10 Benefits of becoming an Academy student:

1. Guitar, Bass, Voice, Drum and Piano lessons in one location.
This saves our students time and money, as one family can take multiple instruments on the same day. Other studios offer multiple instruments, but we are the only one to offer music lessons in Columbia, South Carolina for all 5 of the most popular instruments: Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass, Voice, Piano and Drum set.

2. The largest and most qualified teaching faculty in Columbia.
We have 35 music teachers, all with either University 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.

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

4. A proven track record of excellence.
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 Academy has a proven track record of offering quality music lessons in Columbia, South Carolina year round. Our full time mission is teaching music lessons.

5. A comfortable waiting room for parents.
Instead of waiting in a music retail store showroom, our clients enjoy a spacious, professional waiting room 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.

6. Fully stocked music lesson rooms.
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 observation windows.

7. Free, all inclusive music recitals.
Every May and December, our students have the option of performing in our recitals. Students are not required to perform, but many choose to. Parents never have to pay
admission or any related fees for these recitals.

8. Professional office staff seven days a week to serve you.
Many music studio desks are staffed by the teacher/owner or more commonly an answering machine. We have three office managers who are available at the front desk to assist our clients.

9. Located on Rosewood in the heart of Shandon.
Due to its central location, our school is convenient to all areas of Columbia. Close to our studio, you will find great shopping, dining and the quaint neighborhood village of Shandon.
Our location is convenient to Northeast Columbia, Irmo and Lexington.

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

Serviced Areas

  • Columbia, SC, Northeast, Columbia, SC, Lexington, SC, Irmo, SC

Payment Options

  • American Express, Discover, MasterCard, VISA

Contact Details

  Person Alexis Williamson
  City Columbia, SC
  Zip Code 29205
  Address 3630 Rosewood Drive
  Phone Number (803) 787-0931

Business Representative

Alexis Williamson

Assitant Director

  • I would recommend this business

Columbia Arts Academy has exceeded my expectations which were already high, based on recommendations from friends. My son has the best time with Will and is learning so much! I would recommend CAA to anyone!

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Customer Testimonials

Columbia Arts Academy is a wonderful place to learn how to play an instrument. Staff are warm and welcoming, the building is very clean. I love the unlimited make-ups aspect. With kids getting sick, it's nice to know we will be able to make up classes at our convenience. My son's teacher is the best. My son really enjoys every lesson and learning to play the piano. I'm so glad we found them!

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!

When I saw a tv commercial for Academy, I thought it was time to stop wishing I could play guitar and start really learning. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made. The environment is positive, happy, and encouraging. Lessons are challenging and focused on the types of music I'm interested in learning. As a middle-aged female, I was worried I would be considered "weird" for wanting to learn rock music, but I quickly discovered there was nothing to worry about. Everyone I've encountered at the Academy is only interested in sharing their love of music and playing without any concern about how old you are. If you've always wanted to learn, or wished you were better at your instrument, don't put it off any longer! The Academy is a great place to learn!

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.

I decided to take lessons because I had zero knowledge but a book. While the book was wonderful it couldn't tell me where to put my hands and if my sound was coming out correctly. This essential knowledge is what I am getting.

Columbia Arts Academy has always been an amazing studio with a lot of classes to choose from and excellent well rounded teachers and staff. I will always recommend this studio to others who I know are interested in music. My cousin, Marty Fort, owns the studio and he along with his staff are always very friendly and welcoming and willing to work with everyone.

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Whether you aspire to play Bach or Alicia Keys, Columbia's dedicated piano instructors will help you become the pianist you want to be. Our faculty will introduce you to the fundamentals of sight reading, technique and theory, and incorporate your favorite songs into your lessons. You do not need a piano at home to take lessons; a simple full-size electronic keyboard will suffice for the first six months. Watch this video to learn more about our piano lessons. Our piano instructors are warm and friendly, and get to know each student and parent on a personal level.

If you've always wanted to hone your skills as a rock, pop, country, jazz, gospel or R&B singer, Columbia has the voice teacher for you. Our voice faculty focuses primarily on popular music. Each week, students are led through physical exercises to improve their vocal range, ear training, breath control, enunciation and more. Each student set goals with their teacher, either to sound like their favorite recording artist, or to develop their own unique voice. We also teach TV and radio personalities who want to enhance their speaking voices.

Our bass instructors teach rock, blues, metal, country and classical styles on both electric and acoustic basses. Beginners work on chords, simple songs and melodies, sight reading and theory. Each lesson will challenge you with a new technique or music theory, and ends with something fun - such as your favorite riff or song. We employ a variety of bass method books based on student needs and preferences, and encourage students to bring smartphones or CDs to their lessons to learn their favorite tunes.

At the Columbia Arts Academy, every state-of-the-art drum lesson room is equipped with Roland drum kits for our students. Our instructors teach rock, metal, jazz, funk, blues and many other styles of drumming, and challenge every student with technical exercises specifically designed to improve their speed and comfort. Beginning students need only their drumsticks and a notebook, and all that's needed for practice at home is an inexpensive drum pad. Drummers are encouraged to bring in their favorite drum parts to learn.