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Six Year Old Drum Star Carson M.!

Lexington School of Music Drum Student Carson M

We’re very proud of Lexington School of Music drum student Carson M. who at the age of just SIX years old played a full Taylor Swift song with the band Chick Flix in front of hundreds of students at New Providence Elementary School. Great job Carson! She studies with Jason Summers.

Columbia Arts Academy Teachers Rock New Providence Elementary

Our teachers had a great time rocking New Providence Elementary School in May!
The students were singing every word to every song. We can’t wait to perform again
next year.

Mark Your Calendars!

USC School of Music Recital Hall

Congratluations to all of our students who performed
in our May recitals!

Pictured above is the USC School of
Music recital hall where the CAA recital was held.

They did a great job and we’re very proud of them.
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.

*Let your teacher know now if you would like to perform in the December recital. If you are not yet
a student, give us a call so we can give you more information on how you or your child can perform in December.

Columbia Arts Academy Student Kai B Wins A Musical Ladder Award

Columbia Arts Academy guitar student Kairon B received his “Musical Ladder Song Bird” Award today. He studies with Lewis Taylor. Great job Kairon!

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

Musical Ladder Poster


Teacher Feedback

Columbia Arts Academy Picture Day Student


We REALLY value your feedback about our teachers and schools. A lot of you sent in some great feedback about why you think your teacher is great. We wanted to share a few in the newsletters.

“My 3 sons began taking music lessons for their 1st time in Aug/Sep. I can’t say enough about how great each teacher is for each of my sons. They are all encouraging and patient.

Our oldest son, Logan, (14 ys) takes guitar from Garrett & their personalities matched wonderfully. They both seem quiet, but love the guitar.

Evan teaches our middle son, Nathan, (12 yrs) drums & to quote Evan himself he is “awesome!”

Zach teaches our youngest, Jackson (7 yrs) & is so nice & energetic with him. Jackson loves going to lessons & probably practices more than the older 2.

Rachel in the office did a wonderful job pairing the guitar teachers with my children. Perfect matches for the ages & personalities-so give Rachel some credit. She’s the best.

I am so grateful to have found the Lexington School of music.”

Kim Corley, Lexington, SC

Please send YOUR teacher feedback to us at or

Did you read your newsletter this month?

Each month we pull the name of one of our students to win a $25 retail gift certificate.

This month’s winner is DINA MILLER!

Congrats Dina & please contact the office to pick up your prize.

Welcome Back Peter Rich!

Welcome Back Columbia Arts Academy Piano Instructor Peter Rich

We’re so happy that piano teacher Peter Rich is back!

Peter has taught lessons with us since 2007 and in May he suffered a stroke. But he’s completely fine and I want to thank his students for their patience during his recovery. I’d also like to thank all of the teachers that assisted his students during the May recital and that subbed for him in his absence.

We’re just very thankful that he is healthy, happy and making
music again. Welcome back Peter!

July 4th Holiday Closing

Please note that both schools are closed Tuesday, July 1st
-Monday July 7th for the July 4th Holiday, We re-open for
lessons on Tuesday, July the 8th. Happy 4th of July!

Recital Time!

Columbia College Recital Hall • Columbia Arts Academy Recital December 7th 2013

Pictured above:
All set up and ready to go!
The Lexington School of Music stage set up at Columbia College for the December 7th 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

Columbia College Recital Hall Columbia Arts Recital Saturday December 7th, 2013

The crowd gets ready for the recital to start and the doors to open.

Great job students!

Pets of the Week!

We had such an awesome response to our “Pet of the Month” feature that we’re going to make it a “Pet of the Week” feature.

Each student receives a $25.00 retail certificate (contact the office to pick up) and we’ll also donate $100 to PETS, Inc - The Carolinas Humane Society in the student’s name.

Our “Pet of the Week” belongs to Lexington School of Music Drum student Brandon L. Here he his with his dog Nova. Keep those pet pics coming! (with you in them also) Email yours to or

Columbia Arts Academy Pet of the Month Annalisse G and Coco

Annalisse G. (Mr. Lewis’ guitar student pictured left) with her little brother, her guitar, and
our hound dog/lab rescue, Coco. Annalisse has won $25.00 in free retail. Please contact the
office to pick up your prize!

Columbia Arts Academy Future Student!

