Columbia Arts Academy
Lexington School of Music
Monthly • August 2016

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



Our students and their parents are what makes us great!

Musical Ladder System® now being used by 73 schools in the US, Canada & Australia! by Marty Fort - Director Columbia Arts Academy / Lexington School of Music Part 1

I hope everyone had a GREAT summer and is now ready to have an even GREATER year of making music in Columbia and Lexington. It’s been exciting to see the Musical Ladder System® that I created and started just for our students take o and be used by students and parents in 73 music schools around the world.

This month I wanted to update you on the back story of the student award system.
I’m constantly striving to implement things that will enhance the music lesson experience for our students (children and adults). What I learned after teching for 25 years at the college and community music school level is that parents want accountability. They want to know HOW their children are progressing. And they really want to know WHERE is this headed! So I came up with the Musical Ladder® so that our students could earn really cool colored wristbands, certi cates and trophies. It was an instant hit with lots of positive parent feedback, smiling student faces and happier teachers as their students were more excited about their lessons. But I only created it with our two schools in mind.

For those of you who watch ABCs Shark Tank, you’ll be familiar with celebrity judge Mark Cuban. The owner of the Dallas Mavericks is often curt and very to the point in guiding entrepreneurs on the show in regards to whether they have a winner or loser in terms of their business invention.

I sought him out after his speech at the Inc. Magazine, GrowCo conference in Nashville in 2014. “I’ve always been a huge Shark Tank and Mark Cuban fan. He’s very direct and to the point and has his hands in numerous businesses including music and cable TV. I watch his cable channel AXS TV often and love to watch ‘The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands.’ I was nervous to approach Cuban (tune in next month for part 2!)



Featured On Lexington!

Our Lexington location was featured on!

"A Moms Logistical Dream-An Unconventional Review"

Really cool article!

Important Dates

Labor Day - CLOSED

Monday, September 6th

Thanksgiving Break - CLOSED
Tuesday, November 22nd through Sunday, November 27th

Winter Recitals
Lexington Presbyterian Church
Friday, December 9th & Saturday, December 10th

Columbia College
Friday December 16th, Saturday December 17th, & December 18th

Picture Days were a great success!

Fall Picture Days are schedule for Saturday, October 8th; Sunday, October 9th; Saturday, October 15th; and Sunday, October 16th.

Call Columbia Arts Academy (803-787-0931) or Lexington School of Music (803-996-0623) to schedule your appointment!

Pet of the Month ~ Baxter




Baxter is a Newfoundland who loves warm hugs and chasing a ball outside!

His friend, Jordison, studies drums with Brandon at the Lexington School of Music.

For being our pet of the month, Baxter's family received a $25 retail certificate to use at the Academy!

Stay tuned to meet our next Pet of the Month!
Please email us at

Referral Contest Winner!!

Congratulations to Columbia Arts Academy student Jhurni and her mother Deedra for winning three tickets to the "I love the 90s" Concert at the Colonial Life Arena
$150 Dinner gift card!!!

Remember, Every time one of your friends mentions your name at registration we will enter you AND your friend into our drawing! Stay tuned for our next referral contest!                                                         

*Not eligible for immediate family members. Family members can receive up to 40% discount in retail. See office for details.

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!

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 Leeyana with instructor Mike after she earned her Apprentice Wristband.


Pictured Above: Guitar Lesson Student Garrett with instructor Garrett after he earned his Prodigy Trophy and Wristband.



Pictured Above: Drum Lesson Student Jayden with instructor Jason after he earned his Prodigy Wristband.

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

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 July!

Pamela M.
Daun S.
Molly H.
Kyle M.
Carter S.
Faith K.
Durham M.
Milana B.
Chrissy W.
Ethan A.
Madalynn T.
Gary B.
Breah Grace C.
Jay S.
Anna L.
Hailey L.
Reagan L.
Robyn L.
Max W.
Patrick N.
Amanda N.
Luis B.
Sydney D.
Philip G.
Sarah G.
Jack L.
Landon K.
Ashtyn I.
Lauryn C.
Mary B.
Ford D.
Smythe D.
Collins D.
Avantika M.
Charlie M.
Taylor W.
Christine N.
Alexis W.
Olivia R.
Grace C.
Divine A.
Carolina A.
Noah C.
Jacob W.
Tessa D.
Irma S.
Trinity P.
Cooper S.
Caroline D.
Makayla N.
William B.
Benjamin B.
Maisie F.
Leila S.
Naveen C.
Mark E.
Taylor K.
Josiah T.
Holden M.
Noah M.
Jaiden S.
Lydia H.
John H.
Samantha W.
Diana B.
Ava S.
Sydnee T.
Hayle T.
Matthew B.
Aubri C.
Cindy H.
Cathy H.
Emily M.
Becca S.
Alex M.
McKayla M.
James S.
Joshua H.

Is Your Teacher Sold Out?

Pictured above: Piano lesson student Karmen earned her Rock Star Trophy! She studies with instructor Chelse.

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


Brandon • Sundays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Sundays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.
Jason • Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Will • Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.


Christian • Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Garrett • Mondays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.
Lewis • Tuesdays & Wednesdays: SOLD OUT. Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Lucas • Wednesdays & Thursdays: SOLD OUT.Tuesdays 3-8pm: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Max • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Mike Reid • Mondays: SOLD OUT. Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Shelby • Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Zach • Wednesdays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.



Becky • Tuesdays & Saturdays: SOLD OUT.
Chelse • Fridays: SOLD OUT.
Jennifer • Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Wednesdays: SOLD OUT.
Jolene • Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Neil • Sundays & Tuesdays: SOLD OUT.
Jessica • Sundays: SOLD OUT.
Nikea Randolph • Mondays & Saturdays: SOLD OUT.
Megan • Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays: SOLD OUT. Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.

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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