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Kai B Musical Ladder Award Winner

Guitar student Kai B. received his Musical Ladder "Apprentice" wristband and certificate for passing his Apprentice test. Rock on Kai!

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

CAA Student Lilly C Wins Her Musical Ladder Award

Voice Student Lilly C. completed her Music Ladder "Masters" test. Way to go Lilly! Here she is with her teacher Megan Miller.

CAA Piano Student Janay S Wins Her Musical Ladder Award

Piano student Janay S. received her Music Ladder "Rock Star" Award. Way to go Janay!

CAA Piano Student Ian B Received his Musical Ladder Award

Congrats to piano student Ian B. for completing his Musical Ladder Master's test.
Ian has been with us for a long time and it's been great to see him grow as a musician. Ian you rock!

CAA Guitar Student Mr. Bill Receives His Musical Ladder Award

You are never too young to learn to Rock!!! Columbia ArtsAcademy student Bill M., "Mr. Bill" Earned his "Apprentice" bracelet and a Certificate of Excellence this week, climbing the "Musical Ladder"...Great work Mr. Bill and great job Lewis Taylor!

Musical Ladder Poster


Thank YOU for helping us raise $2,000 for local animal shelter Pets Inc!

Columbia Arts Academy Students Dressed As KISS

Thank YOU for helping us raise $2,000 for local animal shelter Pets Inc!

We had a great turn out and KISS put the event on THEIR website!

We’d like to thank everyone who participated in the Dogs Rock benefit for Pets Inc: Ccycle, Outspokin, Tranquill Moments, USC Football, Buzzbody Fitness, Dorie McGava, Woodcreek & Wildewood, Embassy Suites, Courtyard Marriott, Jillians, Rosso Italian Trattoria, Bonefish Grill, Jam Room Studio, Dr Greg Wyche Art of Dentistry & Vista Smiles, Fox 102.3, John Herrell Photography, KISS all of our talented students, Pets Inc, Chick Flix, the Columbia Star, Lexington County Chronicle, The State, Sarah Dippity, Psycho Circus (KISS Tribute), Allen with KISS Army SC, everyone who helped to promote a great cause, and everyone who attended. Dogs Rock and so do all of you! Learn more about Pets Inc & adopt a dog or cat today at

Columbia Arts Academy Director Marty Fort and Jake F

Rosewood Crawfish Festival

Stop by the Columbia Arts Academy stage at the Rosewood Crawfish Festival on Saturday, May 3rd and enjoy student performances by:

• CAA Rock Band Students

• The Dandridge Sisters

• Alarm Bell

• Richard Strater

• Sarah Bradshaw

More at:

Recital Time!

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 7th recital!

It’s almost recital time! Don’t miss our May recitals at the USC School of Music Recital Hall Saturday May 17, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, May 18, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. for Columbia Arts Academy students. For Lexington School of Music Students, Columbia College Sunday, May 11th, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

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!

Win Bruno Mars Tickets!

If you refer someone to the Academy and they register for lessons: You will receive your choice of either a $25.00 retail certificate or a free lesson on any instrument. Your friend will receive the same. You will both be entered in a drawing for tickets to see BRUNO MARS at the Colonial Center in June! We’ll post the latest results in the newsletters so tune in to see if YOU win!

Referral Drawing Contestants!

These friends of the Academy and Lexington School of Music have been entered in the next drawing to win free tickets to see Bruno Mars live at the Colonial Life Arena!

The drawing will be held June 1st, 2014

Teri M.
Talinnian B.
Evelyne B.
Briana Y.
Natascha Y.
Kevin E.
Roger R.
Carolyn S.
Riley C.
Margourite C.
Laney P.
Mary E.
Guillermo C.
Travis D.
Madison A.
Laura D.
Teresa F.
Avery H.
Caelan W.
Heather O.
Brunson P.
Stephany C.
Dylan H.
Nick L.
Allison B.
Amanda P.
Omarion F.
Camryn J.
Madison N.
Maya L.
Alexandre H.
Madison J.
Ashley S.

There’s STILL time to get YOUR name entered into the Bruno Mars ticket drawing. Just refer your friends and we’ll take care of the rest!

Please spread the word!

Andrew G. won a free iPad for referring his friends to the Columbia Arts Academy & Lexington School of Music. Congrats Andrew!

Andrew G. Won A Free iPad for Referring His Friends to the Columbia Arts Academy!

*Immediate family members and members of the same household are not eligible for the referral program, but are eligible for free registration fees and up to 40% off retail. Please contact the office for details.*

Is YOUR Teacher Sold Out?
Teachers With Waiting Lists.

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 April, May or June, send an e-mail to or Or you can call the Columbia office 803-787-0931, Lexington office at 803-929-7867.


Jason Summer
s • ONE spot left.

Jonathan Palance • One spot left on Mondays, Tuesdays ALL SPOTS SOLD OUT, Fridays 3:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. SOLD OUT.



