May 29, 2019

Academy Students put on a great show at the St Pat’s in Five Points Festival!

Be sure to check them out at the Rosewood Crawfish Festival on May 4th at the Fairgrounds!

An Excerpt from Marty Fort's book "The Ultimate Guide to Music Lessons" on the Importance of Recitals:

    First, it’s the best way to get an honest assessment of how a student is progressing. Many parents need to see the improvements their child is making from week-to-week. Unfortunately for eager parents, progress isn’t always consistent. If you were to reference any stock graph, you’d see that companies have performance peaks and valleys performance.

    In much the same way, there are peaks and valleys in a student’s musical performance over time. Students will experience valleys during their practice sessions at home and peaks during their lessons at school. For this reason, recitals are important because you’ll be able to see how your child is able to perform a particular piece they have dedicated their time to learning and perfecting.

    The second benefit of recitals is that it gives students the chance to perform in front of an audience. These performances can play a big role in their self-confidence later in life when they will need to make in-class presentations, perform speeches, lead a meeting, run a church gathering, or give a full-blown sales presentation or conference. A recital helps them understand the importance of preparing and practicing for a performance in front of a real audience.

    Another benefit of a recital is that the unexpected can happen. Mistakes, unforeseen sound issues, or missed cues have happened to every professional musician. For example, Metallica and Lady Gaga played at the Grammys and the microphone went out.

    Monumental sound issues have affected Super Bowl performances in front of millions of viewers. These professional artists were forced handle the situations tactfully and gracefully. Experiencing an unexpected mishap on stage will help the student learn how to react to problems, cope with stress, and improvise!

    Recitals are great for boosting a child’s self-esteem. Students are encouraged to invite their family, friends, and neighbors to their performances. A child has a lot to gain from having a room full of people they love watch them perform. For many, the pride and feeling of accomplishment of playing in front of a supportive crowd cannot be beaten...

    ... Our recitals are formal, and we encourage the students to dress up for the evening. The entire audience of families and friends acts as a supportive and positive network that uplifts and encourages the children on stage. Formal recitals are more beneficial than little showcases for children because they are given the opportunity to perform on a big stage with other performers in front of a large, enthusiastic crowd.

It’s equally as important that you as a parent have an optimistic view of the recital. I am a very patient person, and I enjoy spending time with my three-year-old daughter and helping other children develop their own musical abilities. I understand that children are their own people and develop at their own rate, both in maturity and skill level.

    It is with this mentality that I invite parents to be forgiving with their children during their recitals. Despite months of preparation and practice, many students are still quite nervous before a recital. If they truly aren’t ready and aren’t willing to go on stage, give them a hug, be supportive, and let them watch the other students perform.

    Not being able to perform at a recital isn’t the end of the world. Parents should be happy that they’re investing in their children and giving them the opportunity to take lessons, perform, and grow. If a child doesn’t wish to perform, then it isn’t wise to force them to get on stage. They will always have another opportunity (often in six more months!) to prepare and perform on stage.

    While I understand that parents want their children to be successful, I ask that parents allow their child’s passion for music to grow in a healthy and organic way. Parents shouldn’t push their child too hard because it could negatively impact their self-esteem. If your child makes a mistake on stage, it’s important to be supportive of them and remind them that they’ll have another opportunity soon.

    My school is not a competitive environment, and we make sure that the students understand the importance of respecting and supporting each other. It’s about the love of art and the musical journey.

    In my years as a music professional and educator, I have seen children grow from shy and introverted to outgoing, confident young adults. The ones who underwent this change stuck with the lessons and took every recital opportunity they could. The students were inspired by music and they were able to perform in front of a crowd, which in turn boosted their confidence. The progress didn’t happen after just four lessons, but from years of positive reinforcement by teachers and parents.

Stop by the desk to learn how you can pick up your own copy of "The Ultimate Guide to Music Lessons!

Musical Ladder Achievements!

The Columbia Arts Academy, Lexington School of Music, and Irmo Music Academy are the only music schools in the Midlands that give their students the opportunity to earn special color wristband bracelets (kids and teens love them!), trophies AND certificates for passing musical tests. 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” 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!

Voice Lesson Student Adiah earned her Prima Wristband - Five Years of Lessons!

