lexington school of music

A Division of the Columbia Arts Academy, South Carolina's Largest Music School.

We offer lessons for: Guitar, Voice, Singing, Piano, Drums, Bass, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, & Violin.

Are we the right music school for you?

The Lexington School of Music is a part of the largest music school in the state of South Carolina with an active enrollment of over 1,500 students. Students drive from as far away as Charleston and the Upstate of South Carolina to take lessons here and at our Irmo and Columbia locations. We offer lessons for ages 4 to adult.

While you are here researching the best school for you, please consider the benefits of becoming a Lexington School of Music student and find out why we are South Carolina’s number one choice for music lessons.

The recipient of more awards than any other music school in the Midlands! (Free Times, The State Newspaper, Lexington Life Magazine, Lake Murray Life Magazine, Irmo Life Magazine)

The Lexington School of Music has won more awards than any other music school in the Midlands. Since 2003, it’s been the school of choice for more than 1,700 families. Students come from as far as Charleston to study at our three locations in Columbia, Lexington and Irmo.

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We are an Official Safety Plan Music School!

In order to keep our students, staff, and teachers safe, we have implemented the Family Safety Plan in our schools! This includes glass windows on lesson rooms to foster transparency between teachers and parents, full-time office staff so that students and teachers are never left unsupervised, requiring extensive background checks of all of our teachers and staff, security cameras in all rooms, and an open-door policy for parents, which means that they’re always invited to sit in on their child’s lessons. Learn more at FamilySafetyPlan.org.


We teach Guitar, Piano, Singing, Voice, Drums, Bass, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele & Violin Lessons

14 benefits of becoming a Lexington School of Music student:

Electric and Acoustic guitars sitting on stands.

1. Guitar, Piano, Drums, Bass, Voice, Singing, Violin, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Percussion lessons and LED Monitors for your favorite mobile device in each room in ONE location!

We are the only school in Lexington and Columbia South Carolina that offers all of these popular instruments: Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drum set, Voice, Singing, Violin, Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele and Percussion in one location. We are also the only school in the Midlands that has installed $10,000 worth of LED monitors in each teaching room so that you can bring your iPhone, iPad, or any mobile device to give you the BEST music lesson experience in Lexington and Columbia that no one else can offer.

Student plays digital drum set with instructor.

2. The largest and most qualified teaching faculty in Lexington.

We have 60 music teachers, all with either college training or professional performance experience. Our music teachers are dedicated to learning about your personal musical goals and helping you to achieve them. With at least three music teachers for every instrument, we are confident that we have the right teacher to meet your music lesson needs. In addition to their teaching credentials, our teachers have warm personalities, are extremely friendly and dedicated to teaching you the style of music that you want to learn in your music lesson.

Student and teacher enjoy an outdoor lesson.

3. The widest range of music lesson times available seven days a week!

We are the only music school in Lexington and Columbia that offers music lessons seven days a week from early in the morning to late at night to accommodate your busy schedule.

9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays.
1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Sundays

Female student standing next to piano keyboard, while instructor plays along.

4. A proven track record of excellence since 2003.

Visit our testimonial page to see what our students are saying. Every year, aspiring music teachers start their own studio, and a year or two later it’s closed. The Columbia Arts Academy and the Lexington School of Music have a proven track record of offering quality music lessons in Columbia & Lexington, South Carolina year round. Our full time mission is teaching music lessons trusted by over 1,800 families for over ten years.

A large, clean & spacious waiting room.

5. A comfortable parent's lounge for our clients.

With over 3,000 square feet we have the most spacious and parent friendly waiting area in Lexington.
Instead of waiting in a music retail store showroom, our clients enjoy a spacious, professional parent's lounge with comfortable chairs, kids toys, Wi-Fi, magazines and bottled water service. We also provide large observation windows on every door so that you can watch your child's lesson while you wait. Or if you prefer you can sit in on their lesson anytime you like.

