The Curry Coastal Pilot

People of all ages interested in learning a musical instrument, or

giving music lessons as a Christmas gift, are invited to an open house

and music workshop in Brookings Saturday hosted by Stagelights Musical

Arts Community.

The nonprofit organization is hosting the event, scheduled for 1 to 4

p.m. at 617 Chetco Ave. (south of the Redwood Theater), to celebrate

the opening of its new music studios.

"We are so happy to have a new home for Stagelights, and a place to

host our lesson program," said Ted Erdahl, Stagelights' newest board

member and lesson program coordinator.

Those who sign up for lessons Saturday will receive the introductory offer of $75 for a month's worth of lessons (a $25 savings). Those who sign up will also be eligible to win one of two door prizes: a $50 Fred Meyer gift card or a free haircut from Reflections salon. Everyone who attends the open house, whether they sign up for lessons or not, will be eligible to win one free month of lessons.

Scholarships are available for prospective students who are otherwise unable to pay the full amount for lessons.

Stagelights' lesson program has 10 instructors teaching piano, guitar, bass, banjo, trumpet, drums, harmonica and vocals, Erdahl said.

During the open house, starting at 1:30 p.m., instructors will introduce themselves, explain their style of teaching and play their instruments. Prospective students will have an opportunity to meet the instructors and sign up for lessons.

From 2:30 to 4 p.m., several instructors will host 20- to 30-minute workshops for guitar, piano and vocals, Erhdal said.

Stagelights is a non-profit organization formed in October, 2009, with a mission to provide and promote music education, enjoyment and enrichment to people of all ages, and to act as a communal center for established and aspiring musicians in Curry and Del Norte counties.

For more information about Stagelights visit or Facebook, or call 541-251-3952.