Our Teachers


All of our teachers are passionate about music and the development of children. They create a fun, informal, social setting that spurs engagement and supports each child's musical development.




photo Danielle McNamara

Danielle is a professional musician and full time vocal instructor and in her spare time she performs with many local theaters. She has been seen most recently performing at the San Luis Obispo Little Theatre in MY WAY, SOME ENCHANTED EVENING and in A CHORUS LINE. Danielle has directed for Kelrik Productions several times including THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE and THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW LIVE. She belongs to NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and ASCAP (American Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers), and she is a Resident Artist for the Children's Creative Project, as well as being a registered Music Together® teacher and Center Director for Mini Melodies. Danielle earned her BA in Theatre Arts with a minor in music from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.

photo Lacey McNamara

Lacey McNamara has been playing piano for over 25 years and has taught private piano lessons for 13 years. A 4th-generation McNamara in San Luis Obispo county, she has studied and performed with local talents such as Judy Harris, John Jaird, Debbie Lagomarsino, Anet Carlin, and Stephen Tosh. She has also been the rehearsal pianist, Kid's Drama Camp Music Coordinator, and Musical Director for several community theatre companies including Kelrik Productions and the San Luis Obispo Little Theatre. Her playing awarded her scholarships at Fresno State University, where she studied piano with Dr. Andres Werz, and at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she studied vocal performance under the instruction of Katherine Arthur. She received her AA in General studies, AA in CSU Transfer Studies, and AA in Business Administration from Cuesta College before earning her BA in Business Administration from University of La Verne. She currently teaches piano lessons out of her home in San Luis Obispo, accompanies the choirs for the Atascadero Junior High and High schools, and plays piano for the San Luis Coastal Adult School voice classes.

photo Taylor Peters

Taylor has been a Los Osos local for over 20 years. She is a graduate of PCPA's 2-Year Actor Training Program (Class of 2011) and earned her BFA in Musical Theatre Acting at Cornish College of the Arts (Class of 2017) in Seattle, WA. Recently she has performed in shows in both Washington and California, sang as a Soprano in the Seattle Symphony Chorale for the 2018 Season, and spent the past summer in Dresden, Germany with the Orfeo Vocal Arts Academy, singing in a series of concerts. Taylor found her home in the community theatre circuit as a teen and has performed in countless shows over the years with SLO Rep Theatre, Kelrik Productions, Pewter Plough Playhouse, and many more. She has taught many camps and classes with SLO Rep in the ACT program, as well as serving as Assistant Director, Vocal Coach, and Dialect Coach on several of ACT's staged productions. She has also taught in schools with Music Motive as a vocal/group singing instructor. Taylor has recently become a registered Music Together teacher, and loves the environment of education, fun, and parent-child bonding that the classes offer! 

photo Robin Patrick-Miernicki

Robin Patrick-Miernick grew up on the central coast.  While attending Cuesta College, she took Early Childhood Education classes and worked at a preschool.  Now, married with 3 daughters ages 5, 7, and 13,  music remains a very important part of her life.  She has been playing the djembe for about 10 years now, and drum for an African dance class in town.  She is so excited to combine two things she loves, children and music, to create a fun and magical environment where we all just get to let loose for a while and be silly.

photo Amanda Thayer (Substitute and Demo classes)

Amanda is a professional Children's Librarian and Actor. Amanda received her Master's Degree in Library and Information Studies with a focus on youth library services in 2016. Amanda has been an actor for over 10 years, recently performing at SLO Repertory Theatre in The Drowsy Chaperone and Guys and Dolls and The Great American Melodrama in The Tavern. She is also a Mini Melodies mom and can attest to the power of music and the joy it brings to little ones. Amanda has recently become a registered Music Together teacher. 

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