May 28, 2021

Update From Director Marty Fort!

Hey everybody, it’s Marty Fort here, the Director of the Columbia Arts Academy, The Lexington School of Music, and the Irmo Music Academy. I want to thank you all so much. We reached another milestone. We’ve enrolled 1,500 students. So, thank you students for making that happen. Thank you to our teachers. Thank you to our amazing office staff. And as part of our give back to the community, last time we did give backs to local independent restaurants. This time, we’ve opted to give back to our local shelter, Pets Incorporated. We give them a check for 1,500 dollars to sponsor adoption fees and medical fees for the animals and their need and their mission.

And we’re doing a new thing with Pets Incorporated that we’re going to be sponsoring once a month medical fees for 1 animal. So, they’re going to go out and post on their Facebook page which animal has needs, what their medical needs are, and we’re going to provide 300 dollars every single month. So, you literally can impact an animal’s life to help them get the medical attention they need and then maybe adopt them. So, be checking that out and watching our Facebook page, watching our emails. We’re happy again to partner again with Pets Inc at

This month's sponsored litter are the "Cookie puppies", who were surrendered to PetsINC after their human had to be placed in a women's shelter due to an unsafe home situation. She dearly loved the puppies, and hopes that, through our outreach, they can be placed in loving homes as soon as possible!

So, we’re expecting a very busy summer season this year for a variety of factors. One of the main ones being that even though 80 percent of our students have been back in person for a long time, we’re going to have a lot of new students that have been cooped up and they’re ready to come back and get in person lessons. So, we’re expecting a jamming summer session. What does that mean to you? Well, a lot of our teachers are already full. They have no spots available. Even though we do have some availability at each of our 3 locations, it just varies location to location and instrument to instrument. So, the big thing is what we don’t want to happen is somebody leaves for summer, they try to call us back in August and we have no spots for them. That’s the scenario we want to avoid. So, remember, if you’re a current student or if you want to come on and join us, this is the way we could help you for the summer so that you can keep your day and time with your teacher when August resumes.

We have 4 great options for you. 1, you’re welcome to Zoom in for your lesson. 2, you’re welcome to get a prerecorded makeup for your lesson with advanced notice. 3, you’re welcome to take advantage of our group makeup offerings and 4, you can sub lease your spot to a family member or friend. But the big thing is, enjoy your summer. Go to the beach for a week, whatever it is you’re going to do and travel. Have a great time. But don’t lose your spot with your teacher by withdrawing because you want to keep that spot, especially a prime time spot between the hours of 3:30 and 7:30. Those are the spots that are in the most demand. So, take advantage of our summer make up options. Get ahold of the office and they can tell you more.

We have some awesome news for you parents that have young children or you grandparents that have young grandchildren. For years, we’ve gotten requests for lessons for 2 year olds, 3 year olds, 4 year olds, 5 year olds and we didn’t really have any options for them, except for when they started to turn 4 and 5 to get them into piano, something like that. We are now licensees with Music Fun Time.

Now, this is an international program. We do 15 minute private lessons for children ages 2 and up. So, contact the office if you have a young child or a young grandchild. We’d love to tell you more about Music Fun Time for your young one. It’s just a month to month program, but come on board. It’s awesome and it’s 1st come, 1st serve. So, go and get your spot now for the young ones for Music Fun Time.

This year is already flying by. I can’t believe we’re in spring. August, like I said, is going to be here before we know it and we are hitting the road this August to go to Cleveland, Ohio. Our students and teachers are performing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Also, my band, the Capitol City Playboys is going to be performing and I’ve got a very special announcement that Hot Lava Monster is going to be getting back together and Hot Lava Monster is going to be performing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It doesn’t get any better than that.

So, guys, come join us in Cleveland. We’re going to be doing a live stream from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Of course, if you’d like to come in person, you’re welcome to do that. Tour the museum and then come see the show. But check us out and if you’d like to perform, we still have spots available. So, if you or your child would like to perform in Cleveland at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with us, contact the office for more information.

So, Marty Fort signing off here. Let’s keep making music at the Columbia Arts Academy, the Lexington School of Music, and the Irmo Music Academy.

Musical Ladder System® Achievements!

The Columbia Arts Academy, Lexington School of Music & Irmo Music Academy 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. It has been awarded multiple patents 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.


Get them a summer MUSIC LESSON pack from Columbia Arts Academy®!

Get your loved one a special gift by registering them for lessons and you can save $75.00 at the same time. We'll prepare a special summer pack for the special person in your life to include:

• One month of lessons certificate (1st lesson free with this special)

• $25.00 music retail certificate for books and music supplies

• Columbia Arts Academy® Water Bottle

• Instrument specific goodies: Drummers get drum sticks, Guitar players get Snark tuners, Voice and piano students get special music theory flash cards

• $25.00 registration voucher

Value: $174 | Your cost: Only $99!

EXPIRES JUNE 10th, 2021


It's EASY to redeem! Just reply to this email, or call / text us at 803-787-0931. You can also stop by in person at 3636 Rosewood Drive, Columbia, SC 29205 OR fill out this easy form and mention the MUSIC LESSON PACK promotion.

Welcome New Students!

Please Welcome the our new students who registered in April!

Listen to the Columbia Arts Academy® Podcast!

Check out the Columbia Arts Academy® Podcast! On these podcasts, Academy Director Marty Fort will bring you interviews with guest experts in the music education field, features with parents and students at the school and more. He is the inventor of the MUSICAL Ladder System used by almost 50,000 students at over 100 music schools, and the author of the number one Amazon best selling book the Ultimate Guide to Music Lessons.

On the latest episode Mr. Fort speaks with Assistant Director Caitlyn Shealy. She has worked at the schools since 2018. On this episode she talks about the latest and greatest at all three schools, how things went during COVID and what's ahead. Caitlyn loves animals, art, and anything you can consider a ‘project’. She also plays ukulele and sings a little when no one is listening.

Click Here to Listen!

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.


Summer Break | Closed

July 3, 2021 - July 6, 2021

Performance @ The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Sat, August 7, 2021

Labor Day | Closed

September 6, 2021

2021 Fall Recitals | Week 1

October 16, 2021 - October 17, 2021

2021 Fall Recitals | Week 2

October 22, 2021 - October 24, 2021

Thanksgiving Break | Closed

Nov 23, 2021 - Nov 28, 2021

Winter Break | Closed

Dec 22, 2021 - Jan 1, 2022

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