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Welcome, Kathryn McCartney Fort!

Director Marty Fort and his wife Valerie
were blessed with the arrival of their beautiful
daughter Katy!

Mark Your Calendars For Our May Recitals!

Join us at Columbia College, Friday, May 1st, Saturday, May 2nd, and Sunday, May 3rd for THREE STRAIGHT DAYS of live music!

Free admission, and donations will be collected for local animal shelter Pets, Inc! See YOU there!

Pet of the Month - Pepper

This month we feature another well-loved dog from Pets, Inc!

Pepper was brought home by Office Staff member Sara Roberts in June 2011.

Columbia Arts Academy Field Reporters sat down with our latest Pet of the Month for an interview.

Pepper is classified as a Cocker Spaniel Mix, and turned six years old in March. He loves pop music,
specifically Katy Perry (especially when mom sings in the car!)
Pepper enjoys playing Fetch, and his favorite toy is the lion that Grandma gave him for Christmas.

Hopefully we’ll see him visiting at the school soon!

Send us pictures of you and your pets, and we’ll feature them on Facebook or our newsletter!

Refer Your Friends and Win Great Prizes!

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

Congratulations to Chase W. for winning two free tickets to see the Steve Miller Band at the Colonial LIfe Arena!

You can view the video of the drawing here:

Raffle Drawing

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 including tickets to local events or even a free iPad. We'll also give you a $25.00 retail certificate to say thanks AND we'll give your friend one as well!

Thank you so much for your referrals.

Visit Our Friends at The Little Gym!

The Little Gym

Summer is on its way and so are Summer Classes
and Camp Programs at The Little Gym! The Little
Gym of Columbia and The Little Gym of Lexington
are now enrolling for Summer Session for children
ages 4 months to 12 years!

Call today at 803-738-1115 to find the
perfect Summer Program for your child!

The Little Gym is a proven blend of music, movement and motivation. Our unique, noncompetitive, exclusive curriculum and proprietary music combine to provide students from four months to twelve years of age a chance to develop physically, intellectually and socially. All while building the confidence and self-esteem necessary for healthy, happy lives. Visit us online at or for more information, and to schedule your free introductory class!

Important Dates:

May Recital Dates (Both CAA & LSM)
Friday May 1st, Saturday May 2nd, Sunday May 3rd
at Columbia College

Memorial Day Holiday (Both CAA & LSM CLOSED)
Sunday, May 24th and Monday, May 25th

Summer Break (Both CAA & LSM CLOSED)
Friday, July 3rd through Tuesday, July 7th


Please welcome the NEW students
who enrolled at our schools in March!

Alejandro O.
David B.
Thomas M.
Andrew B.
Lena M.
Tracy P.
Katherine S.
Robert R.
Hillary H.
Jaylem P.
Justin P.
Beverly S.
Benjamin D
Ruth M.
Ny’Asia W.
Aiden J.
Brandon D.
Jaylen P.
Francine G.
Lexi T.
Abigail M.
Hanna M.
John D.
Brandon L.
Dylan P.
Shelby S.
Sophie S.
Campbell M.
Brock T.
Aisha A.
Alyssa H.
Jacob B.
Melissa P.
Briana S.
Zeb S.
Vanita P.
Jack Y.
Carter E.
Andrew H.
Hung T.
Justin T.
Kayra M.
Isaiah W.
Jaden K.
Adam P.
Walker D.
Scott C.
Dev R.
Stacy L.
Daley A.
John M.
Taterrian T.
Ryan A.
Delaney B.
Sheryl S.
Jimmy R.
Felicia B. F.
Mary H.
Joe M.
Emily C.
Garrett V.
Eddie S.
Finn P.

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


Jason Summers • Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: SOLD OUT.

Will Ashley • Mondays & Fridays: SOLD OUT. Thursdays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.


Lewis Taylor. • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Wednesdays: SOLD OUT.

Brett Floyd •Wednesdays: SOLD OUT. Johannes Linnan • Fridays: SOLD OUT.

Max Hardy • Mondays & Tuesdays: SOLD OUT.

Fridays: TWO SPOTS LEFT. Mike Schaming • Mondays: SOLD OUT.

Wes Pellerin • Mondays & Saturdays: SOLD OUT.

Zach Bingham • Mondays: SOLD OUT. Tuesdays: One Spot Left.


Emilie Hsu• Wednesdays : ONE SPOT LEFT. Fridays: SOLD OUT.

Lisa Churchya• Tuesdays: SOLD OUT.

Neil Ostenfeld • Sundays & Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Mondays & Tuesdays: SOLD OUT.

Nikea Randolph • Mondays: SOLD OUT.

Peter Rich • Mondays & Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.

Jennifer Pollins • Thursdays: SOLD OUT.


Michael Thomas • Mondays, Wednesdays: SOLD OUT. Sundays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.

Megan Miller • Tuesdays: SOLD OUT. Mondays & Wednesdays ONE SPOT LEFT.



Drum Student Morgan as he earns his Song Bird Wrist Band! He studies with instructor Will Ashley.

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


Piano Student Daniela with instructor Lisa Churchya as she earns her Apprentice Award.

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 & May, 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:

May Recitals
May 1st, 2nd and 3rd
Columbia College

Memorial Day
Sunday 5/24/15 - Monday 5/25/15

Friday 7/3/15 - Tuesday 7/7/15

Labor Day
Monday 9/7/15 - CLOSED

Wednesday 11/25/15 - Sunday 11/29/15

December Recitals
Columbia College

Tuesday 12/22/15 - Friday 1/1/16


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

226 Barr Road, Lexington, SC 29072

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.