Melodies Unleashed: Canal Music Studios Unveiled

Pictured Above: Canal Music Studios Ribbon Cutting! Photo Credit: Contributed. 



Stockton, NJ – Canal Music Studios cut the ribbon earlier this month and opened its doors with local business leaders, township officials, students, teachers, and donors in attendance. Cutting the ribbon with Founder Adrienne Walsh was Board President of the Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra, David DeFreese and donor Dr. Rajani Walsh. An informative tour and refreshments immediately followed with live music on the violin by the school’s former student and 2022 Jim Hamilton scholarship winner Coco Smith.

Canal Music Studios, located initially in Lambertville, NJ, moved to the new Stockton location on 16 Bridge Street in response to Hurricane Ida and the devastating flooding. The new Stockton, NJ, location is approximately 2,000 square feet, offering an array of in-house, state-of-the-art instruments from piano to drums, and is ideally situated in the tranquil borough of Stockton. With its new home, the organization will offer more classes, more space, and new programming. Future students of all ages are encouraged to visit the new facility.

Pictured Above: Canal Music Studios Student Coco Brown. Photo Credit: Contributed. 

Stockton Mayor Aaron Lipson stated: “We welcome Canal Music Studios to the borough of Stockton. Adrienne has already become an important part of the Stockton community, and we look forward to how their school will add to the vibrancy of our borough. We have a long and significant history of celebrating music and musicians in Stockton, and having the studio open just feet from Rogers and Hart’s “small hotel with a wishing well” is a great way to continue that tradition. We’re thrilled that Canal Music Studios will continue to train musicians who contribute to the artistic landscape of our area.”

Pictured Above: L-R: Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra’s Board President David DeFreese & Artistic Director, Dr. Jessica Morel, Canal Music Studios Founder Adrienne Walsh, Donor Dr. Rajani Walsh, supporter, Maureen Shuster, and Stockton Council President Mike Mann. Photo Credit: Contributed. 

Canal Music Studios programming will include in-person and virtual options for summer camps, private lessons for all ages, group classes in music theory and composition, master classes, instrumental group classes for ages 8 – 85+, Chamber Music, and Jazz/Rock Ensembles and Workshops.

Canal Music Studios (CMS), founded in 2013 by a classical violinist and a blues pianist is an organization of over 15 professional musicians. Now located in Stockton, NJ, in a new 2,000- square-foot home, CMS houses a variety of onsite, state-of-the-art instruments, offering highquality music education to a growing student body of 200 community members of all ages and abilities. Teaching the love and craft of music of any style, CMS also stages recitals and concerts throughout the year, while presenting professional performance opportunities by arrangements with other music organizations, rock clubs, and competitions. Music is fun. It is special. It is thrilling; music is connecting. Learn more at:

Pictured Above: One of the Canal Music Studios Piano lesson rooms. Photo Credit: Contributed. 

Pictured Above: Canal Studios gathering music room. Photo Credit: Contributed. 

Pictured Above: The community gathering in preparation of the music school’s reopening ribbon-cutting ceremony. Photo Credit: Contributed. 

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