Lyrics and Melodies Workshops

Lyrics and Melodies is proud to provide workshops by local artists and musicians. Keep checking back to learn about upcoming workshops!


Alexander Technique- 3/17/18 12:00-2:00PM

Find out how The Alexander Technique can improve your playing, singing, acting, and general performance. Not a performer? You will still benefit from this workshop! This process shines a light on inefficient habits of movement and patterns of accumulated tension, which interferes with our innate ability to move easily. The Alexander Technique will help you feel more natural on stage and is a way of learning to move mindfully through life.  

$35 for performers (limited to 6) $20 for observers

*participants are high school age and older or by special exception

Instructor, Katherine Arthur received an M.A. in Voice from the University of California Santa Barbara, and is a certified Alexander Technique Teacher. She has been teaching voice at Cal Poly State University San Luis Obispo since 2002. Katherine also teaches singing classes through the San Luis Coastal Adult School, where she founded and presents recitals for the “Classical Sass” Scholarship Fundraising Concert Series. She has appeared as soloist with the Southwest Chamber Music Ensemble, Santa Barbara Oratorio Society, Cuesta Master Chorale, and Pacific Repertory Opera. International Music Festivals have featured her in Song Recitals, Oratorio, and Opera performances. She also sang on Austrian Radio, recorded a solo CD of Ernst Krenek songs with ORFEO records, and recently recorded a CD of songs by Dr. Kenneth Habib entitled “child in me”.

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Acting a song- 5/1/18 6:30-8:30

Sometimes, something is so important, mere words are not enough. You must sing. In this workshop, we will explore why you are singing. What just happened that is so life altering that singing is necessary? We will work to use the music, the lyrics, and the clues from the composer to change your performance. Those working on their feet will learn to use music tactically. You must be more than a vessel for sound. Expand your acting repertoire by attending this workshop!

 $35 for performers (limited to 6) $20 for observers

Instructor, Erik Stein is an Associate Artist and the casting director for PCPA and the recruitment coordinator for Pacific Conservatory Theatre.  He has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, National Tours, and Tony Award winning Regional Theatre. He has had the fortune to play roles such as Javert, TevyeShrekOfficer Lockstock, Doolittle, Frollo, and Captain Hook to name a few. He directed PCPA’s recent production of Freaky Friday, and he teaches Audition Techniques and the Business of Being and Actor in PCPA’s Acting Conservatory.


Yoga for Performers- 5/19/18 3:30-4:30pm

Taught by local performer and educator, Marissa Bloom, this workshop will focus on gentle yoga postures and breathing techniques to create greater strength and ease as a performer and singer: freeing the body from bad tension while simultaneously creating the structural foundation necessary to find your true vocal color. A large part of class will address stage fright, nerves, and adrenaline, providing specific breathing and postural practices which can help combat their effects on the voice and body. This workshop is for all levels of flexibility. No previous yoga experience is necessary. Please bring a mat or a firm woven blanket and loose clothing. Feel free to bring a notepad in case any of the practices resonate with you. 

$25 for all attendees

To Read more about the instructor, Marissa Bloom visit: or through her Yoga for Singers blog “Ain’t Over Until the Thin Lady Sings” at