Columbia Arts Academy Future Student Hunter Posey

Future Columbia Arts Academy drum student Hunter P. is practicing her drums today! She’s got 5 more years before she can start, but nothing wrong with advanced preparation.

Not to mention she already has a good fashion sense! (Check out her shirt).

Support EdVenture!

Forts at EdVenture Childrens Museum

Lilly Fort, Valerie Byrd Fort & Jake
Fort had an awesome time at
EdVenture’s Mini Maker Fair!

For over 10 years the Columbia Arts Academy has helped many organizations in our community. Director Marty Fort visited EdVenture Children’s Museum recently and learned that they are always in need of the following supplies for their Maker Works area (an awesome area where kids can go to be creative!)

We will be collecting these items at both locations throughout the

- Egg cartons
- Yarn
- Burlap
- Craft sticks/popsicle sticks
- Coffee Filters
- Straws
- Cups
- Tissue paper
- Wax paper
- Q-tips
- Rubberbands

Donation containers will be located in the lobbies of both schools. Thanks for your support!

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 July or August send an e-mail to or Or you can call the Columbia office 803-787-0931, Lexington office at 803-929-7867.


Jason Summers

Jonathan Palance
• Tuesdays ALL SPOTS SOLD OUT, Fridays 3:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. SOLD OUT.



Lewis Taylor • Tuesdays: ONE spot left, Fridays 2:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. SOLD OUT. Mondays SOLD OUT 3:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Wednesdays 1:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Max Hardy • Tuesdays only one spot left.

Brett Floyd • Tuesdays only two spots left.

Garrett Glover • Thursdays only one spot left.

Thomas Creek • Fridays, only three spots left.

Wes Pellerin • Mondays 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Wednesdays only two spots left.

Zach Bingham

Jeremy Sakovich • SOLD OUT: Mondays 2:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Tuesdays 2:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.,


Jennifer Pollins • Mondays andTuesdays ALL TIMES SOLD OUT. Thursdays 4:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. SOLD OUT.

Neil Ostenfeld
• Wednesdays 3:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. SOLD OUT, Thursdays ALL TIMES SOLD OUT. Sundays & Tuesdays one spot left.

Darlea Carr • Wednesdays 3:30-8:00 p.m., Fridays ALL TIMES SOLD OUT.

Peter Rich • Wednesdays and Thursdays 3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. SOLD OUT. Fridays 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Saturdays only one spot left.

Michael Thomas • Mondays and Thursdays ALL TIMES SOLD OUT. Mondays only one spot left.

Jay Hawes • Tuesdays ALL SPOTS SOLD OUT.


Megan Miller • Mondays only one spot left.

Ashlee Poole only one spot left. Michael Thomas • Mondays ALL SPOTS SOLD OUT. Saturdays only two spots left.

Please welcome the new students
who enrolled at our schools in May!

AaPron H

Adam F

Adrien T

Albert B

Alex A

Alexander M

Allison V

Allyson D

Allyson T

Althea N

Amari S

Amaud O

Ann M.

Anna S

Anna-Claire M

Annie E

Bailey P

Benjamin S

Bianca A

Blythe L

Brennan M

Brittney F

Bryce S

Carson W

Cate W

Chase M

Christian P

Cynthia S

Daisy E

Dior E

Eliza O

Emily Z

Garrett W

Geoff M

Jack W

Jadyn S

Jason M

Jessica T

Joe B

John W

Joshua W

Juliana R

Kate F

Kendall B

Kennedie F

Kennedy S

Khaleb M

Maddie L

Madison A

Maxie B

Morgan L

Naomi B

Olivia H

Reagan H

Richard W

Rolanda O

Sabrina G

Sabrina H

Sarah A

Sofia E

Stephanie B

Taylor J

Terry H

Thomas E

Tiara P

Tim B

Tye M

Whitt S

Wayne O

Willa T

Xavious C

Zachary H

Sign up for Picture Days in December!

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 November and is 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 803-929-7867
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:

Important Dates!

Summer Break
Tuesday, July 1st-Monday, July 7th, 2014

Labor Day
Sunday, August 31st-Monday, September 1st, 2014

Thursday, November 27th- Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Tuesday, December 23rd-Thursday, January 1st 2015


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 803-929-7867
Or e-mail

711 East Main Street, Suite A2, Lexington, SC 29072
In the Lexington Old Mill

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.