Columbia Arts Academy
Lexington School of Music
Monthly • January 2017

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!

New Year and Great Times Ahead!

Director Marty Fort had an awesome time rockin’ in the New Year at Columbia’s Famously Hot New Year’s Eve Concert and Celebration!

Over 20,000 people attended the annual free concert, and we want to thank everyone who came out for the show!

We are excited for the year ahead, and are looking forward to the annual Dogs Rock Concert and Benefit for Pets Inc, Rosewood Crawfish Festival, and much more!

Stay tuned for more upcoming events, and here’s to another amazing year of making music in the Midlands!

Thank you to Rob Wilson Photography Studio for their excellent work with Fall Picture Day! We're excited to schedule our next Picture Day for the Spring!

Featured On Lexington!

Our Lexington location was featured on!

"A Moms Logistical Dream-An Unconventional Review"

Really cool article!

Important Dates

Spring Break - CLOSED
Monday, April 10th, 2017 through Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Memorial Day - CLOSED
Monday, May 29th, 2017 & Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Summer Break - CLOSED
Sunday, July 2nd, 2017 through Thursday, July 6th, 2017

January Pet of the Month - Meet Lucky!


This fluffy one year old was a Christmas gift in 2015!

Lucky enjoys playing catch as well as dancing with her human sisters.

She loves her family and is known for giving hugs!

Stay tuned to meet our next Pet of the Month!

Please email us at

Referral Contest - Win a NEW iPhone 7!!

Want to win an iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch?
Have a friend who is interested in music lessons?

Stop by the desk to pick up a referral card to give to your friends! 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 Elijah earned his Master Trophy!! He studies with instructor Lisa.


Pictured Above: Guitar Lesson Student Victoria with instructor Shelby after she earned her RockStar Wristband!


Pictured Above: Piano Lesson Student Landon earned his Apprentice Wristband! He studies with instructor Chelse.



Pictured Above: Drum Lesson Student Eric with instructor Evan 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 December
Marshall S.
Caleb R.
Isabella I.
Zaria P.
Kate J.
Nyah R.
Sam T.
Mikell J.
Liz H.
Sofie J.
Jennifer C.
Isys A.
McCarthy A.
Caleb L.
Aydin Q.
Tim F.
Nick A.
Audrey O.
Kenzie C.
Kaylee A.
Caleb L.
Tim F.
Nick A.
Audrey O.
Kenzie C.
Kaylee A.
Ian J.
Amy N.
Ian J.

Is Your Teacher Sold Out?

Pictured above: Piano lesson student Tess earned her Master Trophy! She studies with instructor Lisa.

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


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


Emily R • Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Garrett G • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Jacob L • Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Max H • Tuesday afternoons: SOLD OUT. Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Mike R • Tuesday afternoons: TWO SPOTS LEFT. Thursday afternoons: SOLD OUT.
Mike S • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Lucas J • Wednesday afternoons: ONE SPOT LEFT. Thursday afternoons: TWO SPOTS LEFT.
Zach B • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Wednesdays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.
Shelby S • Tuesday afternoons: TWO SPOTS LEFT.



Ara-Viktoria M • ALL TIMES SOLD OUT.
Jennifer P • Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Jessica W • Sundays & Thursday afternoon: SOLD OUT.
Lisa C • Monday afternoons: SOLD OUT. Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Mike R • Thursday afternoons: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Nikea R • Saturdays: SOLD OUT. Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Stephanie V. • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Talon V. • Fridays: 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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