Columbia Arts Academy
Lexington School of Music
Monthly • December 2016

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!

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 3

Continued from the September 2016 newsletter

After the conference I have:

• Received a federal trademark for the Musical Ladder System®

• Received patent pending status in the US & Canada

• Licensed the program to 70 music schools in the US, Canada, and Australia in only 6 months.

• Licensees have been featured in major news publications such as the Houston Chronicle and news- papers in Vancouver, BC, Conway Arkansas, New Jersey and more are being covered as the news spreads.

• Hired Amadeus Consulting in Denver for a custom software project to make a Musical Ladder System® Parent Portal (parents and students will be able to log in, see when their tests are, see what level they’re at, access lesson notes, really take the music lesson experience to a new level.)

• Gotten tons of great success stories about music students practicing more, students breaking through challenges, ecstatic proud parents and very happy music school licensees who are improving their business sales and operations. • Hired two full time employees at our newly opened Irmo o ce to facilitate customer service orders.

• Become a full blown trophy manufacturing company to service our licensees with a full line of engraving and trophy equipment.

• Am hosting a national Musical Ladder System® contest so that students can create videos to show what the system means to them. The winning school will receive $5,000 for business improvements and the winning student will receive $1,000.

Featured On Lexington!

Our Lexington location was featured on!

"A Moms Logistical Dream-An Unconventional Review"

Really cool article!

Important Dates

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

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

Winter Break - CLOSED Thursday, 12/22/16 - Sunday 1/1/17

Student of the Month ~ Cannon


Q: How long have you been taking lessons with Garrett?
A: Two more months until three years!

Q: What is your favorite song or skill that you have learned in lessons?
A: Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles

Q: Have you earned any of the Musical Ladder Awards?
A: Yes, my newest edition is Maestro.

Q: What are your hobbies outside of music?
A: Riding my bike, watching movies, and video games.

Q: What was the most di cult challnge you’ve had in lessons so far?
A: I’m trying to master “Carry On My Wayward Son” and it’s pretty challenging.

Q: Do you have any pets?
A: Yes, a Hungarian Vizla dog named Lola and a grey cat named Goonie.

Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Pizza.

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

Referral Contest - Win a NEW iPhone 7!!

Every time you refer a new student to the Columbia Arts Academy or Lexington School of Music, we will enter you into our Raffle to win a NEW iPhone 7!

Not only that, we will also 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 enter both you and your friend into our raffle AND 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: Piano Lesson Student Caroline earned her Song Bird Trophy! She studies with instructor Becky.


Pictured Above: Voice Lesson Student Lexi with instructor Stephanie after she earned her Musician Wristband.


Pictured Above: Drum Lesson Student Will with instructor Brandon after he earned his Rock Star Trophy.



Pictured Above: Guitar Lesson Student Shomit with instructor Morgan 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
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 September and October!

Neil L.
Selah W.
Caroline S.
Simon D.
Kairon B.
Aadi P.
Advaay P.
Cole J.
James S.
Zamiyah J.
Doga O.
Thierry G.
Warren L.
Aleya B-P.
Solom K.
Sarah Lil P.
Nicholas W.
Erica G.
Joy V.
Joseph Z.
Ben M.
Linda C.
Ashley W.
Sarah M.
Gracia M.
Jordan J.
Regan W.
Ellie G.
Caleb E.
Grace C.
Lauren C.
Jeb B.
Tyler I.
Joy V.
Allison P.
Valerie C.
Harrison D.
Donen D.
Alexander M.
Melissa S.
Carrie J.
Margaret G.
Ayaan A.
Madison M.
Holden M.
Anna L.
John C.
Maurice K.
Olivia V.
Caitlyn V.
Ebahi O.
Joshua D.
Amy L.
Avery M.
Alicia B.
Presley B.
Jack B.
Tilan B.
Torien B.
Sonya H.
Evan M.
Dalton M.
Kadyn G.
Alexis C.
Brianne N.
Fernando V.
Tim B.
Aiden B.
Mary-Coleman H.
Kelton M.
Nasira H.
Imani A.
Logan B.
Joshua F.
Grace B.
Channing S.
Allie S.
Kaya M.
Eshan K.
Joshua C.
Aaron N.
Caitlyn N.
Matt H.
Elijah S.
Bernadette C.
Himani P.
Sherri S.
Izabella K.
Landon T.
Gianna M.
Marlin C.
Roman E.
Naomi E.
Belladonna S.
Madaline C.
Anabel C.
Olivia M.
Evan M.
Dean C.
Olivia C.
Will L.
Heather R.
Sarah M.
Kendra P.
Dayton C.
Jay S.
Ann-Marie B.
Braxton S.
Forest E.
Jayden S.
Emilee Ann I.
Brett K.
Jaci F.
Ainsley D.
William A.
Jaylen C.
Jordan M.
Chandler M.
Gabriel M.
Kailany W.
Robbie M.
Brett K.
Jaci F.
Ainsley D.
William A.
Bryson D.
Madison P.
Jessica P.
Bella H.
Bailey E.
Mathis E.
Emma D.
Phelan L.
Khamila B.
Holland C.
Evan W.
Wyatt M.
Ben M.
Joseph Z.
Lily C.
Tanishka G.
Jyotishka G.
Jordan Y.
Abby R.
Layla S.
Addison S.
Justin M.
Lydia W.
Jabriana M.
Makayla K.
Anna T.
Kendra P.
Abby A.
Jenna P.

Is Your Teacher Sold Out?

Pictured above: Piano lesson student Montajia earned her Rock Star Trophy! She studies with instructor Nikea.

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.


Austin L • Thursdays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.
Brandon C • Sundays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Wednesday afternoons: SOLD OUT.
Evan S • Sundays: TWO SPOTS LEFT. Tuesday afternoons: TWO SPOTS LEFT.
Jason S • Wednesdays: SOLD OUT.
Will A • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Fridays: SOLD OUT.


Adam B • Thursdays: SOLD OUT.
Garrett G • Mondays: SOLD OUT.
Max H • Tuesday afternoons: SOLD OUT.
Mike S • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Lewis T • Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Lucas J • Thursday afternoons: TWO SPOTS LEFT.
Zach B • Tuesday afternoons: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Morgan J • Wednesday afternoons: TWO SPOTS LEFT.



Ara-Viktoria M • Mondays & Thursdays: SOLD OUT. Fridays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Becky M • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays: SOLD OUT. Fridays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Chelse L • Fridays & Saturdays: SOLD OUT.
Jennifer P • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Lisa C • Monday afternoons: SOLD OUT. Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Mike R • Thursday afternoons: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Nikea R • Saturdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Mondays: 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 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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