Update From Director Marty Fort!

Read the latest update from Director Marty Fort:

Happy September, Academy families!

Shake and bake! Congrats to our talented students and staff that rocked the Darlington Southern 500 in front of a SOLD OUT crowd of 60,000 people! Very proud of our students, teachers, staff and the support of their parents. Check out the video of their performance below:

In case you missed it, 2023 is an exciting year here at the Academy. It marks the 20th Anniversary for Columbia Arts Academy, the 10th Anniversary for Lexington School of Music, and the 5th Anniversary for Irmo Music Academy! Thank you to everyone who came to help us celebrate at all 3 locations earlier this summer during our Open House Parties! We had so much fun meeting all of you, raffling off guitars, exploring the instrument petting zoo, and making music! Stay tuned for more upcoming Anniversary Events!

You're Invited to the 2023 Anniversary Fall Ball on the Koger Lawn! We will be hosting the Fall Ball to celebrate our schools' 20th, 10th, and 5th Anniversaries on Sunday, October 8th, from 2 pm - 5 pm at The Lawn Amphitheater at the Koger Center for the Arts. There will be balloon artists, games, and of course, MUSIC! That's right, we want our students to perform and showcase their skills! If you are interested in performing, please email us at info@columbiaartsacademy.com. For more info, visit: https://fb.me/e/43EsszGQG

We have also announced the dates and venue for our 2024 Winter Recitals, taking place at the magnificent W. W. Hootie Johnson Performance Hall in the Darla Moore School of Business building at the University of South Carolina. The building is across the street from the School of Music and Koger Center buildings, where our 2023 Recitals were held.

There will be no recital scheduling requests taken for the Winter Recitals. Sign ups will run from October 1st, 2023 through October 31st, 2023. Please be on the look out for an email with recital specific information soon! For more info, visit: https://www.columbiaartsacademy.com/recitals

Students, families, and teachers - thank you again for an amazing 20, 10, and 5 years of making music, and we are excited for the future!

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.

Welcome New Students!

Please Welcome the our new students who registered in September!


Thanksgiving Break | Closed

November 21st, 2023 to November 26th, 2023

Winter Break | Closed

Dec 22nd, 2023 to Dec 31st, 2023

2024 Winter Recitals

Jan 12th, 2024 to Jan 14th, 2024

Jan 26th, 2024 to Jan 28th, 2024

W. W. Hootie Johnson Performance Hall

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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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