, November 30th

Tuesday, December 23rd-Thursday, January 1st 2015

Is YOUR Teacher Sold Out?
Teachers With Waiting Lists.

Columbia Arts Academy Guitar Instructor Garrett Glover-Is Your Teacher Sold OUt?

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 November or December send an e-mail to or Or you can call the Columbia office 803-787-0931, Lexington office at 803-996-0623.


Evan Simmons • Tuesdays. SOLD OUT. Saturdays 11am-3:30pm - ONE SPOT LEFT.

Jason Summers • Mondays 2:30-8pm ONE SPOT LEFT. Wednesdays & Fridays. SOLD OUT.

Will Ashley • Mondays 3-8pm. ONE SPOT LEFT. Fridays SOLD OUT.


Alec Edelson • Saturdays SOLD OUT. Brett Floyd • Wednesdays 3:30-8pm ONE SPOT LEFT.

Garrett Glover
• Mondays SOLD OUT. Thursdays 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. TWO SPOTS LEFT.

Lewis Taylor • Mondays 11am-8pm - ONE SPOT LEFT. Wednesdays & Thursdays SOLD OUT.

Lucas Johnson • Wednesdays & Thursdays 3-8:30pm TWO SPOTS LEFT.

Max Hardy • Mondays 3:30-9pm ONE SPOT LEFT. Tuesdays SOLD OUT.

Mike Schaming • Mondays only ONE spot at 8:30 p.m. left.

Wes Pellerin • Mondays and Thursdays SOLD OUT.


Jennifer Pollins • Thursdays & Fridays SOLD OUT.

Neil Ostenfeld
• Sundays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays ALL TIMES SOLD OUT.

Stephanie Bova
• Sundays 1-4:30pm ONE SPOT LEFT. Tuesdays SOLD OUT.

Lisa Churchya
• Tuesdays ONE SPOT LEFT. Fridays SOLD OUT.

Jolene Flory • Wednesdays 3-6pm ONE SPOT LEFT.


Laura Smith • Wednesdays 4-7pm SOLD OUT

Michael Thomas • Sundays & Mondays SOLD OUT.

Megan Miller • Tuesdays & Wednesdays SOLD OUT. Thursdays 3-8pm ONE SPOT LEFT.

Jay Hawes • Wednesdays SOLD OUT


Columbia Arts Academy Guitar Student Jane S Receive Her Apprentice Award for Passing Her Musical Ladder Test!

Columbia Arts Academy guitar student Jane S. received her Musical Ladder Apprentice award
for passing her test!

Lexington School of Music Voice Lesson Student Katie E Receives Her Musical Ladder Award for Passing Her Test

Columbia Arts Academy Voice student
Smith Lea L. received her Musical Ladder “Apprentice” award!
She studies with voice instructor Megan Miller. '

Drum Lesson Instructor Jason Summers with his student who won an award!

Lexington School of Music Drum student
Omarion F. received his Musical Ladder Songbird award
for passing his test! He studies with Jason Summers.

Students at the Columbia Arts Academy & Lexington School of Music who pass their ‘Musical Ladder Tests’ get wristbands, certificates and trophies. Hundreds of students of all ages passed their tests and you can see the well deserved smiles on their faces. We are so proud of them!

Keep tuned to our Facebook page for daily updates on the latest winners. You might see someone YOU know! If you’re not a student yet, and your child is not getting to participate, please reach out to us at or or call our Columbia location
803-787-0931 and or Lexington location 803-996-0623

Marty Fort

Musical Ladder Poster

Sign up for Picture Days in May!

Columbia Arts Academy Piano Student
Columbia Arts Academy Guitar Student
Columbia Arts Academy Piano Student
Columbia Arts Academy Drum Student
Columbia Arts Academy Voice Student Columbia Arts Academy Guitar Student

Visit the Picture Day Gallery for our Columbia or Lexington school to view the latest pics!
Want to get your child’s picture taken for free by a professional photographer?

The next Picture days are in December and are open to all current Columbia Arts Academy/Lexington School of Music students and their parents! *Must be a CURRENT student to participate.

Call the office today to schedule your time! Columbia: 803-787-0931 • Lexington 803-996-0623
Or e-mail


CBS WLTX Channel 19 and WACH Fox 57 came by to film our rock band class students for the local news and you can watch a clip online here or click on the video below if you have Flash installed.


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:

Important Dates!

Thursday, November 27th- Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Tuesday, December 23rd-Thursday, January 1st 2015


The Academy is now open 7 days a week!

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

Call the office today to schedule your time! Columbia: 803-787-0931 • Lexington 803-929-7867
Or e-mail

to ask about available times.

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

It's easy to take the next step:

Lessons are first come, first serve
so contact us today to arrange your first lesson!

Columbia: 803-787-0931 • Lexington 803-996-0623
Or e-mail

711 East Main Street, Suite A2, Lexington, SC 29072
In the Lexington Old Mill

3630 Rosewood Dr, Columbia, SC 29205
(Between Midlands Tech Beltline & Rosewood Elementary)

Offering quality guitar, voice, bass, drum and piano lessons in Columbia,
Northeast Columbia, Lexington and Irmo South Carolina.