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Academy Director Marty Fort performs
on WIS NBC "Sounds Of The Season"

Enjoy the Capital City Playboys performing "Frosty the Snowman".

Announcing the 2014
Christopher Gadsden Wells Memorial Scholarship Recipients

The Christopher Gadsden Wells Memorial Scholarship was organized in 2012 to provide funding for interested music students who wish to study at the Columbia Arts Academy. The scholarship is offered to 2 students annually who exhibit a unique dedication to and love of music. During the selection process, consideration is given to the applicant’s financial need.

The scholarship seeks to honor and memorialize the life of Christopher Wells, who died on September 28, 2012 at the age of 19. Christopher attended the Columbia Arts Academy and studied both the drums and the guitar. While he excelled at the guitar, he had an appreciation for all kinds of music. He loved to sing, was a self-­-taught pianist, and never missed an opportunity to pursue his passion. Beyond his musical interests, to those who knew him, Christopher will be most remembered for his kind spirit. He was a loyal friend with a warm heart. The Wells’ family asks “God to bless these recipients and that they will glorify Him with their musical abilities.”

Our 2014 scholarship recipients are Montajia Woodward and Keturah Cummings.

We congratulate them on being selected and we extendour heartfelt thanks to the Wells family for providing this wonderful learning opportunity for music students in the Midlands.

Bravo, Lexington School of Music!

Last weekend students from the Lexington School of Music performed in our Winter Recital at Columbia College.

We had a great turn-out and a truly amazing show all weekend long!

Columbia Arts Academy students will have their Recital at USC on December 20th and 21st. Everyone is invited to attend for more great music!

Lexington School of Music Recital Crowd!Lexington School of Music Guitar Teacher Zach Toman with his students at the Lexington School of Music recital!Lexington School of Music Recital Backstage with teachers and students

Refer Your Friends and Win Great Prizes!

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

Congratulations to Bridget W. for winning two free tickets to see Varekai at the Colonial LIfe Arena!

You can view the video of the drawing here:


Refer your friends to the Academy and if they sign up, we'll enter you AND your friends into our next raffle
so you both can win great prizes including tickets to see Journey and the Steve Miller Band at the Colonial Center. We'll also give you a $25.00 retail certificate to say thanks AND we'll give your friend one as well!

Thanks for much for your referrals.

Mark Your Calendars For Our December Recital!

Columbia Arts Academy students
Saturday, December 20 & Sunday, December 21st
USC School of Music recital hall
9 a.m.-9 p.m.

USC School of Music Recital Hall

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

Welcome, Baby Benjamin!

Baby Benjamin

Congratulations to Lexington School of Music Assistant Director Alexis and her husband Kyle on the birth of their son, Benjamin.

Benjamin was born on Friday, November 28th, at 4:05pm, and weighed in at 8lbs, 3oz.

Alexis and baby Benjamin are doing well, and we wish Alexis, Kyle, and Benjamin the best of luck!

Capital City Playboys Play At Carillon Parade

The Capital City Playboys had a great time performing at the Carillon Holiday Parade!

Did you also see them on WIS-TV for the Sounds of the Season?

It’ll be rebroadcasted on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!

Student of the Month
Austin D.

Evan Simmons Drum teacher with student

1. What Instruments do you play?

Austin: Drums and Piano

2. How long have you taken lessons?

Austin: For about a year

3. Who are some of your favorite musicians or artists?

Austin: AC/DC, John Bonham

4.What are your other hobbies, besides music?

Austin: I like to build things, like legos.
(Austin helped build the awesome drum to your right in his dad’s workshop, Rocket Boom Drums!)

5. Favorite Food?

Austin: Pizza!

6. What is the coolest thing you’ve learned in your lessons in the past three months?

Austin: How to do rolls.

Austin is getting ready for his Songbird Trophy Challenge with his instructor, Evan Simmons!

Good luck, Austin!

For being our “Students of the Month” Austin has won a $25 retail certificate to the Columbia Arts Academy!

Be sure to read your newsletter next month to see if YOU have won!

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

Louvenia D.
Stanley L.
Alex H.
Chris R.
Lisa G.
Elizabeth P.
Stephanie N.
Brian S.
Johanna G.
Ethel S.
Cullen M.
Kassidy G.
Ishmael F.
Kylee F.
Bruce D.
Joe B.
David P.
Austin F.
Jayden Y.
Brett W.
Kadence A.
Kaya M.
Andrew U.
Caroline S.
Isabel S.
Desiree R.
Catherine R.
Danilea T.
Alexa D.
Himani P.
Drew S.
Tyriek T.
Joshua C.
Mason G.
Tyler Piazzola
Cameron M.
Kelsey S.
Sophia N.
Nathan T.

Also mark your calendars for these upcoming holidays:

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

Is YOUR Teacher Sold Out?
Teachers With Waiting Lists.

Columbia Arts Academy Guitar Instructor Garrett Glover-Is Your Teacher Sold OUt?

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


Evan Simmons • Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.

Jason Summers • Mondays 2:30-8pm: ONE SPOT LEFT. Wednesdays & Fridays: SOLD OUT.

Will Ashley • Mondays: SOLD OUT. Fridays: ONE SPOT LEFT.


Lewis Taylor. • Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays: SOLD OUT.

Brett Floyd • Wednesday: ONE SPOT LEFT.

Garrett Glover •Thursdays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.

Lucas Johnson • Wednesdays & Thursdays 3-8:30pm TWO SPOTS LEFT.

Max Hardy • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Tuesdays SOLD OUT.

Mike Schaming • Mondays: SOLD OUT.

Wes Pellerin • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Thursdays & Saturdays: SOLD OUT.


Jennifer Pollins • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Thursdays & Fridays SOLD OUT.

Neil Ostenfeld
• Sundays & Tuesdays: SOLD OUT. Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.

Stephanie Bova • Sundays: 1-4:30pm ONE SPOT LEFT. Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.

Lisa Churchya • Mondays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.


Casondra Prosser • Mondays: SOLD OUT.

Michael Thomas • Sundays, Mondays, & Thursdays: SOLD OUT.

Megan Miller • Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Wednesdays: SOLD OUT.


Columbia Arts Academy Guitar Student Jane S Receive Her Apprentice Award for Passing Her Musical Ladder Test!

Guitar Student Hilary earns her Music Ladder “Apprentice”
Award. She studies with instructor Lucas Johnson.

Lexington School of Music Voice Lesson Student Katie E Receives Her Musical Ladder Award for Passing Her Test

Drums Student Brian earns his Music Ladder “Songbird”
Award. He studies with insructor Jason Summers.

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

Sign up for Picture Days in May!

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 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:

Important Dates!

Christmas Break (Both Schools)
Tuesday, December 23rd-Thursday, January 1st 2015

Lexington School of Music Spring Break
Tuesday, April 7th through Saturday, April 11th

Columbia Arts Academy Spring Break
March 30th through April 3rd


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 803-996-0623
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.