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THANK YOU for voting us "Best Place for Music Lessons" in the
Free Times Best of! Our students and their parents are the Best
and YOU are what makes us a great place to enjoy music education.

Free Times Best Place For Music Lessons Award

Columbia Arts Academy's Musical Ladder System® has been bringing smiles to music students and their parents this year and the program is going 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. You can ONLY get this system in the Midlands at the Columbia Arts Academy and Lexington School of Music.

Request more info at

Congratulations to Drum Lesson Student Ryan for earning his Apprentice Wristband! He studies with instructor Chase Everman.


Important Dates:

Labor Day Break


Monday, September 7th

Winter Recitals (BOTH LSM & CAA)

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

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


Congratulations to Lexington School of
Music Piano Student Jivana for scoring 100% on her Royal Conservatory Theory Exam!

Family of the Month: Otis Family

Q: How long have you been with us?

A: Marty was teaching at Montessori, before it was Columbia Arts Academy. (2003!!)

Q: What instruments has your family taken with us?

A: Jacob - Voice & Piano, Jessica - Drums & Guitar,
Joe: Guitar & Drums

Q: Words of Wisdom for other CAA/LSM families?

A: Learn to sing while playing an instrument. And don’t but the
most expensive instrument just because your kid wants it.

Q: How did you keep your children practicing?

A: They had to do recitals and wanted to do their best.

Q: Anything else you would like to share?

A: My kids LOVE music, this is their thing. And luckily Marty
was there and allowed them to all learn to play different
instruments at the same time.

I just want to thank Marty for all of his hard work and
dedication to the parents and the kids; teaching them the value
of music, all kinds of music. And for hiring the best teachers on
the planet. Also thanks to Marty for hiring the best office staff!

Thank you, Otis family, for all of the amazing years you shared with us!

Refer Your Friends for Lessons and YOU Could Win
a new Apple Watch!

If you refer a friend or nonfamily member to the Columbia Arts Academy / Lexington School of Music, and if they sign up before August 31st, we'll enter yo AND your friend into our next raffle. We'll also give you a $25 retail certificate to say thanks,
AND we'll gie your friend one as well!

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

Congratulations to Beth M. for winning two free tickets to see Sir Paul McCartney
at the Colonial LIfe Arena!

Visit Our Friends at The Little Gym!

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)!

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!



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

Please welcome the NEW students who enrolled at our schools in July:

Adair L.

Neihmah J.

Thomas M.

Brianca B.

Erin D.

Simone M.

Bertha F.

Elliott K.

Frank F.

John H.

Judy R.

Alex P.

Nathaniel W.

Bryan P.

Danny P.

Leah R.

Lester G.

Zelma B.

Caroline D.

Jane S.

Dylan F.

Kelly B.

Kenneth G.

Ashley B.

Oona B.

Jessa G.

Martin L.

Sarah W.

Isabel K.

Zach W.

Brandon Z.

Tanner B.

Lillie G.

Eshan K.

Pari S.

Ni’liyah M.

Justin M.

William M.

Surya S.

Alex G.

Victoria N.

Via J.

Heather B.

Emily B.

Gabby W.

Maggie A.

Aliza Grace A.


Thank you to all of our students, alumni, and visitors who stopped by our Student Appreciation Party at the Columbia Arts Academy!



Is YOUR Teacher Sold Out?
Teachers With Waiting Lists.

Pictured above: Guitar Lesson Student Dylan with instructor Lucas Johnson as he earns his Rock Star Award!

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.

Jason Summers • Mondays SOLD OUT; Tuesdays & Wednesdays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.
Will Ashley • Mondays, Thursdays, & Fridays: SOLD OUT Sundays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Evan Simmons • Tuesdays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.

Lewis Taylor. • Mondays & Tuesdays: TWO SPOTS LEFT. Wednesdays & Thursdays: SOLD OUT.
Garrett Glover • Mondays & Thursdays: SOLD OUT. Wednesdays: SOLD OUT.
Lucas Johnson • Mondays: TWO SPOTS LEFT. Thursdays: SOLD OUT.
Max Hardy • Mondays & Tuesdays: SOLD OUT. Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Mike Schaming • Mondays: SOLD OUT.
Shelby Swearingen • Mondays: SOLD OUT. Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Zach Toman • Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.

Chelse Lawson • Fridays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Lisa Churchya•Saturdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Neil Ostenfeld • Sundays, Mondays, & Tuesdays: SOLD OUT. Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Jennifer Pollins • Mondays & Tuesdays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.
Jessica Wood • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Jolene Flory • Wednesdays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.
Megan Miller • Tuesdays & Thursdays: TWO SPOTS LEFT. Wednesdays: SOLD OUT.

Please contact the office for details

3630 Rosewood Drive, Columbia, SC 29205 803-787-0931 •
226 Barr Road, Lexington, SC 29072 • 803-996-0623 •




Musical Ladder Poster



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:






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 803-996-0623
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

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.