Columbia Arts Academy
Lexington School of Music
Monthly • April 2018

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


Our students and their parents are what makes us great!

Best Seller!

BIG NEWS: School director Marty Fort’s new book “The Ultimate Guide to Music Lessons” hit NUMBER ONE twice on the Amazon New Release Best Seller chart for music appreciation, even topping Alice Cooper’s new book!

You Ought to be in Pictures!

Looking to commemorate the year? Don’t forget to book your time for our Spring Picture Day!

Rob Wilson Photography will be hosting our Spring Picture Day at their Irmo Studio on Sunday, April 29th.
Please call the office at CAA (803-787-0931) or LSM (803-996-0623) to book your appointment.

Spaces fill up quickly, so don’t delay!

Academy Students Rocking St. Pat's in Five Points!

Congratulations and job well done to CAA/LSM students Lilly, Campbell, Elizabeth, Ava Maria, Arden, Mika, Iyanna, and Alexis for their awesome performances at the St. Pat's in Five Points festival!

Meet Pet of the Month - Otto

Otto is a three month old poodle-chihuaha mix who loves to chew on his toy hedgehog and get into mischief!

We Love Referrals!

Every time you refer a new student to CAA or LSM, we will gift you AND your friend with your choice of a Target Gift Card, Amazon Gift Card, or Movie Passes. PLUS! You will both be entered into a raffle for more great prizes! More referrals mean more chances to win!

Featured On Lexington!

Our Lexington location was featured on!

"A Moms Logistical Dream-An Unconventional Review"

Really cool article!

Important Dates

Memorial Day - OPEN
Monday, May 28th, 2018

Summer Recitals
Columbia College
Friday, June 15th, 2018; Saturday, June 16th, 2018; & Sunday, June 17th, 2018
Lexington Presbyterian Church
Friday, June 22nd, 2018 & Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

Summer Break - CLOSED
Sunday, July 1st, 2018 through Friday, July 6th, 2018

Labor Day - OPEN
Monday, September 3rd, 2018

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 Students Jesse, Jack, and Joe earned their Prodigy Wristbands! They study with instructor Becky.

Pictured Above: Drum Student David earned his Musician Wristband! He studies with instructor Brandon.

Pictured Above: Voice Student Skylar earned her Maestro Wristband! She studies with instructor Heather.

Pictured Above: Drum Student Brady earned his Vivace Wristband! He studies with instructor Jason.

Pictured Above: Piano Lesson Student Felicia earned her Song Bird Trophy! She studies with instructor Chelse.

Pictured Above: Voice Student Taylor earned her Rock Star Wristband! She studies with instructor Heather.

Pictured Above: Drum Student Reagan earned her Rock Star Wristband! She studies with instructor Jason.

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
ETV Radio Interview

Check out the COVER of Lexington Life Magazine!
Lexington Life September 2016 There's a great feature on the Lexington School of Music and the Musical Ladder System®. The patent pending system is now being used by 100 schools in the US, Canada and Australia, but it was created by school Director Marty Fort.

The State Newspaper also had a wonderful article about the Musical Ladder System®
The State Newspaper

Read more to learn how it's getting children and adults more excited about music lessons around the world.

Watch this video to see the Musical Ladder System® featured on the news!

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 March:

Chloe R.
Noah G.
Bridget R.
Connor W.
Elise D.
Angie D.
Vivienne T.
Ebony C.
Maya H.
Happ S.
Caroline C.
David W.
Isabel R.
Jacson C.
Brazil F.
Rasaan E.
Nancy W.
Satoria W.
Johnnie S.
Chris S.
Willie B.
Katie C.
Robin D.
Carol J.
Jamie B.
Donna L.
Lauren B.
Mirian H.
Nick P.
Shylan S.
Tinsley G.
Aashritha M.
Gresham B.
Devin J.
Nate J.
Kim B.
Ed S.
Carter R.
Braxton M.
Austin V.
Leah W.
Jan S.
Sophia Z.
Morgan R.
Marissa S.
Colton H.
Mason M.
Frances W.
Caroline M.
Whitley E.
Anya N.
James N.
Brandon O.
Chris R.
Heath R.
Levi R.

Is Your Teacher Sold Out?

Pictured Above: Piano Lesson Student Parker earned his Superior Wristband! He studies with instructor Lisa.

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


Brandon C • Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Evan S • Sundays: TWO SPOTS LEFT. Monday afternoons: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Jason S • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Wednesdays: TWO SPOTS LEFT. Thursdays: SOLD OUT.
Will A • Thursday afternoons: SOLD OUT.


Adam B • Thursdays: SOLD OUT.
Christian S • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Fridays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Emily R • Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Wednesdays: SOLD OUT.
Evan S • Mondays: SOLD OUT.
Garrett G • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Jacob L • Fridays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Lewis T • Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Max H • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Tuesdays & Wednesdays: SOLD OUT. Fridays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Mike R • Tuesdays: SOLD OUT.



Anna Beth R • Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Ara-Viktoria M • Saturdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Becky M • Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Wednesday afternoons: ONE SPOT LEFT. Saturdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Desiree R • Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Thursday afternoons & Fridays: SOLD OUT.
Heather H • Mondays & Fridays: SOLD OUT. Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Jennifer P • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Wednesday afternoons: ONE SPOT LEFT. Fridays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Jolene F • Tuesdays & Wednesday afternoons: SOLD OUT.
Laura S • Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Lisa C • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Megan M • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Mike R • Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Mondays & Thursdays: SOLD OUT. Wednesday afternoons: 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?


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 Gym of Columbia is 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!

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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