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Lexington, SC 29072
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Congratulations to our 1,000th Student!

1,000th student!
Congratulations to our ONE THOUSANDTH Student MATT MARTIN!
Matt has won one year of FREE lessons! Thank you Columbia for making us South Carolina's largest music school.

To say thank you, register for lesson before October 31st and we'll give you $51.00 off with a free lesson and $25.00 in retail.

Give us a call at 803-787-0931 or email us


Lexington School of Music students
Saturday, December 6 & Sunday, December 7th

Columbia College Spears Music Arts Center
9 a.m.-9 p.m.

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

Congratluations to all of our students who performed
in our May recitals!

They did a great job and we’re very proud of them.

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

Columbia College Recital Hall • Columbia Arts Academy Recital December 7th 2013

Pictured above:
All set up and ready to go!
The Lexington School of Music stage set up at Columbia College for the December recital!

Recitals will be here before you know it! Don't miss our December recitals at the USC School of Music & Columbia College. If you're not a student yet, there's still time to participate. Contact the office at 803-787-0931

Columbia College Recital Hall Columbia Arts Recital Saturday December 7th, 2013

The crowd gets ready for the recital to start and the doors to open.
Great job students!

Rock Band Students Perform at the Jam Room Music
Saturday October 11th!

Columbia Arts Academy Rock Band Class Students

Check out our rock band class students performing live at the Jam Room Music Festival kids stage, 12 noon-6 p.m. Saturday, October 11th, in front of the Columbia Museum of Art!

They’re performing their own songs and also rocking covers by The Clash, Radiohead, Pink Floyd and more. Also performing are talented Academy students: Alarm Drum and Ryan McGillain!

Free show. Family friendly.

Best of Parties!

Free Times Best of Award Party Food Display

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our “Best of Parties at our Columbia and Lexington locations! To say thanks to everyone who voted us “Best Place to Take Music Lessons” in the Free Times, we had parties in September with lots of great prizes and goodies. We gave away some amazing items including: Front row tickets to Marvel Universe Live at the Colonial Center, featuring your favorite Marvel Comic Book characters LIVE, an Acoustic Guitar, Three months of lessons, $50.00 music retail certificate, BoJangles gift cards and more.

Congratulations to our prize winners:

Front Row Marvel Universe Live Tickets: Jason Bradley

3 Months of Free Lessons: Eldora Whitcomb

$50 Retail Certifcate: Walt Tobin

Free Acoustic Guitar: Alexia Davis

A BIG thanks to Bojangles for the yummy food and drinks. And a BIG, BIG thanks to everyone who voted in the Free Times.

We’re working hard to give you even MORE in 2015!

Academy Dogs Lucky and Mozzy Fort say, "Thank Heaven for Little Girls!"
They are looking forward to meeting Kathryn McCartney Fort in March!

Baby Fort Announcement

Valerie and I are ecstatic to be expecting our first child in March. Actually a lot of Academy teachers are either expecting or have recently had a baby. Be on the lookout in the October news for all of the latest 'baby' news that's happening with your favorite office staff member and or teacher. We're also working on 'Future Academy Student" T-Shirts for babies, so if you have any ideas for the design or other cool baby ideas, please let us know!


Please welcome the new students
who enrolled at our schools in August

Hunter H.
Jessica T.
Serena B.
Madison G.
Gracie R.
Grant Z.
Carter C.
Ava K.
Jacob R.
Jessica R.
Butch L.
Patsy L.
Rayven J.
Campbell G.
Kate C.
Hudson P.
Madelyn P.
Cady S.
Nico C.
River M.
Caitlyn G.
Kailtyn B.
Sydney B.
Olivia M.
Chloe B.
Hilary B.
Jake B.
Ava M.
Arianna G.
Tony B.
Will H.
Erich R.
Matthew H.
Adam B.
Veer Y.
Morgan C.
Jackson P.
Ron C.
Jivana K.
Donavan M.
Trace F.
Noor S.
Nikko B.
JoJo B.
Katie T.
Christynn P.
Margaret C.
Lilly B.
Prateek V.
Madeline P.
Kylie C.
Nikolai B.
Regan J.
Claire P.
Dargan M.
Eliana P.
Malana P.
Bobby B.
Brianna D.
Rebekah E.
Tucker E.
Hunter E.
Anne F.
Daniel N.
Katherine W.
Betty W.
Christian S.
Norm N.
Darby W.
Stephen K.
Andrea B.
Neveah H.
Sierra S.
Eric B.
Zion W.
Montajia W.
Mabel S.
Jeremiah H.
Clorissa W.
Bridget B.
Kate W.
Neveah E.
Jeni J.
Aubri C.
Nishtha B.
Alex N.
William N.
Cash W.
Morgan C.
Reed W.
Shannon M.
Syndi A.
Braden G.
Kelsey L.
Louise S.
Ellen S.
Thomas L.
Maleah A.
Jordan M.
Chandler W.

Also mark your calendars for these upcoming holidays:

Thanksgiving Break:
Thursday, November 27th- Sunday, November 30th

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

Is YOUR Teacher Sold Out?
Teachers With Waiting Lists.

Will Ashley Drum Teacher

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 803-929-7867.


Jason Summers • Mondays 2:30-8:00 p.m. Wednesday 3:30-8:30 p.m. SOLD OUT.

