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Columbia Arts Academy

Columbia, SC 29205 (map)


Lessons Offered

Piano, Music

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

In Student Home


About Me

Are we the right music school for you?

The Columbia Arts Academy is the largest music school in the state of South Carolina with an active enrollment of over 600 students. More students take music lessons here than at any other school in the city of Columbia.

While you are here researching the best school for you, please consider the benefits of becoming an Academy student and find out why we are Columbia’s number one choice for music lessons.

PIANO LESSONS
(for ages 5 and up)

Our piano teachers teach a variety of styles from classical to popular music. Whether you want to learn Bach or Alicia Keys, our teachers are happy to help you become the pianist you want to be. Our piano faculty will show you the fundamentals of sight reading, technique and theory, but they will also incorporate your favorite songs into your lessons. You do not have to have a piano at home to take lessons. A simple full size electronic keyboard will suffice for the first 6 months. Our piano teachers have warm personalities and enjoy sharing their love for the piano with you.

We offer optional recitals every May and December.
You do not have to participate but many of our students choose to.

My Musical Education Background

Our teachers have received their education from prestigious institutions such as New York University, Indiana University, Berklee College of Music, Oxford University, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, University of North Texas,
South Carolina Governors School for the Arts, the Atlanta Guitar Institute, Columbia College and the University of South Carolina. Many of our instructors have gone on performance tours of the US and Europe and have over 25 years of professional performance and teaching experience. In addition to their teaching credentials, our teachers have warm personalities, are extremely friendly and strive to get to know each student and their parent on a personal level.

Genres and Subjects Taught


We teach all styles from rock, pop, jazz, country, blues and classical.

WHAT DO YOU LEARN IN YOUR MUSIC LESSONS?

That question is often asked by prospective students. Our teachers make it a priority to get to know you on a personal level and to become familiar with your personal musical needs and goals.

We do not treat every student the same in terms of what and how we teach.

A seven year old having their first guitar lesson will have very different needs than a fifty seven year old taking up piano for the 2nd time after having had lessons as a child.

The main reason to choose the Academy as your music lesson provider, is that we are sensitive to the fact that every student is an individual.

If you enroll here for lessons, we will work with you to make a plan that will fit your needs and musical preferences. At the first lesson your teacher will ask you about your favorite type of music, and set goals to help accomplish whatever musical aspirations you have for yourself or your child

Lesson Rates


$24.00 per 30 minute private lesson held once a week.
Recommended for teens and adults.

$48.00 per 60 minute private lesson held once a week.
Recommended for the serious student.

There is a one time registration fee of $25.00

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

5 and up.

My Certifications and Awards

Our Director Marty Fort received the State newspaper's 20 under 40 award for being one of the top entrepreneurs
in Columbia!

My Musical Influences

We teach all styles from rock, pop, jazz, country, blues and classical.


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Student Reviews




McGovern, 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!




Irmo, 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.”


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