Columbia Arts Academy
Lexington School of Music
Monthly • July 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!

Bravo, Students!

Congratulations and job well done for the over nine hundred students who performed at the June Recitals! Thank you to all students and teachers for your hard work, and thank you to our Academy families for your support!

We're very proud of them all and if you want to perform in our December recitals, they'll be here before you know it.
Contact us for more information on how you or your child can participate:



Featured On Lexington!

Our Lexington location was featured on!

"A Moms Logistical Dream-An Unconventional Review"

Really cool article!

Important Dates

Labor Day - CLOSED

Monday, September 6th

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

Picture Days were a great success!

Student of the Month ~ Lena




Meet piano student, Lena, our July student of the month!

Q: How long have you been taking lessons?
A: It will be a year September.

Q: Who is your favorite artist?
A: I love music.

Q: Any art or music that inspires you?
< A: Because art and music are, I am inspired!

Q: Favorite skill you've learned?
A: It's just beginning to take shape, but that my left hand and right hand can coexist creating together!

For being our student of the month, Lena received a $25 retail certificate to use at the Academy!

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

Meet our 1200th student, Lacy!

Thank you Columbia and Lexington for making us the largest private music school in South Carolina!

Referral Contest Winner!!

Congratulations to Columbia Arts Academy student Jhurni and her mother Deedra for winning three tickets to the "I love the 90s" Concert at the Colonial Life Arena
$150 Dinner gift card!!!

Remember, Every time one of your friends mentions your name at registration we will enter you AND your friend into our drawing! Stay tuned for our next referral contest!                                                         

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

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!

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: Guitar Lesson Student Jackson with instructor Morgan after he earned his Prodigy Trophy.


Pictured Above: Piano Lesson Student Talinnian with instructor Jessica after he earned his Rock Star Wristband.



Drum Lesson Student Sam with instructor Brandon after he earned his Song Bird 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

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 June!

Brady S.
Elizabeth E.
Leigha M.
Jaden C.
Kayla H.
Gabi R.
Greylyn R.
Mira L.
Jennings H.
Shelby S.
Riley S.
Grayson H.
Tafara H.
Preston H.
Brock T.
Luke T.
Laney P.
Kennedy C.
Kenyan C.
Mia B.
Faiq U.
Fadeelah U.
Cameron W.
Max H.
Carron H.
Katheryn J.
Willow B.
Ellie S.
Cooper S.
Jim B.
Bobby W.
Alexis B.
Skyla H.
Romari S.
Adam F.
Tyler W.
Sahil A.
Charlie T.
Eric A.
Watson H.
Carson T.
Louis R.
Tare S.
Savannah R.
Presley G.
Cooper S.
Niah M.
Noah M.
Roy Y.
Mridul B.
Niashia M.
Logan W.
Brittnay M.
Aniiah H.
Betty J.
Tyrell J.
Stephanie B.
Albert B.
Ashton S.
Josyiahs S.
Matthias T.
Rebecca A.
Olivia E.
Mary Devall K.
Ciara M-S
Cynthia S.
Jasper C.
William S.
Dianne G.
Stephan R.
Ava S.
Jordan P.
Prealy I.
Teresa J.
Virginia Grace L.
Mary Grace M.
Deepayan D.
Ara-Viktoria M.
Evelyn C.
Haiden S.
Sheneke G.
Tavian B.
Matthew B.
Leeyana J.
Luka P.
Marc V.
Cornelia C.
Frank R.
Lilly S.
Trevor J.
Jaleigha E.
Michelle M.
Shannon M.
Brittany L.
Olivia H.
Callan S.
Ethan S.
Chlose E.
Lila B.
Arturio S.
Adrian S.
Gerado S.
Jackson L.
Aiden D.
Hayley L.
Layla D.
Michelle M.
Madison G.
Jennifer G.
Sam W.
Abigail C.

Is Your Teacher Sold Out?

Pictured above: Piano lesson student Angel had a wonderful performance in June! Here she is pictured with her instructor, Johnnie Felder.

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


Brandon Christensen • Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Sundays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.
Jason Summers • Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Will Ashley • Thursdays: SOLD OUT.


Christian Sewesky • Fridays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Garrett Glover • Mondays & Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Lewis Taylor. • Tuesdays & Wednesdays: SOLD OUT. Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Lucas Johnson • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Thursdays 3-8pm: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Max Hardy • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Mike Reid • Mondays: SOLD OUT. Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Shelby Swearingen • Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Zach Bingham • Mondays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.



Becky Morris • Tuesdays & Saturdays: SOLD OUT.
Chelse Lawson • Fridays: SOLD OUT. Sundays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Jennifer Pollins • Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Wednesdays: SOLD OUT. Fridays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Neil Ostenfeld • Sundays & Tuesdays: SOLD OUT.
Nikea Randolph • Mondays: TWO SPOTS LEFT. Saturdays: SOLD OUT.
Megan Miller • Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays: SOLD OUT. Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.

Contact the office for details.

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?


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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