Columbia Arts Academy
Lexington School of Music
Monthly • April 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!

Great Music for a Great Cause!

Thank you to everyone who came out to Pets Inc for our Annual Dogs Rock Concert! Another BIG thank you to all of our sponsors: Columbia Ballet School, Groomingdales, Mr. Friendly’s, The Jam Room, Capital Karate, Dalespets, Wash World, Capital Ballroom Dance Studio, The Little Gym, Shear Xpectations, European Market, Han-Dee-Man, ReInvintage, and Art of Dentistry!

More awesome performances are yet to come! Recitals are June 18th, 24th, 25th, and 26th at Columbia College and Lexington Presbyterian Church!



Quinlan, Jillian, Drevon, and Daniel of the Columbia Arts Academy Rock Band Class put on another excellent performance as we raised money for the Animal Shelter!

Come see them at the Rosewood Elementary Picnic on April 28th and the Rosewood Crawfish Festival on May 7th!





Featured On Lexington!

Our Lexington location was featured on!

"A Moms Logistical Dream-An Unconventional Review"

Really cool article!

Important Dates


Summer Recital
Saturday, June 18th
at Lexington Presbyterian Church
Friday, June 24th, Saturday, June 25th, Sunday, June 26th
at Columbia College
*Recital schedules wil be mailed in the spring*

Summer Break

Saturday, July 2nd though Wednesday, July 6th


Picture Days were a great success!

Thank to you Rob & Jon Photography Studio for this season's Picture Day!
CDs and Proofs will be available for pick up in 2-3 weeks at the schools.

Stay tuned for the fall picture day schedule!

*Contact 803-787-0931 or 803-996-0623 for more information*

Pet of the Month ~ Charlie

This dapper young cockapoois one year old and loves toting around his stuffed Sherlock Holmes Pipe!

Charlie's best friend Chase takes drum lessons with Jason at the Lexington School of Music!


For being our pet of the month, Charlie received a $25 retail certificate for his family to use at the Academy!

Send in a picture of your pet and we may feature them in the newsletter or on our Facebook page!
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!

New Referral Contest!!!

Three tickets to the "I love the 90s" Concert
at the Colonial Life Arena May 13th @ 8pm
$150 Dinner gift card!!!
This nostalgic concert reunites these fan favorites for one incredible night of hit after hit after hit
that will have everyone reminiscing!!!

Every time one of your friends mentions your name at registration we will enter you AND your friend into our drawing !                                                         

*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: Congratulations to Guitar Lesson Student Gwendolyn for earning her Rock Star Wristband!
She studies with instructor Lucas Johnson


Pictured Above: Drum Lesson Student Will with instructor Brandon Christensen as he earns his Song Bird Wristband! Congratulations!



Pictured above: Guitar Lesson Student Drevon earned his Prodigy Trophy! He studies with instructor Mike Schaming.

Be on the lookout in next’s month 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 March!

Brien G.
Leeyana J.
Caroline S.
Evelyn R.
Joe L.
Jack L.
Heyward B.
Cameron C.
Blake L.
Richard B.
Landon R.
Addie L.
William C.
Ray D.
Darius J.
Courtlyn W.
Jamir R.
Ella Grace C.
Jayden D.
Mary H.
Avery M.
Aria L.
Mikayla E.
Melanie R.
Reshaud J.
Chris B.
Richard H.
Anthony D.
Jessica J.
Abram M.
Torrickory O.
Lasarah C.
Wilson S.
Kourtney A.
Greg S.
Jordan C.
Jackie B.
Amy N.
Wyatt J.
Andy N.
Lisa B.
Lily B.
Meredith P.
Tim P.
Brooke H.
Alexis W.
Kayla K.
Calleigh B.
Mae K.
Aaron M.
Blake M.
Shaomit A.
Samara S.
Vivian S.
Raul L.
Megan H.
Cory J.
Corey S.
Chelsea H.
John G.
Kaden E.

Is Your Teacher Sold Out?

Pictured above: Piano Lesson Student Sofia with instructor Jessica Wood as she earns her Song Bird Wristband

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


Brandon Christensen - Sundays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.

Evan Simmons - Tuesdays 3-8pm: SOLD OUT.

Jason Summers - Wednesdays: SOLD OUT.

Will Ashley - Thursdays: SOLD OUT. Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT.


Christian Sewesky - Mondays: SOLD OUT.

Garrett Glover - Mondays: SOLD OUT. Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.

Lewis Taylor: Wednesdays: SOLD OUT.

Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Lucas Johnson: Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.

Max Hardy: Mondays & Tuesdays: SOLD OUT. Fridays: ONE SPOT LEFT.

Mike Schaming: ALL TIMES SOLD OUT.



Becky Morris: Saturdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.

Jennifer Pollins: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: SOLD OUT. Thursdays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.

Jessica Wood: Fridays: SOLD OUT. Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT.

Nikea Randolph: Mondays and Saturdays: SOLD OUT.

Laura Smith: Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.

Stephanie Villamizar: Sundays: SOLD OUT.

Chelse Lawson: Fridays and Saturdays: SOLD OUT. Sundays: ONE SPOT LEFT.

Megan Miller: Tuesdays and Wednesdays: SOLD OUT. Mondays: 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

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. I got an e-mail from one of our Academy parents Cheryl DeMouy about her daughter Emily that I think sums up a successful college experience for a music minor:

“Emily is minoring in music at Presbyterian College. They have given her a small scholarship. In return, she plays in guitar ensemble, pep band, and choir. It really is a lot of work, but she has made a great group of friends and still continues to learn music.”

Congratulations Emily! Many Academy students would do well to follow in your footsteps

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