Piano Lesson Student Jamin earned his Champion Wristband - Four Years of Lessons!

Guitar Lesson Student Micah earned his Superior Wristband - Three and a Half Years of Lessons!

Piano Lesson Student Thorin earned his Apprentice Wristband - Three Months of Lessons!

Guitar Lesson Student Chance earned his Apprentice Wristband - Three Months of Lessons!

Put this on your calendar!


Columbia College:

Friday, 5/3/19 | Saturday, 5/4/19 | Sunday, 5/5/19

Lexington Pres. Church:

Thursday, 5/9/19 | Friday, 5/10/19 | Saturday, 5/11/19


Monday, 5/27/19


Monday, 7/1/19 - Sunday, 7/7/19


Monday, 9/2/19


Wednesday, 11/27/19 -Saturday, 11/30/19


Sunday, 12/22/19 -Wednesday, 1/1/20

Meet Pet of the Month: Daisy Mae!

Daisy Mae is a six month old Havanese puppy who likes to bounce on the trampoline with Academy Student Emilee Ann and her sister Claire!

We Love Referrals!

Every time you refer a new student to the Academy, both you and your friend or family member will earn either a Target, Amazon, or Movie Pass Gift Card!

Is Your Teacher Sold Out?

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 May please send an e-mail to,, or


Austin L: Tuesdays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.

Evan S: Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT.

Jason S: Wednesdays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.

Tommy E: Wednesdays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.

Will A: Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Fridays: ONE SPOT LEFT.


Adam B: Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT.      Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.

Chance G: Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.

Christian S: Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.     Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Fridays: SOLD OUT.

Emily R: Wednesdays & Thursdays: SOLD OUT.

Evan St: Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.      Saturdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.

Garrett G: Fridays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.

Landon S: Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT.

Mark V: Wednesdays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.

Max H: Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT.      Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Fridays: SOLD  OUT.


Anna G: Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT.      Fridays: ONE SPOT LEFT.

Becky M: Tuesdays: SOLD OUT. Wednesday     Afternoons: ONE SPOT LEFT.

Chelse L: Sundays: SOLD OUT.

Dante T: Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.


Heather H: Fridays: ONE SPOT LEFT.

Jolene F: Sundays & Wednesdays: SOLD     OUT. Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT.     Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Fridays: ONE SPOT LEFT.

Jennifer P: ONE SPOT LEFT. Tuesdays &     Fridays: SOLD OUT.

Lisa C: Fridays & Saturdays: SOLD     OUT. Wednesdays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.

Megan B: Tuesdays: SOLD OUT.

Mike R: Tuesdays: SOLD     OUT. Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.

Nikea R: Mondays & Tuesdays: SOLD     OUT. Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.  Fridays: ONE SPOT LEFT.

Stephanie V: Thursdays: SOLD OUT.

Zach P: Fridays: ONE SPOT LEFT.

Welcome to all of the New Students Who Enrolled in March!

Coulter O.

Emma B.

Levi G.

Aniello S.

Yi S.

Haley C.

Alec E.

Gabriel P.

Kyle B.

Siona S.

Addison G.

Darryl M.

Kavin S.

Chris M.

Josiah R-S

Jordan J.

Stephanie B.

Claire B.

Collin K.

Benjamin H.

Houston O.

Dhairya P.

Teigan E.

Karen G.

Danilo J.

Gudelia J.

Lucas P.

Holley V.H.

Yi S.

Camille A.

Brayden A.

Joe R.

Regina F.

Hadley W.

Kathryn C.

Kaitlin R.

Tristan T.

Omar A.

Madison W.

Josh M.

Zoe A.

Aarthi A.

Chase W.

Harish A.

Taylor B.

Tiffany S.

Cale C.

Eli H.

Nathalie B.

Naza C.

Chang T.

Ryan H.

Kellen F.

Alyssa J.

Sky H.

Caitlyn S.

Juan O.

Marcus L.

Brooke B.

Envy S.

John S.

Chloe H.

Vivienne R.

Van N.

Laura L

Zoey G.

Alex W.

Christopher J.

Bryson B.

Marlayna F.

Lucas R.

Annanya J.

Adarsh J.

Ty’Jay M.

Leilani P.

Zion W.

Emma L.

George B.

Harrison G.

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