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Founded by English G. Morris Jr. in 1976, Carolina Music Academy was created to provide its students with a truly positive and nurturing experience, while striving for the highest levels of musical excellence.

English Morris
CMA's curriculum, while challenging, is focused on giving the student the most well-rounded musical education and includes courses in music theory, private lessons, group classes such as music appreciation and group lessons. The academy also offers its students performance coaching. Even though Carolina Music Academy's primary focus is music lessons, this instruction provides the student valuable real world skills such as time management, prioritization, and focus and concentration.

When Academy President English Morris chooses his faculty, he seeks out teachers who aren't just focused on making a name for themselves. Mr. Morris's instructors are quality teachers whose true passion is imparting their musical experience and knowledge to their students through lessons.

Why Carolina Music Academy

At Carolina Music Academy, we have provided music lessons and valuable life skills for over thirty-five years. Our focus is truly on the student, providing an encouraging and relaxed atmosphere, while offering guidance to achieve true musical excellence, whatever the student's chosen musical style.

If Carolina Music Academy sounds like the musical education you're looking for, feel free to stop by, give us a call or send us an email. We'd love to hear from you.

About our Founder

English G. Morris, Jr., Professional Church Musician, Music Education Administrator, and business owner, is a native of Columbia, South Carolina. He earned an organ performance degree and studied graduate level music at The University of South Carolina, as well as studying theology and pastoral counseling at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, San Francisco, California.

Mr. Morris is President and Founder of Carolina Music Academy, a 43 year-old community music school and conservatory, and has been a lay professional in church music for more than four decades. He has been Minister of Music and Organist for the past 25 years at St. Martin's-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Columbia. He has twice served as Organist-in-Residence at York Minster Cathedral, York, England, and most recently completed a term as Visiting Organist at Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, England with the Charleston Southern University Concert Singers. Mr. Morris holds 2016, 2017, and 2018 Top Music Teacher Certificates from Steinway and Sons of New York.

Mr. Morris has also been a board member for both local and state music and business professional organizations as well as civic arts advocacy groups. He is a former and current Dean of the Columbia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. He is married to the former Harriet Jervey of Columbia, and together they have two daughters and two grandchildren. While traveling and listening to choirs are among Morris' s favorite pastimes, he also enjoys reading and fishing.