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Strand Studios has been recognized as a Safe Music School from the National Safe Music Schools Organization. We are the first and only school in the area to have received this recognition! If you're new to us as a new student (or a new parent, teacher, etc.), please check out our safety protocol video to learn what we are doing to keep students, staff, & teachers safe!
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We teach music lessons, acting classes, film classes, preschool music, and more!
12 Reasons why Strand Studios is your #1 choice for music and acting:
Technologically Advanced Facilities
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Our students enjoy over 1,000 sq. ft. of Hackettstown’s most advanced music lesson rooms.
Each studio is soundproofed and stocked with everything our students need, from pianos, keyboards and full drum kits with pads to amps and stereos. Parents can sit in on their child's lesson, watch through large observation windows, or relax in our spacious and comfortable parent’s lounge with WiFi, magazines, toys for kids and bottled water.
Meet the Directors
Welcome to Strand! Conceived by Prof Chris Lance for learning and fun in music and arts. Whether for your own personal enjoyment or pursing a career in the industry, Strand Studios is the right place for you! Chris started his musical journey with drums at the age of four. He added guitar in second grade, trumpet in third grade, piano in fifth grade, and so forth. Chris holds a Masters in Music Technology, a Bachelors in Music Education and certificates in music business, music performance, and audio engineering. He is an accomplished music teacher, music director, recording artist, choir director, and performer. In addition, Chris studied at Bergen College, the Lee Strasberg Institute, and the Sanford Meisner method privately. He is an accomplished film, stage actor, and director. In addition, Chris owns and directs for his independent film company, Paladin Knight Pictures and directs play for the local troupe, The Strand Performance Group. Alison holds an Associates degree in Music, a certificate in Music Theory, a certificate in Piano Pedagogy, and a certificate in Social Media Marketing. She is currently finishing up her bachelors degree in Music Education. Alison began her music eduction in elementary school with recorder, voice, saxophone, and piano. Alison is an accomplished musician, teacher, and performer.
Chris Lance, Founder and President 
Alison Ervin, Office Manager and co-owner
BIANNUAL STUDENT SHOWCASE
Our Students love performing on the Stage!
Twice a year, we present our Red Carpet recitals in our professional recital hall for our music students. The hall is equipped with a Yamaha G3 baby grand piano, professional sound system, and lighting board. Our acting and musical theatre classes also perform in our recital hall after each semester. ***Recitals are not required, for those who would prefer not to participate.”**
Upcoming Events
Summer Mini Break | Closed
We will be closed for online and in person lessons from Monday, August 30th - Monday, September 6th. Lessons resume Tuesday, September 7th.
August 30th - Septmeber 6th, 2021
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IT'S EASY TO TAKE THE FIRST STEP.
Ready to start? You have nothing to lose.
Sign up is easy and parent-friendly, with helpful staff at the front desk seven days a week to serve you. Because we only offer lessons on a month-to-month basis, there are no complicated contracts, no annual material or performance fees, and no long term minimums.
