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Columbia Arts Academy
Lexington School of Music
Monthly • May 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!

Are You Ready for Awesome Music?

In June, over 900 Columbia Arts Academy and Lexington School of Music students will be performing at our annual recital.

Saturday, June 18th at Lexington Presbyterian Church Friday, June 24th; Saturday, June 25th; & Sunday, June 26th at Columbia College

Admission to our recitals is always free (but we do accept donations to Pets Inc), so stop on by to support your fellow students and hear great music!

Featured On Lexington!

Our Lexington location was featured on!

"A Moms Logistical Dream-An Unconventional Review"

Really cool article!

Important Dates

Summer Recital

Saturday, June 18th
at Lexington Presbyterian Church
Friday, June 24th, Saturday, June 25th, Sunday, June 26th
at Columbia College
*Recital schedules wil be mailed in the spring*

Summer Break

Saturday, July 2nd though Wednesday, July 6th

Picture Days were a great success!

Thank to you Rob & Jon Photography Studio for this season's Picture Day!
CDs and Proofs will be available for pick up in 2-3 weeks at the schools.

Stay tuned for the fall picture day schedule!

*Contact 803-787-0931 or 803-996-0623 for more information*

Pet of the Month ~ Freedom

Freedom is a five year old fun-loving rescued dog who enjoys camping with her best friend, Jacob! Jacob studies drums at the Columbia Arts Academy with Chase Everman.



For being our pet of the month, Freedom received a $25 retail certificate for her family to use at the Academy!

Send in a picture of your pet and we may feature them in the newsletter or on our Facebook page!
Please email us at

Meet our 1200th student, Lacy!

Thank you Columbia and Lexington for making us the largest private music school in South Carolina!

New Referral Contest!!!

Three tickets to the "I love the 90s" Concert
at the Colonial Life Arena May 13th @ 8pm
$150 Dinner gift card!!!
This nostalgic concert reunites these fan favorites for one incredible night of hit after hit after hit
that will have everyone reminiscing!!!

Every time one of your friends mentions your name at registration we will enter you AND your friend into our drawing !                                                         

*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: Congratulations to Drum Lesson Student Chase for earning his Rock Star Wristband!
He studies with instructor Jason Summers.


Pictured Above: Piano Lesson Student Kaitlynn with instructor Becky Morris as she earns her Prodigy Wristband! Congratulations!



Pictured above: Voice Lesson Student Mica earned her Apprentice Wristband! She studies with instructor Megan Miller.

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 the NEW Students Who Enrolled In April!
Danielle A.
Matthew C.
Carter L.
Quintin M.
Mallory G.
Thomas C.
Caroline S.
Laura R.
Anasia B.
Tamlin C.
Mattie C.
Parez H.
Iran C.
Jaiden K.
Andrew S.
Gabby R.
Chris A.
Braxton M.
Roy S.
Melinda G.
McKenna S.
Aryanna H.
Keith W.
Melissa W.
Patrice T.
Kelly N.
Laquaine M.
Joshua V.
Emory M.
Rylen B.
Ava R.
Flore M.
Darrian O.
Stephanie J.
Aryella S.
Jackson C.
Noah J.
Bradley C.
Brian C.
Kannon S.
Keelah J.
Emily J.
Ryan M.
Claudia R.
Sophia K.
Mason G.
Kristy F.
Isaac H.
Lance W.
Kirsten W.
Jon B.
Bryan S.
Renee P.

Is Your Teacher Sold Out?

Pictured above: Piano Lesson Student Trenton with instructor Chase Everman as he earns his Song Bird Wristband.  Congratulations!

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


Brandon Christensen • Sundays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Chase Everman • Saturdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Evan Simmons • Tuesdays 3-8pm: SOLD OUT. Sundays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.
Jason Summers • Wednesdays: SOLD OUT.
Will Ashley • Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT.


Christian Sewesky • Mondays: SOLD OUT.
Garrett Glover • Mondays and Fridays: SOLD OUT. Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Lewis Taylor. • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Wednesdays & Thursdays: SOLD OUT.
Lucas Johnson • Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Max Hardy • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Rich Shirah • Tuesdays: SOLD OUT.
Zach Bingham • Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.



Becky Morris • Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Chelse Lawson • Sundays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Fridays & Saturdays: SOLD OUT.
Jennifer Pollins • Mondays: SOLD OUT. Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Fridays ONE SPOT LEFT.
Neil Ostenfeld• ALL TIMES SOLD OUT.
NIkea Randolph • Mondays & Saturdays: SOLD OUT.
Laura Smith • Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Megan Miller • Tuesdays & Wednesdays: SOLD OUT. Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT.

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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