I served as music coach and informal counselor to a colorful teen choir for almost a decade. During this sweet adventure, I discovered I could empower my songbirds greatly by sprinkling life wisdoms into songs that were addictively fun to sing. Lectures are easily tuned out, but potent song lyrics gently broaden perspectives. After "Lessia's Crew" became "a Santa Barbara phenom!" (Montecito Journal,) my gifted students began recording our wisdom-packed tunes in a top notch studio. Backed by a band that included Justin Timberlake's drummer, the result was amazing. When I heard teachers were using my material in general ed, music, and choir classrooms, I organized our library officially to make it easier to share. I have since co-created ELA and music units based on our lyric themes that all include our recordings. Being a highly trained classical musician allows me the freedom to make every nuance count in my songs. Melodies teach kids to sing more fluidly. Lyrics help them live life more gracefully :-)
Bullyproof material is packed with reasons to be kind. Magic ingredients: humor, insight, depth, common sense. I am so proud of all the students that sing lead on our studio recordings. They rock my world. Here's hoping they rock yours!
An songbird wrote me recently: "I work at Google now. All my cohorts are stressed big-time. The company keeps handing employees mindfulness books to help them learn to relax, but I don't need anything. I'm totally relaxed because of all you taught me with your lyrics back in high school. Thanks so much!" #proudteachermoment! I was touched to tears when a student chose my songs as her "hero" for a classroom project. One of the Beach Boys asked me to write with him; that was pretty cool. Prize-winning BP songs have been featured on award-winning documentaries and films, but a hug from any student is always the best reward of all.
USC's program for gifted students, Curtis Institute of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, Music Academy of the West, Dick Grove (contemp). Unit cohorts: Dru Frick: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, experienced in inquiry based learning, International Baccalaureate trained. Retta London - see Rainbow City Learning. Aileen Miracle - see Aileen Miracle.
Voices on our studio tracks include Jessie Bridges - daughter of actor Jeff, and Viva - daughter of Martin from the band "Depeche Mode." I've co-produced with Alan Thicke (Growing Pains,) consulted for MTV rock bands, created and produced SBTV's "Enlightenment Stew." Being a mom has been my favorite adventure of all. My hubby and I live in Napa on a hill we share with deer - right above downtown. We absolutely appreciate each moment. I am Bullyproof is my way of giving back.
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