1. Piano/Keyboard, Guitar, Drums/Percussion, Voice/Singing, Bass, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Baritone, Recorder, Harmonica, Harp, Xylophone, Acting, Film, String Ensemble, Music Production, KiddyKeys in ONE location! We are the only school in North Western, New Jersey that offers all of these popular instruments and classes in one location. 2. The largest and most qualified teaching faculty We have 11 music & acting teachers, all with college training and/or professional performance experience. Our teachers are dedicated to learning about your personal musical goals and helping you to achieve them. We have several teachers for every instrument and we are confident that we have the right teacher to meet your music lesson needs. We are the only school in the area to have several NJ State DOE Certified Teachers on staff. Want to join or start a band? Want to play/sing in your churches praise team or choir? Want to audition for your high school musical? Want to prepare for a college music program? Want to learn for fun? 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 six days a week! We are the only music school in North Western NJ that offers music lessons six days a week from early in the morning to late at night to accommodate your busy schedule. 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays. 4. A proven track record of excellence since 2016. Visit our testimonial page to see what our students are saying. Strand Studios has a proven track record of offering quality music and acting lessons/classes year round. We have been trusted by lessons by over 1,000 families in the past 5 years. 5. A comfortable parent's lounge for our clients. We have the most spacious and parent friendly waiting area Our clients enjoy a spacious, professional parent's lounge 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 or class while you wait. Or if you prefer you can sit in on their lesson anytime you like. 6. The most technologically advanced and fully stocked music lesson rooms in North Western NJ! Our rooms are stocked with everything you need for music and acting lessons, including amps, stereos, full drum kits with pads, keyboards, pianos and more. All you need to bring is your instrument. We also offer soundproofing and large observation windows. Technology is also a big part of lessons at the Strand Studios and we have installed LED monitors in every lesson room. The monitors have cables that can attach to pones, iPads, or laptops. This allows students to have a modern and engaging lesson using music teaching apps, music software, Zoom, and more. One of the things that has really set up apart is our focus on providing lessons that are fresh, new, and engaging. There are so many great teaching apps out there now that we felt we had to update our teaching rooms with LED monitors. By doing so, our students have never run the risk of being bored by their lessons. We're providing a cutting edge lesson experience in the Hackettstown area. 7. Free music recitals with NO participation fees! We are one of the only music schools in North Western NJ that offers free recitals with a baby grand piano in a professional recital hall. Every parent just wants to know how their child is doing & if they are really progressing. The best way for a parent to understand if their investment in lessons is really worth it, is to have their child participate in a recital. In June and December many of our students choose to perform in our biannual recitals. We even provide a red carpet and step and repeat banner to make it fun! 8. Early morning and lunch time lessons for preschoolers, home schoolers, retirees, college students and working professionals. Since we are the largest school in our area of New Jersey, we are able to be a 'full service' music school. This allows us to offer lessons as early as 8 a.m. and we see many students during daytime hours. If you are a preschool parent, home school parent, retiree, college student or working professional who has a flexible schedule, take advantage of our early morning and lunch time lesson spots. 9. Located on Main Street, in the heart of Hackettstown. Due to its central location, our school is convenient to all areas of Hackettstown. Close to our school, you will find great shopping, dining and the quaint neighborhood of Hackettstown. Our location is convenient to and we have many students from Hackettstown, Long Valley, Washington, Oxford, Hope, Blairstown, Allamuchy, Mansfield, Port Murray, Lebanon, Knowlton, Phillipsburg, Harmony, Budd Lake, Mount Olive, Ledgewood, Roxbury, Mendham, Chester, Netcong, Califon, Stanhope, Andover, and more. Because we also offer lessons online, students all around the county can now study with Strand Studios. We have students studying with us as far away as Texas, Arizona, California, England, and Asia!. 10. Picture Day We are the only music school in Northern NJ that offers a picture day for their students. Every Spring and Fall we host a free picture day with professional photographer. This is a service that our student's parents love as they all want quality photos of their children. Adults are welcome too! Students can bring their instruments to the photo shoot and wear whatever they like. 11. Month to Month lessons. Strand Studios does not require semester minimums for lessons. Every student here is on a month-to-month basis. To discontinue lessons, we just need 30 days' written notice. 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. 12. Family Safety Plan Every lesson room has a clear glass observation window. Each teacher has been background checked Parents are welcome to sit in on any lesson, any time
Summer Camps
We have several summer camps throughout July and August. More information on summer camps can be found HERE.
July and August 2021
Spring Recital | Music Students
Our biannual Spring recital for our music students will be held on June 27th, 2021. All students are welcome to participate. Please turn in videos by June 20th, 2021.
June 27, 2021
Memorial Day | Closed
We will be closed for online and in person lessons on Monday, May 31st, 2021. Be safe and enjoy.
May 31, 2021
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Offering high quality music lessons, acting classes, film classes, preschool music, ensemble classes, and more!
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181 Main Street (2nd Floor) Hackettstown, NJ 07480
Lesson & Office Hours
Mon-Thurs
By appointment, 9am - 9pm
Fridays
By appointment, 9am - 7:30pm
Saturdays
By appointment, 9am - 5:00pm
Sundays
Closed
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Strand Studios has been recognized as a Safe Music School from the National Safe Music Schools Organization. We are the first and only school in the area to have received this recognition! If you're new to us as a new student (or a new parent, teacher, etc.), please check out our safety protocol video to learn what we are doing to keep students, staff, & teachers safe!
