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.
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: http://youtu.be/Ht3favXNfT0
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The crowd gets ready for the recital to start and the doors to open.
Great job students!