Will Ashley •
Thursdays and Fridays 3:30-7:00 p.m. SOLD OUT.


Lewis Taylor • Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays 3:30-8:00 p.m. SOLD OUT.

Max Hardy •
Tuesdays ALL TIMES SOLD OUT Mondays ONE spot left at 7:30 p.m. Contact the office for details. Fridays only two spots left.

Brett Floyd • Tuesdays 11 a.m.-8 p.m. only ONE spot left at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays only two spots left.

Garrett Glover •
Mondays only ONE spot left at 2 p.m. left. Tuesdays 2:30-7:30 p.m. SOLD OUT Thursdays 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. ONE spot at 12 noon left.

Wes Pellerin • Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only ONE spot left: Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m.

Zach Bingham • Mondays ALL SPOTS SOLD OUT.

Zach Toman • Mondays 2:00-7:00 p.m. ALL SPOTS SOLD OUT.

Mike Schaming • Mondays only ONE spot at 8:30 p.m. left.


Jennifer Pollins • Thursdays & Fridays ALL TIMES SOLD OUT.

Neil Ostenfeld • Tuesdays and Thursdays ALL TIMES SOLD OUT. Wednesdays ONE spot left at 8:00 p.m.

Peter Rich • Mondays ALL TIMES SOLD OUT. Saturdays ONE spot left at 3:00 p.m.

Jay Hawes •
Mondays and Wednesdays 3:00-7:00 p.m. SOLD OUT

Nikea Randolph • Mondays ALL TIMES SOLD OUT


Megan Miller • Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 3:30-8:30 p.m. ALL SPOTS SOLD OUT.

Michael Thomas • Sundays and Wednesdays ALL TIMES SOLD OUT.

Casondra Prosser • Mondays ONE spot left at 8:30 p.m. Contact the office for details.


Columbia Arts Academy Student of the Month Isabel Z. with her Song bird award!

Columbia Arts Academy voice lesson student Lilly F. got her Musical Ladder
Song Bird Award! She takes with voice teacher Superstar Megan Miller.

Lexington School of Music Annalise G. received her musical ladder songbird award!

Lexington School of Music guitar lesson student Annalise G. received her Musical Ladder Songbird award for passing her test! She studies with Lewis Taylor.

Columbia Arts Academy Guitar Student

Columbia Arts Academy guitar lesson student
Casey E. received her Musical Ladder “Vivace” award! She studies
with guitar instructor Zach Toman.
Great job guys!

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

Pet of the Month!

Pet of the Month! Garrett G with Willow!

Send in YOUR pictures of you and your pet. Each student receives a $25.00
retail certificate (contact the office to pick up) and we’ll also donate $100 to
PETS, Inc - The Carolinas Humane Society in the student’s name.
Our “Pets of the Month” belong to Lexington School of Music guitar student
Kobe H. and his two dogs, Pig and Blue. Keep those pet pics coming!
E-mail us today! or


Teacher Feedback

Columbia Arts Academy Adult Student Mr Bill

We REALLY value your feedback about our teachers and schools. A lot of you sent in some great feedback about why you think your Academy is great. We wanted to share a few in the newsletters. This month we’re focusing on feedback from adult students:

"For most of my life I have always wanted to learn how to play the guitar, but never took lessons as a child. Then one day I decided that I was going to stop “wanting” and start “doing” and signed up for classes at the Columbia Arts Academy. I have learned so much and have had a great deal of fun along the way - I only wish that I had started lessons much earlier!"

-Jennifer Simmons, Columbia, SC

"The Academy is a great place for the adult, who never had the time, patience, or attention span, as a child to learn to play an instrument. The Academy fosters a love for music and is a great place for an adult, to take the plunge and do something that they have only talked about for years. The instruction is excellent! The instructors are patient! Every adult that I know has nothing but great things to say about the experience they have with learning to play an instrument. If you have told everyone for years, that someday you were going to sing, play the guitar, piano etc... this is the place for you to finally do it!"

-Tarry McGovern, Columbia, SC

Please send YOUR teacher feedback to us at or

Students of the Month
Stephanie & Albert B.!

Columbia Arts Academy Director Marty Fort with Carolina Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson

For being our “Students of the Month”
Stephanie and Albert have both won $25.00
gift certificates to the Academy!

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

1. What Instruments do you play?

Albert: Voice and Piano
Stephanie: Voice and Piano

2. How long have you taken lessons?

Albert: 17 months
Stephanie: 17 months

3. Who are your favorite musical artists?

Albert: Bruno Mars
Stephanie: Katy Perry, Fleetwood Mac, Blondie

4.What are your other hobbies, besides music?

Albert: Baseball
Stephanie: Karate and Gymnastics

5.Favorite Food?

Albert: Pizza
Stephanie: Ice Cream and Candy

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

Albert: The song Grandpa’s Clock
Stephanie: How to sing “Let it Go” and play “Fur Elise”

7. Have you earned any wristbands or trophies with us?

Albert: Yes, the Musical Ladder Rockstar Award.
Stephanie: Yes, I’m working on the Vivace or Allegro Awards in 2 weeks.

Great job guys! - Marty

Sign up for Picture Days in December!

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 November and is 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 803-929-7867
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!

Labor Day
Sunday, August 31st-Monday, September 1st, 2014

Thursday, November 27th- Sunday, November 30th, 2014

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


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 803-929-7867
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.