Practice space with computer monitors and two "Line 6" guitar amps.

6. The largest and most technologically advanced music lesson rooms in Lexington.

At the Lexington School of Music our students get to enhance their lesson experience by taking lessons in our large and spacious music teaching rooms. At an average of 400 square feet per room, we have the largest teaching rooms in Lexington, giving our students a premium lesson experience.

Technology is also a big part of lessons at Lexington School of Music and we have installed LED monitors in each classroom at both schools.  The monitors have cables that can attach to iPods, iPads, or laptops. This allows students to have a modern and engaging lesson using music teaching apps, music software, Skype, and more. Feel free to "Bring Your Own Device" to your lesson in addition to your instrument! No other schools in Lexington or Columbia offer this technology.

One of the things that has really set us apart is our focus on providing lessons that are fresh, new, and engaging. There are so many great teaching apps out there now that we felt we had to update our teaching rooms with LED monitors.  By doing so, our students never run the risk of being bored by their lessons. It's a challenge to engage children or adults, but by integrating technology such as teaching apps from the iTunes store, GarageBand, ProTools, you name it, we're providing a cutting edge lesson experience in Lexington and Columbia.

In addition to their size, our rooms are stocked with everything you need for music lessons, including amps, stereos, full drum kits with pads, keyboards, pianos and more. All you need to bring is your instrument. We have spent thousands of dollars on our studio to offer soundproofing and large observation windows.

Student playing guitar, close up image.

7. Free music recitals in world class music halls and our annual student showcases with NO participation fees!

We are one of the only music schools in Lexington that offers free recitals with a grand Steinway piano in a first class professional recital hall and student recitals.

Every parent just wants to know how their child is doing and if they are really progressing. The best way for a parent to understand if their investment in lessons is really worth it, is to have their child participate in a recital.

In May and December many of our students choose to perform in our biannual recitals. We hold these at prestigious auditoriums such as Columbia College as they have a grand Steinway piano and world class acoustics. We even provide a red carpet and step and repeat banner to make it fun!

Lexington School of Music friendly office staff.

8. Professional office staff seven days a week to serve you.

We are the only music school in Lexington and Columbia that offers full time, specially trained professional customer service staff for our music lesson students seven days a week.

Many music studio desks are staffed by the teacher/owner or more commonly an answering machine. We have three office team members who are available at the front desk to assist our clients quickly and professionally.

Student and instructor having a guitar lesson outdoors.

9. Trophies, certificates and award wristbands to celebrate achievement.

We are the only music schools in Columbia and Lexington that gives 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 (see pictures to the right) by giving them full color, really cool “Musical Ladder®” wristbands that they can show off to their friends. The Musical Ladder® is our unique method of music education that you can only get here.

More importantly when our students have a test coming up, they practice more, their parents are proud, their teachers are proud, and everybody wins. You can only get the Musical Ladder® here. We also specialize in music lessons for adults.

Lexington school of music offers music instruction books and accessories available for purchase.

10. Student Discount Cards.

We are the only music school in Lexington that offers student discount cards for their students which saves them money all throughout the year.

We also sell music books, instruments and accessories. All of our current students receive a student discount card that saves them money on all of their music supply needs. The student discount card can also be used at other local business including the Jam Room recording studio. At the Jam Room our music students can save money but still make a professional quality demo or recording project.

Instructor and student playing acoustic guitar in room with Line 6 amps.

11. Early morning and lunch time lessons for home schoolers, retirees, college students and working professionals.

Since we are the largest school in the state of South Carolina, we are able to be a 'full service' music school. This allows us to offer lessons as early as 9 a.m. and we see many students between the hours of 11 a.m.-2 p.m. If you are a home school parent, retiree, college student or working professional who has a flexible schedule, take advantage of our early morning and lunch time lesson spots.

Lexington School of Music view from the front exterior of the building.