We teach music lessons, acting classes, film classes, preschool music, and more!
12 Reasons why Strand Studios is your #1 choice for music and acting:
Technologically Advanced Facilities
TAKE A TOUR
Meet the Directors
Welcome to Strand! Conceived by Prof Chris Lance for learning and fun in music and arts. Whether for your own personal enjoyment or pursing a career in the industry, Strand Studios is the right place for you! Chris started his musical journey with drums at the age of four. He added guitar in second grade, trumpet in third grade, piano in fifth grade, and so forth. Chris holds a Masters in Music Technology, a Bachelors in Music Education and certificates in music business, music performance, and audio engineering. He is an accomplished music teacher, music director, recording artist, choir director, and performer. In addition, Chris studied at Bergen College, the Lee Strasberg Institute, and the Sanford Meisner method privately. He is an accomplished film, stage actor, and director. In addition, Chris owns and directs for his independent film company, Paladin Knight Pictures and directs play for the local troupe, The Strand Performance Group. Alison holds an Associates degree in Music, a certificate in Music Theory, a certificate in Piano Pedagogy, and a certificate in Social Media Marketing. She is currently finishing up her bachelors degree in Music Education. Alison began her music eduction in elementary school with recorder, voice, saxophone, and piano. Alison is an accomplished musician, teacher, and performer.
Chris Lance, Founder and President 
Alison Ervin, Office Manager and co-owner
BIANNUAL STUDENT SHOWCASE
Our Students love performing on the Stage!
Twice a year, we present our Red Carpet recitals in our professional recital hall for our music students. The hall is equipped with a Yamaha G3 baby grand piano, professional sound system, and lighting board. Our acting and musical theatre classes also perform in our recital hall after each semester. ***Recitals are not required, for those who would prefer not to participate.”**
Upcoming Events
Summer Mini Break | Closed
We will be closed for online and in person lessons from Monday, August 30th - Monday, September 6th. Lessons resume Tuesday, September 7th.
August 30th - Septmeber 6th, 2021
News at the Academy
Acting Classes Music Lessons
Summer Camps
We have several summer camps throughout July and August. More information on summer camps can be found HERE. July and August 2021
April 3rd, 2021
Spring Recital | Music Students
Our biannual Spring recital for our music students will be held on June 27th, 2021. All students are welcome to participate. Please turn in videos by June 20th, 2021.
June 27, 2021 - Virtual
Memorial Day | Closed
We will be closed for online and in person lessons on Monday, May 31st, 2021. Be safe and enjoy.
May 31, 2021
Testimonials
1. Piano/Keyboard, Guitar, Drums/Percussion, Voice/Singing, Bass, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Baritone, Recorder, Harmonica, Harp, Xylophone, Acting, Film, String Ensemble, Music Production, KiddyKeys in ONE location! We are the only school in North Western, New Jersey that offers all of these popular instruments and classes in one location. 2. The largest and most qualified teaching faculty We have 11 music & acting teachers, all with college training and/or professional performance experience. Our teachers are dedicated to learning about your personal musical goals and helping you to achieve them. We have several teachers for every instrument and we are confident that we have the right teacher to meet your music lesson needs. Want to join or start a band? Want to play/sing in your churches praise team or choir? Want to audition for your high school musical? Want to prepare for a college music program? Want to learn for fun? 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 six days a week! We are the only music school in North Western NJ that offers music lessons six days a week from early in the morning to late at night to accommodate your busy schedule. 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays. 4. A proven track record of excellence since 2016. Visit our testimonial page to see what our students are saying. Strand Studios has a proven track record of offering quality music and acting lessons/classes year round. We have been trusted by lessons by over 1,000 families in the past 5 years. 