Our Teachers


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Lacey McNamara- Piano

Born and raised on the Central Coast, Lacey grew up in a very musical family. She started taking piano lessons when she was four years old and continued playing through college (and still does!) Her first experiences with theatre were sitting on her father’s trumpet case in the orchestra pit while he played for musicals with Pioneer Players. Over more than 20 years, she has been involved with nearly 100 theatrical productions with companies from Paso Robles to Santa Maria, serving as actor, volunteer, technician, stage manager, and music director. Lacey holds a BA in Business Administration from University of La Verne and is a certificated substitute teacher for the Atascadero School District. She accompanies the choirs at Atascadero Jr. High School and plays piano for Coastal Adult School voice classes.

For more information or to schedule your complimentary initial lesson, e-mail Lacey directly at: LyricsandMelodiesDL@gmail.com!

We are very fortunate to have Lacey as our Piano Teacher.  She is very accommodating and inspirational.  Thank you for believing in my daughter Abby.
— Sandra Ferreros

Danielle McNamara- Voice

Danielle is a professional musician and co-owns Lyrics and Melodies Studio in SLO, offering private instruction in Voice, Piano and numerous group music workshops. Acting credits include: My Way (San Luis Little Theatre), The Secret Garden (Pioneer Players), Sweeney Todd (Kelrik Productions), Some Enchanted Evening (San Luis Little Theatre), A Chorus Line (San Luis Little Theatre). Directing credits include: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Kelrik Productions), The Rocky Horror Show Live (Kelrik Productions), Arsenic and Old Lace (Sorcerer Productions), Opus (Ubu’s Other Shoe), 4000 Miles (Ubu’s Other Shoe) and assistant director on Avenue Q (Kelrik Productions) and A Christmas Story (San Luis Little Theatre). She is a Resident Artist for the Children’s Creative Project, as well as being a registered Music Together® teacher and owner of Mini Melodies offering parent/child group music classes. Danielle earned her BA in Theatre Arts with a minor in music from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.

 For more information or to schedule your complimentary initial lesson, e-mail Danielle directly at: LyricsandMelodiesDL@gmail.com!

Its very freeing to have a well “oiled” instrument and to know that my vocal cords are working in a healthy way. Danielle is a wealth of vocal knowledge on all levels and it shows in her work with her students!
— Tabatha S. Skanes

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Matthew White- Guitar

Matthew has been part of the Central Coast music scene for over 20 years. He began professional training for guitar as a student of Dorian Michael in 1998. He was initially brought up in the blues and early rock and roll traditions, studying such early pioneers as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Link Wray, Paul Burlinson, T-Bone Walker, and others. Since then, he has gigged with numerous cover groups as well as his original roots rock and roll/rockabilly/surf hybrid band The Ballistic Cats at almost all of the county’s usual venues. Matthew has also been involved in a number of recording projects, both with his own band, and with other well-known central coast groups such as The Cadillac Angels. Matthew thinks good technique, a firm grasp of theory, and practice are the secrets to playing guitar well. 

My 8-year-old daughter has been really enjoying her guitar lessons with Matthew.. Matthew is an extremely kind and patient teacher. He works with beginners and children very well. He does a wonderful job of helping my daughter see what she is capable of doing and helps her build confidence and technique each week.
— -Erin E, Private Guitar Parent


vincent lemos - Improv for actors

Central Coast Native, Vincent Lemos, has been an active participant in improv for the past five years. He most recently was the coach for the improv team, Actors Under Pressure, a small team based in San Luis Obispo. Before that, he was one of the founding members and longtime team managers for Arroyo Grande High School's improv team, Grin and Bare It. Currently, Vincent is going into his second year of acting training at PCPA. You may have seen Vincent in a number of productions at San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre (formerly San Luis Obispo Little Theatre) and recently in PCPA's recent production of Shakespeare In Love.