12. Located on scenic Barr road five minutes from Flight Deck in Lexington.

Our school is centrally located and convenient to all areas of Lexington. Close to our school you will find great shopping, dining and convenient access points to the school from Highway 1 and I-20. If you'd like to grab dinner before or after your lesson there are numerous restaurants close by. Our location is also convenient to Saluda, Red Bank, Irmo, Chapin and Ballentine. We own our own building with a great parking lot that makes it very easy to get in and out. Our clients enjoy a one acre lot with picnic tables, rocking chairs and a scenic setting. You can even take your lesson outside on a nice day. You can only experience this unique environment at the Lexington School of Music.

Picture day at Lexington School of Music

13. Picture Day

We are the only music school in Columbia that offers a picture day for their students. Every Spring and Fall we host a free picture day with professional photographer Rob & Jon studio. This is a service that our student's parents love as they all want quality photos of their children (example pictured right). Adults are welcome too! Students can bring their instruments to the photo shoot and wear whatever they like.

Student playing drums holding drumsticks high in the air.

14. Month to Month lessons.

The Academy does not require semester minimums for lessons. Every student here is on a month-to-month basis.

If you are ready to start, you have nothing to lose as we only want students who truly want to be here and we will not commit you to a long term contract.

Technologically Advanced Facilities

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Our students enjoy over 3,000 sq. ft. of Lexingtons’s most advanced music lesson rooms. Each studio is soundproofed and stocked with everything our students need, from pianos, keyboards and full drum kits with pads to amps and stereos. Parents can sit in on their child's lesson, watch through large observation windows, or relax in our spacious and comfortable parent’s lounge with WiFi, magazines, toys for kids and bottled water.

Meet the Director

The ability to play an instrument or sing beautifully offers a lifetime of benefits. Music lessons also foster a student’s personal, social, and academic development. The Columbia Arts Academy has made substantial investments in our three facilities and elite faculty to provide an uplifting environment designed to foster creativity, confidence and joy.
If you’ve been told you are tone deaf or uncoordinated, I’m here to inform you that everyone can improve their musical skills. As a musician, songwriter and music professor, I've witnessed thousands of students transform their lives in ways they never imagined possible. We make it our mission to help Columbia students explore and develop their talents, wherever their curiosity and interests lead them.

Marty Fort 
Founder and President
Columbia Arts Academy

Columbia Arts Academy Student Plays Guitar

Our Students love performing on Lexington and Columbia's Biggest Stages.

Every parent wants to know how their child is progressing. That’s why, twice a year, we present our Red Carpet recitals in professional recital halls equipped with a Steinway grand piano (at no added fee). And at our Annual Student Showcase, your child can perform at the Rosewood Crawfish or Jam Room Music Festivals. Bring your family and friends to share in the fun.

Since 2005, our program and students have been featured in the Free Times, WIS TV, WLTX TV, WOLO TV, and in a SC Educational Television documentary.

A student plays guitar, close up image.

My three children wanted to play different instruments and it was very easy for us to choose a time and date to fit our busy schedule. The teachers have always been very positive and encouraging to all of my children which is very important to me.

Cindy Otis

Irmo, SC

Columbia Arts Academy is the perfect place for adult learners who want to sharpen their skills and learn new things. Every week my teacher gives me new "tools" for my "toolbox," that I can use as I perform or write new songs.

Candace Chellew

Columbia, SC

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It's easy to take the first step.

Ready to start? You have nothing to lose.

Sign up is easy and parent-friendly, with helpful staff at the front desk seven days a week to serve you. Because we only offer lessons on a month-to-month basis, there are no large upfront payments, no complicated contracts, no annual material or performance fees, and no semester minimums.

Lessons are first come, first serve, so contact us today to arrange your first lesson!

$34.50 / 30 minutes

Lessons are available seven days a week, and scheduled once a week. A one-time registration fee is $25 (due only at time of registration).

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