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Should Your Child Major In Music? Part 2

by Marty Fort
Director - Columbia Arts Academy

In this second and final installment, I’m going to talk about what music majors actually study in college and how it could affect your decision to become one.

The basic curriculum for college music majors is two years of music theory and ear training. First year music theory classes entail learning all major and minor keys, major and minor scales (and their counterparts) as well as ancient 4-part writing, harmonic analysis and intervals. Second year students analyze symphonic scores by Mozart and Berlioz as well as counterpoint by Bach. Ear Training can be a tough course for some as students learn to sing and recognize pitches, in- tervals, chords and a variety of melodic and harmonic content by ear alone. Many of the exams require singing arpeggios and scales in front of a full classroom. Performance majors will have 4 years of private lessons, 2 years of music history and some ensemble training. For your first year, you can get by with remedial sight reading skills, but by your second year, this will have vastly improve! Jazz majors will have classes in jazz ensemble, arranging, jazz theory and improvisation.

For any student, who is very passionate about music, and feels that studying, performing and teaching music is the only thing that will make them happy, I encourage you to pursue college as a music major. However, for those of you who love music, but don’ t necessarily want to make a career of it, I would recommend minoring in music. You CAN have it both ways!

Mark Your Calendars For Our May Recitals!

Join us at Columbia College, Friday, May 1st, Saturday, May 2nd, and Sunday, May 3rd for THREE STRAIGHT DAYS of live music!

Free admission, and donations will be collected for local animal shelter Pets, Inc! See YOU there!

Guitar Student Bailey earns his Song Bird Award with his instructor, Lewis Taylor.

Pet of the Month - Reagan

It is well-known that the Columbia Arts Academy is a major supporter of Pets, Inc., not just for the great work that they do, but because many of our staff and teachers have found their lovable pets at Pets, Inc.

CAA Office Staff Karli welcomed home her adorable
new puppy, Reagan, in February. Reagan guy just turned 12 weeks old and is a hound mix.

Hopefully we’ll see him visiting at the school soon!

Send us pictures of you and your pets, and we’ll feature them on Facebook or our newsletter!

Another Great Performance by our Amazing Students!
Students from the Columbia Arts Academy and Lexington School of Music put on a GREAT show at our annual Dogs Rock! Concert at Jillian's in the Vista.

This yeaar we raised over $2,000 for Pets, Inc!

Thank you to our students and teachers for all of your hardwork, thank you to our sponors,and thank you to everyone who came out for the show!

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!

Thank you so much for your referrals.

Student of the Month

Clayton T.

1. What instrument do you play?

I play the piano; I am interested in taking singing lessons; and how to play the drums and the guitar.

2. How long have you taken lessons?

I have been taking lessons for two years with the Lexington School of Music.

3. What’s your favorite song?

Pharrell Williams “Happy.”

4. What do you listen to at home?

I like to listen to Gospel and Christmas songs.

5. What are your other hobbies, besides music?

My hobbies are traveling, Martial arts, reading, Cub Scouts, toy cars, video games, tv, and going to the movies.

6. Favorite Food?

My favorite food is chicken, fries, and Sprite.

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

How to play Swan Lake in one piano lesson (LSM: That is pretty cool!)


Please welcome the NEW students who enrolled at our schools in February!

Bennett R.
Najah F.
Ben G.
Colton W.
Chase K.
Sean E.
River M.
Bailey G.
Bianca A.
Tra E.
Jim B.
Vanessa A.
Connor F.
Bryson D.
Aidan H.
Brendan D.
Sabrina G.
Kendra B.
Gage B.
Stewart S.
Michele S.
Katherine P.
Naraya A .
Aidan A.
Miyah W.
Celeste C.
Almand B.
Andrew R.
Nidia R.
Abreon H.
Meocia G.
Anna C.
Victoria T-D.
Brooke E.
Lynette W.
Mark C.
Jon C.
DeAndre A.
Ariel G.
Sean W.
Brandon H.
Daley A.
Darius D.
Jonas L.
Miranda B.
Ryan K.
Bobby W.
Celia H.
Jonas H.
Sri A. D.
Michaela W.
Harris C.
Sophie U.
Lila W.
Luis E.
Caleb D.
Dante T.
Lauren S.
James L.
Auderia H.
Anurag A.
Caleb C.
Chris C.
Luca C.
Gracie G.

Is YOUR Teacher Sd Out?
Teachers With Waiting Lists.

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


Jason Summers • Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: SOLD OUT.

Will Ashley • Mondays & Fridays: SOLD OUT. Thursdays & Sundays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.


Lewis Taylor. • Mondays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.Wednesdays: SOLD OUT.

Brett Floyd •Mondays: TWO SPOTS LEFT. Wednesdays: SOLD OUT.

Andy Jurik • Thursdays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.

Johannes Linnan • Fridays: SOLD OUT.

Max Hardy • Mondays & Tuesdays: SOLD OUT. Fridays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.

Mike Schaming • Mondays: SOLD OUT.

Wes Pellerin • Mondays,Thursdays, & Saturdays: SOLD OUT.


Ashlee Poole • Sundays: SOLD OUT.

Chelse Lawson • Saturdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.

Jay Hawes • Tuesdays: SOLD OUT. Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.

Michael Thomas • Mondays & Wednesdays: SOLD OUT. Sundays & Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.

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


Lisa Churchya • Tuesdays & Wednesdays: SOLD OUT. Fridays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.

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

Nikea Randolph • Mondays & Saturdays: SOLD OUT.

Peter Rich • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT.



Voice Student Stephanie earns her Vivace Award. She studies with instructor, Justin Stillabower.

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


Drum Student Garrett with instructor Evan Simmons as he earns his Rock Star Award.

Piano Student Shawn as he earns his Apprentice Award. He studies with instructor Chelse Lawson.

Be on the lookout in next’s month news and on our Facebook page for more great pics of our award winning students!

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 & May, 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: DOGS ROCK! Benefit Concert and Student Showcase

Sunday, February 22nd at Jillian’s in the Vista

Columbia Arts Academy Spring Break

Tuesday, March 31st through Saturday , April 4th

Lexington School of Music Spring Break

Tuesday, April 7th through Saturday, April 11th

May Recital Dates

TBA at Columbia College


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.