Columbia Arts Academy
Lexington School of Music
Monthly • November 2015


Thank you, Columbia and Lexington, for voting us Best Place for Music Lessons in 2015 in the Free Times, Lexington Life Magazine & Lake Murray Life Magazine!


Our students and their parents are what makes us great!


Announcing the 2015-2016
Christopher Gadsden Wells Memorial Scholarship

The Christopher Gadsden Wells Memorial Scholarship was organized in 2012 to provide funding for interested music students who wish to study at the Columbia Arts Academy. The scholarship is offered to a student annually who exhibits a unique dedication to and love of music. During the selection process, consideration is given to the applicant’s financial need.

The scholarship seeks to honor and memorialize the life of Christopher Wells, who died on September 28, 2012 at the age of 19. Christopher attended the Columbia Arts Academy and studied both the drums and the guitar. While he excelled at the guitar, he had an appreciation for all kinds of music. He loved to sing, was a self-‐taught pianist, and never missed an opportunity to pursue his passion. Beyond his musical interests, to those who knew him, Christopher will be most remembered for his kind spirit. He was a loyal friend with a warm heart.

The Wells’ family asks “God to bless these recipients and that they will glorify Him with their musical abilities.”

To apply, please email for an application.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to the Wells family for providing this wonderful learning opportunity for music students in the Midlands.

Charity drives for Harvest Hope Food Bank & Pets Inc!

Please spread the word that we’re having charity drives at both schools to help with the recovery efforts. At both locations clients can drop off: Canned food and sports drinks for Harvest Hope Food Bank or Trash bags, paper towels & toilet paper for Pets Inc

Cash and checks can also be left for these organizations and we will deliver to them. We are also organizing a benefit concert with local promoters at the Art Bar, Saturday, November 28th to benefit both organizations, details TBA. So please consider bringing some items by the school and let's help out our local friends, families and pets!

Marty Fort

Featured On Lexington!

Our Lexington location was featured on!

"A Moms Logistical Dream-An Unconventional Review"

Really cool article!

Important Dates

Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday November 25th - Sunday November 29th

Winter Recitals 

Friday, December 4th ; Saturday, December 5th ; Sunday, December 6th
at Columbia College

**Be sure to talk to your teacher about signing up for the recital. **

Saturday, December 12th, Lexington School of Music piano and acoustic guitar students
Lexington Presbyterian Church

Student of the Month


Nidia studies guitar with instructor Max Hardy.

Q: What is the coolest thing Max has taught you so far?
A: Learning about more genres, plus the Harry Potter theme!

Q: What are you looking forward to learning in the upcoming year?
A: Learning a bit of reggae and Metallica

Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Olive Garden’s Breadsticks [Excellent choice]

Q: What is your favorite ice cream?
A: Strawberry!

Q: Do you have any pets?
A: I have a dog named Brianna.

Q: What is your favorite animal?
A: Pigs! If I had a pet pig, he’d be Mr. Porkingham.

For being our student of the month, Nidia received a $25 retail certificate to use at the Academy!


Great music for a Great Cause!

Featuring Academy Director Marty Fort and Jam Room Studio owner Jay Matheson
with Kevin Brewer in the Capital City Playboys!

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 Gyms of Columbia and Lexington are 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!


Refer Your Friends & Win Great Prizes!

If you refer a friend or nonfamily member to the Columbia Arts Academy / Lexington School of Music, and if they sign up, we'll enter you AND your friend into our next raffle. We'll also give you a $25 retail certificate to say thanks, AND we'll give your friend one as well!

Thanks to everyone who referred their friends to the Academy this Season

Congratulations to Arden Riley for referring her friends to the Lexington School of Music!
She won a brand new Apple Watch!

This quarter, we will be rewarding EVERY student who refers a new student to the Academy!
If your friend registers, both you and your friend will each get your choice of:

Target Gift Card
Amazon Gift Card
Movie Theater Passes

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.


Congratulations to Piano Student Sophia for earning her Apprentice Award!
She studies with instructor Stephanie Bova.

Pictured Above: Drum Lesson Student Amber with instructor Brandon Christensen as she earns her Apprentice Wristband.



Pictured above: Guitar Lesson Student Rob earns his Musician Wristband. He studies with instructor Lucas Johnson.

Be on the lookout in next’s month 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

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 Our New Students Who Enrolled In October
Deirdre M.
William B.
John B.
Nora C.
Makayla F.
Marilyn F.
Brooke H.
Kailey H.
Emma M.
Ben L.
Ashley O.
Caroline H.
Kennedy C.
Valentino V.
Doga O.
Jala G.
Graeme T.
Cooper F.
Alejandra W.
Pat W.
Sophia R.
Margaret M.
Robert T
Mia K.
Trenton S.
Bonnie S-K.
Chris M.
Duy N.
Molly M.
Jodecie R.
Loretta M.
Michael A.
Valentino M.
Laura Y.
Dorian S.
Deborah S.
Barbara O.
Christa H.
Jerry B.
Cole W.
Logan S.
Katherine B.
Veer V.
Ciara A.
Zoe T.
Kent M.
Evelyn S.
Michael M.
Luis R.
Don R.
Hayleigh J.

Is Your Teacher Sold Out?


Pictured above: Piano Lesson Student Grace with instructor Becky Morris

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.

DRUMS: Brandon Christensen • Sundays: TWO SPOTS LEFT. Jason Summers • Mondays: TWO SPOTS LEFT. Wednesdays: SOLD OUT : Will Ashley • Mondays: Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT Fridays: SOLD OUT Sundays: ONE SPOT LEFT.

GUITAR: Christian Sewesky • Mondays: SOLD OUT. Wednesdays: SOLD OUT. Garrett Glover • Mondays : SOLD OUT. Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Lewis Taylor. • Mondays & Wednesday: SOLD OUT. Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. . Lucas Johnson • Wednesdays: SOLD OUT. Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Max Hardy • Wednesdays: SOLD OUT. Fridays: SOLD OUT. Mike Schaming • Mondays: SOLD OUT.

VOICE / PIANO: Becky Morris • Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Chelse Lawson • Sundays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Fridays: SOLD OUT. Jennifer Pollins • Mondays: SOLD OUT. Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Laura Smith • Tuesdays: SOLD OUT. Megan Miller • Tuesdays & Wednesdays: SOLD OUT. Neil Ostenfeld • Sundays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays; SOLD OUT. Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Nikea Randolph • Mondays: SOLD OUT.
Contact the office for details.

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?


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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