5. A comfortable parent's lounge for our clients. We have the most spacious and parent friendly waiting area Our clients enjoy a spacious, professional parent's lounge 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 or class while you wait. Or if you prefer you can sit in on their lesson anytime you like. 6. The most technologically advanced and fully stocked music lesson rooms in North Western NJ! Our rooms are stocked with everything you need for music and acting lessons, including amps, stereos, full drum kits with pads, keyboards, pianos and more. All you need to bring is your instrument. We also offer soundproofing and large observation windows. Technology is also a big part of lessons at the Strand Studios and we have installed LED monitors in every lesson room. The monitors have cables that can attach to pones, iPads, or laptops. This allows students to have a modern and engaging lesson using music teaching apps, music software, Zoom, and more. One of the things that has really set up apart is our focus on providing lessons that are fresh, new, and engaging. There are so many great teaching apps out there now that we felt we had to update our teaching rooms with LED monitors. By doing so, our students have never run the risk of being bored by their lessons. We're providing a cutting edge lesson experience in the Hackettstown area. 7. Free music recitals with NO participation fees! We are one of the only music schools in North Western NJ that offers free recitals with a baby grand piano in a professional recital hall. Every parent just wants to know how their child is doing & if they are really progressing. The best way for a parent to understand if their investment in lessons is really worth it, is to have their child participate in a recital. In June and December many of our students choose to perform in our biannual recitals. We even provide a red carpet and step and repeat banner to make it fun! 8. Early morning and lunch time lessons for preschoolers, home schoolers, retirees, college students and working professionals. Since we are the largest school in our area of New Jersey, we are able to be a 'full service' music school. This allows us to offer lessons as early as 8 a.m. and we see many students during daytime hours. If you are a preschool parent, home school parent, retiree, college student or working professional who has a flexible schedule, take advantage of our early morning and lunch time lesson spots. 9. Located on Main Street, in the heart of Hackettstown. Due to its central location, our school is convenient to all areas of Hackettstown. Close to our school, you will find great shopping, dining and the quaint neighborhood of Hackettstown. Our location is convenient to and we have many students from Hackettstown, Long Valley, Washington, Oxford, Hope, Blairstown, Allamuchy, Mansfield, Port Murray, Lebanon, Knowlton, Phillipsburg, Harmony, Budd Lake, Mount Olive, Ledgewood, Roxbury, Mendham, Chester, Netcong, Califon, Stanhope, Andover, and more. Because we also offer lessons online, students all around the county can now study with Strand Studios. We have students studying with us as far away as Texas, Arizona, California, Europe, and Asia! 10. Picture Day We are the only music school in Northern NJ that offers a picture day for their students. Every Spring and Fall we host a free picture day with professional photographer. This is a service that our student's parents love as they all want quality photos of their children. Adults are welcome too! Students can bring their instruments to the photo shoot and wear whatever they like. 11. Month to Month lessons. Strand Studios does not require semester minimums for lessons. Every student here is on a month-to-month basis. To discontinue lessons, we just need 30 days' written notice. 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. 12. Family Safety Plan Every lesson room has a clear glass observation window. Each teacher has been background checked Parents are welcome to sit in on any lesson, any time
Technologically Advanced Facilities
Our students enjoy over 1,000 sq. ft. of Hackettstown’s most advanced music lesson rooms.
Each studio is soundproofed and stocked with everything our students need, from pianos, keyboards and full drum kits with pads to amps and stereos. Parents can sit in on their child's lesson, watch through large observation windows, or relax in our spacious and comfortable parent’s lounge with WiFi, magazines, toys for kids and bottled water.
Open for In-Person and Online Lessons/Classes!
IT'S EASY TO TAKE THE FIRST STEP.
Offering high quality music lessons, acting classes, film classes, preschool music, ensemble classes, and more! Contact 181 Main Street (2nd Floor) Hackettstown, NJ 07840 908-850-0200 contact@strandstudios.us
Lesson & Office Hours
Mon-Thurs
By appointment, 9am - 9pm
Fridays
By appointment, 9am - 7:30pm
Saturdays
By appointment, 9am - 5:00pm
Sundays
Closed
Our Other Adventures
Copyright © Paladin Knight Entertainment, LLC (DBA Strand Studios) 2021
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