Columbia Arts Academy
Lexington School of Music
Monthly • August 2018

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!

Dogs Rock 2018!

Academy students put on a fantastic show at Wild Wings Harbison to raise money for Pets Inc, a local nonkill animal shelter.Thank you to everyone who came out to support the cause, as well as a HUGE thank you and Bravo! to our performers: Campbell, Mika, Kaycee, Alexia, Matt, Nathan, and Daniel!

Best Seller!

BIG NEWS: School director Marty Fort’s new book “The Ultimate Guide to Music Lessons” hit NUMBER ONE twice on the Amazon New Release Best Seller chart for Music Appreciation, even topping Alice Cooper’s new book!

You can get your copy here!

August Pet of the Month - Meet Banjo Boomer!

Banjo Boomer is eight months old and loves to follow his owner Leila wherever she goes!

We Love Referrals!

Every time you refer a new student to CAA or LSM, we will gift you AND your friend with your choice of a Target Gift Card, Amazon Gift Card, or Movie Passes. PLUS! You will both be entered into a raffle for more great prizes! More referrals mean more chances to win!

Featured On Lexington!

Our Lexington location was featured on!

"A Moms Logistical Dream-An Unconventional Review"

Really cool article!

Important Dates

Labor Day - OPEN
Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Thanksgiving Break - CLOSED
Tuesday, 11/20/18 - Saturday, 11/24/18

Winter Recitals
Friday, 12/7/18; Saturday 12/8/18
Lexington Presbyterian Church & Friday, 12/14/18; Saturday, 12/15/18; & Sunday, 12/16/18
Columbia College

Winter Break - CLOSED
Saturday, 12/22/18 - Tuesday, 1/1/19

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: Drum student Jayden earned his Master Trophy! He studies with instructor Jason.

Pictured Above: Voice Student Elizabeth earned her Apprentice(three month) Wristband! She studies with instructor Megan.

Pictured Above: Guitar Student Londyn earned her Song Bird (six month) Wristband! She studies with instructor Zach.

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 100 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 July:
Gracie G.
Sam S.
Colvin K.
Andy T.
Alexander M.
Leila J.
Gino V.M.
Jacob L.
Sam E.
Ruel W.
Laura D.
Nathaniel H.
Hannah M.
Ronan M.
Caleb R.
Jay R.
Payton H.
Henry N.
Kaitlin O.
Lorelai B.
Ellie S.
Daniel H.
Vivian S.
Zach L.
Chloe P.
Aleigh T.
Connor J.
Aria B.
Kara W.
Renata M.
Bennet S.
Savannah G.
Brailyn M.
Adam A.
Breah C.
Colleen N.
Kyle B.
Clarence S.
John N.
Duncan H.
Amir U.
Caroline B.
Chris R.
Alex P.
Juliana M.
Vanessa W.
Ian C.
Elizabeth H.
Clark H.
Elijah Drake G.
Willie-Symone B.
Samuel G.
Riley G.
Bertha H.
Brynn H.
Samuel H.
Kolbi L.
Moira S.
Marisa G.
Denise C.

Is Your Teacher Sold Out?

Pictured Above: Piano student Zeb earned his Musician (nine month) wristband and his brother Guitar student Hughes earned his Prodigy (two year) wristband and Trophy! Both brothers study with instructor Mike.

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


Austin L • Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Durrell J • Wednesdays: TWO SPOTS LEFT.
Evan S • Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Jason S • Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Will A • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT.


Garrett G • Tuesday mornings: ONE SPOT LEFT. Wednesday mornings: SOLD OUT. Thursday mornings: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Lewis T • Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Max H • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Tuesdays: SOLD OUT.
Christian S • Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Fridays: SOLD OUT.
Zach B • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Adam B • Thursdays: SOLD OUT.
Evan St • Sundays: TWO SPOTS LEFT. Wednesdays: SOLD OUT.
Ony R • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT.



Becky M • Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Chelse L • Sundays: SOLD OUT.
Dante T • Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Desiree R • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays: SOLD OUT. Fridays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Jennifer • Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Jolene F • Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays: SOLD OUT. Fridays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Lamonica H • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Anna G. • Mondays: 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 Gym of Columbia is 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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