Lewis Taylor •
Tuesdays: ALL SPOTS SOLD OUT, Fridays 2:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. SOLD OUT. Mondays SOLD OUT 3:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Wednesdays 1:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Max Hardy • Mondays SOLD OUT 3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Tuesdays only one spot left.

Brett Floyd • Tuesdays only two spots left.

Garrett Glover • Thursdays only one spot left.

Thomas Creek • Fridays, only one spot left.

Wes Pellerin • Mondays 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Wednesdays only one spot left.

Zach Bingham • ALL SPOTS SOLD OUT.

Jeremy Sakovich • SOLD OUT: Mondays 2:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Tuesdays 2:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.,


Jennifer Pollins • Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays ALL TIMES SOLD OUT. Thursdays 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. SOLD OUT.

Neil Ostenfeld • Wednesdays 3:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. SOLD OUT, Thursdays ALL TIMES SOLD OUT. Sundays & Tuesdays one spot left.

Darlea Carr • Wednesdays 3:30-8:00 p.m., Fridays ALL TIMES SOLD OUT.

Peter Rich • Mondays ALL TIMES SOLD OUT. Wednesdays and Thursdays 3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. SOLD OUT. Fridays 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Saturdays only one spot left.

Michael Thomas • Thursdays and Sundays ALL TIMES SOLD OUT. Mondays only one spot left.

Jay Hawes •
Tuesdays & Fridays ALL SPOTS SOLD OUT.


Megan Miller • Mondays only one spot left.

Ashlee Poole only one spot left.

Michael Thomas • Wednesdays ALL SPOTS SOLD OUT. Saturdays only two spots left.


Teacher Feedback

CAA Guitar Student

We REALLY value your feedback about our teachers and schools. A lot of you sent in some great feedback about why you think your teacher is great. We wanted to share a few in the newsletters:

I just wanted to write to say how terrific it is to have Wes Pellerin teaching my daughter Naima guitar. She is seven and this is her first experience with music lessons outside of school. Since starting in June, I am impressed week after week with the creative strategies that Wes uses to keep her lessons fun and exciting, while slowly incorporating the fundamentals of music. (I had been prepared for her to learn “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” but not Michael Jackson! You should have seen the smile on her face when she first played “Beat it.”) Naima leaves her lessons feeling very proud of herself and wanting to try new things. Given how nervous she is sometimes about performing or speaking in public, I was really surprised by how comfortable she is playing her practice songs for others now and I truly do feel that Wes’s patience and reassuring kindness has a lot to do with this. I hope you’ll let everyone know how grateful we for his instruction.

Thank you!!!!!



Did you read your newsletter this month?

Each month we pull the name of one of our students to win a $25 retail gift certificate.

This month’s winner is DAVID DELONG!

Congrats David & please contact the office to pick up your prize.

Carolina Panthers 2014 • Where Are They Headed?

Fort Family Carolina Panthers Family Photo, Marty, Valerie, Lucky & Mozzy Fort

The Carolina Panthers had a lot of players go to other teams a few weeks ago. The move that surprised a lot of fans most was the departure of star wide receiver Steve Smith.

There was a lot of ‘the sky is falling’ sentiment from many fans. But I think Panthers’ general manager David Gettleman has done a good job by picking up some replacements from other teams that can help the team get to where it needs to be.

My prediction for the season?

Hard to say, but I know our defense will be very strong again. I also like the pick up of tight end Ed Dickson to complement Greg Olsen. The NFL draft kicks off May 8th and look for the Panthers to pick an offensive lineman. And as always GO PANTHERS!

Please welcome the new students
who enrolled at our schools in March and April!

Ainsley C

Alexandre H

Alexandria B

Amaud O

Angel R

Anna B

Art G

Ashley S

Averie B

Beckett M

Becky H

Caitlin C

Caroline D

Casey E

Cliff S

Elektra B

Eric G

Evan S

Freddy S

Garrett G

Guillermo C

Hannah-Grace C

Heidi T

Idell F

Jackson W

James R

Jeannie C

Jordan B

Karmen R

Kayla M

Kensey L

Kevin W

Kristien A

Lamar W

Laney P

Merritt R

Reid W

Ryan S

Sofi A

Todd J

Tony W

Tyesha D

Tynisha S

Sign up for Picture Days in May!
Saturday and Sunday, May 3rd and 4th, 2014 at our Columbia location.
Saturday, May 10th at our Lexington location.

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 November and is 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 803-929-7867
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!

Sign up for Picture Days in May!
Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4th at our Columbia location.
Contact the office to sign up 803-787-0931
*Must be a current student to participate.

Sign up for Picture Day in May!
Saturday, May 10th at our Lexington location.

Contact the office to sign up 803-996-0623
*Must be a current student to participate.

Columbia Arts Academy
Spring Music Recitals
USC School of Music Recital Hall

Saturday May 17, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday, May 18, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Lexington School of Music
Spring Music Recital

Columbia College
Sunday, May 11th, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.


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 803-929-7867
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.