Columbia Arts Academy
Lexington School of Music
Monthly • October 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!

Musical Ladder System® now being used by 77 schools in the US, Canada & Australia! by Marty Fort - Director Columbia Arts Academy / Lexington School of Music Part 2

Continued from the August 2016 newsletter

I was nervous to approach Mark Cuban as he can be harsh, but I knew this was my one shot.

He was taking photos with conference attendees in the lobby and I went up to him and at rst he was stand o sh. But once I mentioned AXS and the tribute band show and he was totally cool. We talked about the show, Gene Simmons (who he tells me is a big fan of it) and knowing my time was limited I showed him a screenshot of the Musical Ladder System® that I use in my schools

It’s a student achievement system that uses really cool colored wristbands and ‘levels’ (with unique names that I created) for the students when they pass a test in their lessons. They also get a certi cate and at certain levels a trophy.

When Cuban saw it his eyes lit up and he seemed to be really excited about it saying that he thought is was a great idea and then he gave me a Shark Tank moment of my own.

He said that I needed to patent it and license it to others.

I was blown away that he would take his time to dispense his advice.

Now keep in mind, I had only designed this for my own school’s use.

But that ‘lightbulb’ came on when he in short order (just like the show) he was able to take the concept from just one school to the masses. (Stay tuned for Part 3!

Featured On Lexington!

Our Lexington location was featured on!

"A Moms Logistical Dream-An Unconventional Review"

Really cool article!

Important Dates

Fall Picture Day - Contact the Office for your appointment

Saturday, October 8th
Sunday, October 9th
Saturday, October 15th
Sunday, October 16th

Thanksgiving Break - CLOSED
Tuesday, November 22nd through Sunday, November 27th

Winter Recitals
Lexington Presbyterian Church
Friday, December 9th & Saturday, December 10th

Columbia College
Friday December 16th, Saturday December 17th, & December 18th

Konzert Kidz at the SC Phil Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest! with Joseph Rackers and the Columbia Choral Society
Saturday, October 15 - 7:30pm
Koger Center for the Arts
1051 Greene St, Columbia, SC 29201
Koger Center Box Office: 806 Park St.
Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm
Concert tickets start at just $17!

Konzert Kidz are invited to Oktoberfest with the South Carolina Philharmonic! Join us on Saturday, October 15th, for a concert featuring Southeastern Piano Festival's Program Director Joseph Rackers and the Columbia Choral Society in a performance of the Beethoven Choral Fantasy, among other German musical favorites.

Sign up to receive free admission for Konzert Kidz and 50% off adult ticket prices when you bring one or more Konzert Kidz. To receive the discount, advance ticket purchase from the box office is required. After the concert, receive your Konzert Kidz certificate, earn a star, and meet the artist!

JOSEPH RACKERS Hailed as an “American virtuoso” (Audiophile Audition), “enormous power and intelligent, instinctive interpretation” (Spoleto Today), and “simply dazzling” (The State), pianist and International Steinway Artist Joseph Rackers has performed for enthusiastic audiences in major musical centers around the world.

Pet of the Month ~ Diva


You may remember Diva, who was abandoned in the CAA parking lot and worked her way into the office and our hearts!
Guitar students Ian and Gabriel became her new forever family when their mom, Eva Julia, brought her home.
Diva has loves her new brothers! She enjoys sharing family meals, cuddles, and serenading her new family at all hours of the night.
THANK YOU to Ian, Gabriel, and Eva Julia for giving Diva a loving home!

Stay tuned to meet our next Pet of the Month!
Please email us at

Referral Contest - Everyone is a Winner!!

Every time you refer a new student to the Columbia Arts Academy or Lexington School of Music, we will give both you AND the new student your choice of a Target Gift Card, Amazon Gift Card, or Movie Passes.

Remember, Every time one of your friends mentions your name at registration we will give both you AND your friend one of these prizes!

*Not eligible for immediate family members. Family members can receive up to 40% discount in retail. See office for details.

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: Voice Lesson Student Sabrina earned her Rock Star Trophy! She studies with instructors Chelse and Megan.


Pictured Above: Piano Lesson Student Morly with instructor Becky after he earned his Vivace Wristband.


Pictured Above: Drum Lesson Student Will with instructor Brandon after he earned his Musician Wristband.



Pictured Above: Guitar Lesson Student John Charles with instructor Lewis after he earned his Apprentice Wristband.

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 77 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 August!

Jacob R.
Anna L.
Adiah A.
Patricia B.
Taylor S.
Kathryn W.
Kennedy P.
Jivana K.
Zeb S.
Gracie S.
Jason F.
Ella E.
Jesse E.
Taylor S.
Aubree P.
Anthony K.
Finley E.
Joshua B.
Mary Anna B.
Sophia B.
Laura G.
Liliana H.
Jack C.
Sianna A.
Jakiera H.
Rena P.
Asia C.
Emma B.
Ivey H.
Logan K.
Campbell G.
Grayson M.
Grace A.
Nico C.
Kate D.
Brady O.
Kaylee B.
Autumn P.
Florine P.
Janay S.
Carolyn C.
Indigo J.
Stephan J.
Jasmine Y.
Eliza V.
Chris M.
Natalia L.
Jzmyah R.
John B.
Valentino M.
Jack B.
Kennedy M.
Lilah W.
Will M.
Patty W.
Harris B.
Tre’Quan R.
Carlos W.
Joe L.
Sofia B.
Veronica R.
Nicole F. Reily M.
Sammy M.
Ayden G.
Sully C.
Michael E.
Marvin L.
Dylan H.
Ashley T.
Mary Ragan C.
Prateek V.
Anna M.
Abby V.
Karlie H.
Colsen G.
Savannah G.
Mike A.
Dylan C.
Louis R.
Kristen L.
Sheyanne C.
Carly G.
Maggie G.
Obinna O.
Emilee Ann I.
Keegan C.
Jessica R.
Lauren R.
Hutch R.
Paul B.
Andrew W.
Kleidy C.
Chloe L.
Ethan A.
Tammy H.
Tommy H.
Sadie M.
Erika O.
Savannah J.
Landon H.
Emma B.
Devin T.
Colby P.
Keli T.
Sabrina H.
Walter E.
Kylar M.
James W.
James S.
Lisa H.
Lyla O.
Bryce O.

Is Your Teacher Sold Out?

Pictured above: Piano lesson student Riley earned her Song Bird Wrisband! She studies with instructor Dallin.

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


Brandon • Sundays & Tuesdays: SOLD OUT. Wednesdays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.
Evan • Sundays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Jason • Tuesdays: TWO SPOTS LEFT. Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Will • Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Fridays: ONE SPOT LEFT.


Alec • Thursdays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.
Christian • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Garrett • Mondays & Thursdays: SOLD OUT.
Johannes Linnan• Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Lucas Johnson • Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Tuesdays 3-8pm: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Max Hardy • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Fridays: ONE SPOT LEFT.



Alana • Thursdays: SOLD OUT.
Becky • Tuesdays & Saturdays: SOLD OUT.
Chelse • Sundays & Fridays: SOLD OUT.
Jennifer • Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Wednesdays: SOLD OUT. Fridays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Jessica • Sundays: SOLD OUT.
Jolene • Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Nikea • Mondays: TWO SPOTS LEFT. Saturdays: SOLD OUT.
Megan • Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays: SOLD OUT. Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Sylvia • Sundays: SOLD OUT.

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 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!

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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