Columbia Arts Academy
Lexington School of Music
Monthly • September 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!

THANK YOU, Columbia and Lexington, for voting us BEST place for Music Lessons in the Free Times 2017 Contest!

We want to thank everyone who came out to our Student Appreciation Weekend at the Columbia Arts Academy! We had a fun-filled weekend with Marco’s Pizza, Sarah Dippity Face Painting, and Pelican’s SnoBalls! The Student Appreciation Party continued at Lexington with more funfilled days with Marco's Pizza, Pelican's SnoBalls, and Face Painting with Sarah Dippity!

Stay tuned for our October newsletter for pictures from our Lexington Student Appreciation Party!

Raffle Prize Winners will be announced soon!

Referral Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the Gross Familiy for winning four tickets to see the Gamecocks Game in Charlotte!

Every time you refer a new student to CAA or LSM, we will gift you AND your friend with your choice of a Target Gift Card, Amazon Gift Card, or Movie Passes. PLUS! You will both be entered into a raffle for more great prizes! More referrals mean more chances to win!

Do You Want to Earn $1000? 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"

Featured On Lexington!

Our Lexington location was featured on!

"A Moms Logistical Dream-An Unconventional Review"

Really cool article!

Important Dates

Thanksgiving Break - CLOSED
Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 through Saturday, November 25th, 2017

Winter Recitals
Friday, December 8th & Saturday, December 9th at Lexington Presbyterian Church & Friday, December 15th, Saturday, December 16th, & Sunday, December 17th

Winter Break - CLOSED
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 through Monday, January 1st, 2018

Hurricane Irma Makeup Day for Monday, 9/11/17 will be held on Wednesday, 12/27/17.


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 Doriell earned her Prodigy Wristband! She studies with instructor Becky.

Pictured Above: Drum Lesson Student Avery earned his Vivace AND his Prodigy Wristbands! He studies with instructor Jason.

Pictured Above: Violin Lesson Student Isaac earned his Rock Star Trophy! He studies with instructor Jessica.

Pictured Above: Piano Lesson Student Parker earned his Master Trophy! He studies with instructor Lisa.

Pictured Above: Guitar Lesson Student Ethan earned his Rock Star Wristband! He studies with instructor Lucas.


Pictured Above: Voice Lesson Student Ava earned her Vivace Wristband! She studies with instructor Megan.

Pictured Above: Drum Lesson Student Kai'Mariya earned her Apprentice Wristband! She studies with instructor Will.

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 100 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 August :

Daniel G.
Abby B.
Annabelle B.
Jeremiah W.
Lucas W.
John R.
Kate R.
DeAndre F.
Taylor S.
Sebastian P.
Dylan M.
Peggy M.
Tracy S.
Graham H.
Penelope W.
Marcia G.
Leon W.
Salley H.
Norah K.
Kylar M.
C-Rob T.
William G.
Neve T.
Lyla O.
Bryce O.
ALex L.
Noah B.
Emma B.
Caroline S.
Jeff P.
Anna C.
Shawn I.
Spencer W.
Sandy W.
Veda S.
Emmett S.
Adam M.
Matthew J.
Jackson W.
Caroline W.
Aloyna Z.
Hannah C.
Olivia C.
Brandon L.
Ed S.
Denise H.
Hadley M.
Addison H.
Alex L.
Christen J.
Brayden T.
Felicia T.
Richard T.
Christi S.
Tavaras H.
Tyrell H.
Jordan E.
Jivana K.
Rylee C.
Cole W.
Amiyah W.
Joshua W.
Max W.
Xavier S.
Mackenzie S.
Kyva M.
Edie G.
Braylon M.
Bryce A.
Ian C.
Lindley C.
Anya K.
Alex M.
Hunter M.
Sophie Kate M.
Samuel H.
Ava G.
Haley F.
Joshua F.
Ashton F.
Michael F.
Faye G.
Hutch R.
Lawson A.
Jason P.
Jonah G.
Blaney B.
Ellington R.

Is Your Teacher Sold Out?

Pictured Above: Piano Lesson Student Isabel earned her Prodigy Trophy! She studies with instructor Jessica.

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


Austin L • Saturdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Brandon C • Sundays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Tuesdays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.
Jason S • Mondays: SOLD OUT.
Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Will A • Fridays: ONE SPOT LEFT.


Alec E • Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Saturdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Christian S. • Fridays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Garrett G • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Lucas J• Wednesday afternoons: SOLD OUT.
Thursday afternoons: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Max H • Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Fridays: SOLD OUT.
Zach B • Mondays & Wednesdays: SOLD OUT.



Ara-Viktoria M • Mondays & Fridays: SOLD OUT.
Becky M • Tuesdays & Wednesdays: SOLD OUT.
Chelse L • Sundays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Cory B • Sundays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Fridays: SOLD OUT.
Jennifer P • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Tuesdays: SOLD OUT. Thursday afternoons: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Jessica W• Sundays: SOLD OUT.
Jolene F• Sundays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays: SOLD OUT.
Lisa C • Fridays: SOLD OUT.
Megan M. • Tuesdays: SOLD OUT.
Mike R • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Thursday afternoons: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Nikea R • Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Zach P • Wednesdays: SOLD OUT.

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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