Columbia Arts Academy
Lexington School of Music
Monthly • July 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!

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!

Summer Recitals Part One!

Bravo and job well done to all of our amazing performers from our Recitals at Columbia College!

Stay Tuned next month for pictures from our Recitals at Lexington Presbyterian Church!

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

Summer Break - CLOSED
Sunday, July 1st, 2018 through Friday, July 6th, 2018

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: Violin Student Emma earned her Rock Star Trophy AND her Allegro Wristband! She studies with instructor Emily.

Pictured Above: Voice Student Amber earned her Rock Star Trophy! She studies with instructor Stephanie.

Pictured Above: Guitar Student Hughes earned his Prodigy Wristband! He studies with instructor Mike.

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 May:
Alvin W.
Kellee G.
David W.
Tyleighcia L.
Ishaan B.
Thomas A.
Faith R.
Grey C.
Leila J.
Makayla F.
Kimberly M.
Brenda E.
Christopher T.
Natalia H.
Robert M.
Ann A.
Janie A.
Charles J.
Joshua S.
Julio A.
Myla Y.
Tricia G.
Perry O.
Niasha F.
Tina R.
London D.
Benjamin Z.
Montgomery B.
Sam W.
Christopher M.
Latrell H.
Jaime O.
Jack B.
Cheyenne C.
Bella C.
Lanie T.
Scarlett M.
Juliana M.
Braelyn P.
Kaden D.
Nuri N.
Trenton C.
Leah S.
Lanie T.
Matthew B.
Parker W.
Emma T.
Maddie G.
Ariana S.
Betsy M.

Is Your Teacher Sold Out?

Pictured Above: Drum students Jake and Cameron did a spectacular job at the first recital weekend! They study with instructor Jason.

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


Evan S • Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Sundays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Jason S • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Wednesdays: SOLD OUT.
Will A • Sundays: ONE SPOT LEFT.


Adam B • Sundays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Alec E • Thursdays afternoons: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Christian S • Fridays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Dallin W • Sundays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Garrett G • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Thursday mornings: SOLD OUT.
Max H • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Tuesdays: SOLD OUT. Fridays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Lewis T • Thursday mornings: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Mike R • Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Wednesday afternoons: SOLD OUT. Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.



Ara-Viktoria M • Sundays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Becky M • Tuesday afternoons: ONE SPOT LEFT. Wednesday afternoons: SOLD OUT.
Dante T • Thursdays: SOLD OUT.
Desiree R • Mondays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays: SOLD OUT.
Jolene F • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Tuesday afternoons: ONE SPOT LEFT. Wednesdays: SOLD OUT.
Lisa C • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT. Saturdays: SOLD OUT.
Nikea R • Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Stephanie V • Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Talon V • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT.
Zach P • Wednesdays: SOLD OUT.

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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