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



"We started guitar lessons at the Lexington School of Music this year.  The first time we walked in the door, George and I were both greeted by name.  We were immediately introduced to George's instructor, Lucas.  The lesson started and ended exactly on time.  After the lesson, Lucas spoke to me about what they worked on and instructed George about his homework for the week.  George was so excited that he played the guitar the entire car ride home.

 The very next day, I received a phone call from the School asking me how the lesson had gone, did I think that Lucas was a good fit for George, what did George think about his lesson, etc.  I was so impressed with the extra effort to ensure we were pleased with the entire process.  The phone call gave me the opportunity as a parent to ask any questions or address any concerns.  I really liked the fact that everyone there seems to genuinely care about what they do and how to best fit the needs of my child.  

I have recommended the Lexington School of Music to all of my friends!"   

- Lesley Reeves, Lexington, SC 

"My daughter has been tasking lessons for 3 years now and she loves it! She has had several teachers over the years and each one has given her their own unique perspective on singing and playing piano. She has learned so much from each teacher and has loved them all and so have I. The staff, teachers and director are all friendly and extremely professional. They go above and beyond to meet the students needs.

My daughter and I love the Lexington School of Music and would highly recommend the school to anyone."

- Laura Davis, Lexington, SC

"We signed our daughters up for classes to help give them an artistic outlet that they would be able to use in their teenage years and throughout life as a type of stress relief. They have grown in their love of music and increased their self-confidence since starting lessons almost two years ago. We definitely feel it is a worthwhile investment into their future."                      

-Kenna Vega, Lexington, SC

"The Lexington school of music is such a great place for music lessons. The staff is always so friendly at the Lexington location. Jason does a really good job making drum lessons fun for my son by letting him play songs that he is into."

-April Williams, Lexington, SC

"The Lexington school of music is a great school.  It far exceeded my expectations.  All of the staff are very professional.  The knowledge of the staff is top notch.                
-Angel L Jefferson, Lexington, SC  


“My three children wanted to play different instruments and there are so many instructors at the Columbia Arts Academy, 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

"From the first day our children became students at the Columbia Arts Academy, we’ve been extremely impressed with the professionalism and dedication of all of the instructors. Both of our children have made great strides – one on bass guitar and one in voice. Their lessons have allowed them to meet other kids with similar musical interests and they’ve been able to start their own rock band. With the help of the Columbia Arts Academy, they have played at the Rosewood Crawfish Festival, Vista Lights, and 5-Points St. Patty’s Day celebration. We are truly fortunate to have found a music school that is so encouraging and that our children LOVE!"

-Lisa & Chris Austin, Columbia, SC

The Academy is a great place for the adult, who never had the time, patience, or attention span, as a child to learn to play an instrument. The Academy fosters a love for music and is a great place for an adult, to take the plunge and do something that they have only talked about for years. The instruction is excellent! The instructors are patient! Every adult that I know has nothing but great things to say about the experience they have with learning to play an instrument. If you have told everyone for years, that someday you were going to sing, play the guitar, piano etc... this is the place for you to finally do it!

-Tarry McGovern, Columbia, SC

Probably the best thing I've done in the past ten years! Learning to play the guitar and working on my voice has made my life so much richer. If learning a language was as fun and fulfilling as taking lessons at the Academy, I'd be multi-lingual. Until then, I'll just sing and play!

-Kristian Niemi, owner Rosso Italian Trattoria, Columbia, SC

"The Columbia Arts Academy laid a perfect path for me to advance in my music career. My teacher had an amazing talent of teaching me all the basics while keeping the lessons very entertaining. The Columbia Arts Academy is full of insightful teachers who are talented not just with music but also at inspiring and captivating their students. If one wants to learn seriously or play as an amateur there is no better place to go."

-Thomas Creek, Columbia, SC

"My teacher makes learning so much fun. He knows all genres of music. He can go from classical to hard rock in the blink of an eye. If you're looking for the best teachers the Columbia Arts Academy is the place for you."

-Cliff Lutterloah, Elgin, SC

For most of my life I have always wanted to learn how to play the guitar, but never took lessons as a child. Then one day I decided that I was going to stop "wanting" and start "doing" and signed up for classes at the Columbia Arts Academy. I have learned so much and have had a great deal of fun along the way - I only wish that I had started lessons much earlier!

-Jennifer Simmons, Columbia, SC

I may well be chronologically the oldest student at the academy and I must say I am really enjoying being a part of it. I've taken lessons in classical guitar off and on (mostly off) over the years and only since retiring from State employment have I been able to devote the time to music I would like and have made great strides under my teacher's patient instruction.

-Betsy Gunter, Columbia, SC

The Academy has helped enhance my musical performance by teaching good material and only hiring the best of the best to teach. I am excited for lessons every week, and I always learn something new, every week.

-Teryn Meyer, Columbia, SC

My teacher is an excellent instructor!  I am continually amazed by the level of expertise and versatility he demonstrates with the guitar.  I have been playing for 11 years and he is able to develop lessons that challenge and encourage me to grow in my playing and performance. My teacher is able to quickly and effectively teach difficult material in a way that students can easily understand.  This is a rare gift in any field.  I enthusiastically recommend the Columbia Arts Academy.

-Jason Schafer, Swansea, SC

"My teacher always challenged me to be the best, which in return, helped prepare me for college as a jazz guitar performance major. His optimism and dedication shown in his teaching proceeded to help me get accepted to The South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanties, and the College of Charleston."

"My teacher's versatile teaching skills led me to become a better player with a professional outlook on how to become the best."

"He has given me the learning tools that will last forever."

-Josh Walker, New York, NY


My teacher is an ideal teacher for an older adult. His style is to be patient and encouraging, but at the same time uncompromising in making sure we learn proper technique. Also he does not rigidly adhere to one way only in teaching, but can adapt the teaching style to the student's needs and abilities. I recommend him very much.

-Charles T. Thornsvard, M. D., Columbia, SC

"My teacher's knowledge of the guitar is unbelievable. He is able to spot potential problems instantly and give you several different options to fix the problem.

He is very dedicated in teaching the proper ways to play the guitar which will make the student a better guitar player. Marty was able to take complicated lessons and break them down into smaller, easier to learn components, and then teach them to me one at a time.

My teacher's patience with students is unmatched when compared to other guitar teachers in the area. His patience and drive to teach the art of music and guitar playing has turned me into a rock n roll guitarist able to play with anyone at any time.

I would definitely recommend the Columbia Arts Academy to any person, young or old and with any level of experience. My teacher has helped me fulfill a life long dream of playing the guitar."

-Jeff Urso, Columbia, SC

"My teacher is a GREAT teacher. He has greatly improved my playing ability, and has always been very patient. He likes, and is capable of teaching, a variety of music."
-Caanen Peeples, Barnwell, SC

"My teacher's knowledge of music and his musical talent are boundless. Adding to that, his ability to place a student at ease, his variety within lessons, his understandable instructions, his welcome encouragement, makes the Columbia Arts Academy a most outstanding school.

-Gale Stanley, Columbia, SC

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226 Barr Road, Lexington, SC 29072
Next to Lexington Presbyterian Church

Offering quality guitar, piano, voice, bass, drum, banjo, ukulele and lessons in Lexington,
Irmo, Ballentine, Chapin, Columbia & Northeast Columbia.

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