August 2019  FAA Newsletter

Why Wristbands and Certificates?

When I was just starting out as a piano teacher, my little

students would look up at me curiously and ask, “Miss Marla,

when will I be ‘done’ learning piano?” And I would want to say,

“NEVER! You always keep learning! You’re never ‘done!’” Even

though I was young, I knew this was not the right answer. I realized that these students needed benchmarks. The process of

learning is long. The journey feels unending (especially when

you are 7!) That’s why we have the Musical Ladder System.

The Musical Ladder System shows kids mile markers that they

are striving for. Every 90 days, they are given a challenge,

which displays their progress and understanding of what they

have been working on and have Learned over the last three

months. Kids feel great pride and ownership when they pass

their next level. They can hold something tangible in their

hands that says “I’m progressing! I’m learning! I’m doing this!”

We believe everyone learns at their own pace and in their own

way. That’s why each test is carefully created for the individual

student. We do not have a central curriculum--we tailor each

lesson to the individual student. Personality styles, learning

styles, and age all play a role in how quickly a student will

grasp various skills.

The teachers at Forte Academy of the Arts are carefully chosen to teach at our school. They know that each student is an

individual! We all LOVE one-on-one lessons because we can

give each student our full attention for the full lesson. There is

nothing more powerful than that!

The students at our school eagerly ask, “When’s my next

challenge?!” Now, when have you ever seen kids EXCITED

about a test or challenge before? This is what tells me that

The Musical Ladder System is working!

Ask YOUR teacher about The Musical Ladder System! As

you climb the ladder, you’ll see your progress and celebrate your wins!

Not a student yet? We are quickly reaching capacity and

our waiting lists are growing for certain days and teachers. Please give us a call or email or text to get going with YOUR musical journey!

Celebrating Student Achievement 


The Musical Ladder System®

Forte Academy of the Arts is the only music school in North County 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®. 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.

More importantly when our students have a test coming up, they practice more, their parents are proud, their teachers are proud, and everybody wins! I love the Musical Ladder System!!!! Begin your journey today! Practice every day. Study for your upcoming challenge and earn wristbands, certificates and cool trophies!

Student of the Month:  Lorelei M!


is 14 and attends Rancho Buena Vista High School. She has been taking voice and guitar lessons at Forte Academy for 15 months and says she really likes her teachers, Ms. Sheryl and Mr. Austin. She also enjoys drawing and playing guitar and singing at local places in town when her dad speaks.

​​Pet of the Month:  Meet Sonny!


Christian’s dog enjoying guitar practice.

-Lee M.

Email us info about your pet to be entered for our studio pet of the month at:

REFERRAL CONTEST!  Thank you so much for making us the largest school in North County! We love our Forte families and can tell you love your music school because you are telling everyone about us. 


Congratulations to the Ueda Family!  Winners of the $1,000.00 Grand Prize! 

Refer a student to FORTE ACADEMY and if they sign up both you and the student you refer get your names entered into our Grand Prize Drawing!

If your friends sign up, we'll give you a free $25 gift card for either Amazon or Target or Regal Cinemas and we'll enter BOTH of you in the drawing for our Grand Prize drawing!  Tell your friends to check us out at 
It's that easy! There’s no maximum number of entries. The more you refer, the GREATER your chances of winning!

Special Thanks to the Families who Referred this Month:

Wright, Pannier, Rodriguez, Mendoza, Mata, Araneta, Esquivel, Bilbo






Laksha R.

Mackenzie F.

Nathalia H.

Alessandra H.

Tytus T.

Lucas T.

Tabitha J.

Zyla V.

Aaron A.

Anahi A.

Stephanie O.

Hakan J.

Alfredo O.

Lucy R.

Marco H.

Leiya P.

Christian P.

Layla H.

Grace D.



Many teachers have sold out or only have 1 or 2 spots available.  If you need a schedule change or would like to be added to a waiting list for a particular teacher, day or time, please contact any of our office staff team and they can add you to the waiting list.  If you are not a student yet there are still limited lesson spots available. To inquire about openings, send an email to

Matt          Wed 4:30 pm
                    Sat 11:30 am
Katie           Tues 3:30 pm
                    Fri 5:00 pm
Sheryl         Mon 4:30pm
                    Wed 5:30pm
Austin        Mon 3:00 pm
                    Fri 6:00 pm
Tyler           Wed 5:00 pm
Alexis         Wed 3:00 pm
                    Fri 3:00 pm
Susie          Mon 6:00 pm
                    Wed 5:30 pm

Lisa            Wed 5:30 pm
                    Thur 5:00 pm

Sam         Tue 6:00 pm
                    Thur 5:30 pm
Marin          Tues 3:00 pm
                    Tues 5:45 pm

Not yet a student?

It's easy to take the next step.
Lessons are first come, first served,
so give us a call today!
(760) 622-6336


August Master-Classes:

Saturday, August 10th at 10:00 a.m.

Saturday, August 24th at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, August 29th at 7:00 p.m.


September Master-Classes:

Saturday, September 14th at 10:00 a.m.

Saturday, September 28th at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, September 26th at 7:00 p.m.

Offering quality Guitar lessonVoice lessonsSinging lessonsBass lessonsDru​m lessonsViolin lessonsPiano lessons,

and Art Lessons serving San Marcos, Carlsbad, Escondido, Oceanside, Vista, and North San Diego County, CA. 

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