I served as musical coach, informal counselor, and chorus leader to an informal teen pop choir known as "Lessia's Crew" for an amazing decade. During this time, as I worked with my kids, I also penned songs to help them cope with social and emotional challenges they faced daily. We eventually studio recorded our 'wisdom-songs' in a top notch studio with the support of a pro band that included Justin Timberlake's drummer. Our library, once created to help my own teens deal with issues, is now helping other young people of all ages. We couldn't be more thrilled! Since joining TpT, I've co-created for general education and music classrooms with Retta London (Rainbow City Learning) and Aileen Miracle with the goal of supporting SEL and ELA learning to its fullest. And may we all live in harmony! :-)
Humor, warmth, and a deep respect for wisdom.
I was humbled when a tween chose my songs as her "hero" for a big school project. "Your songs changed the way I see the world!" One of the Beach Boys asked me to write with him. That was obviously special. Most my "honors" are so random and quirky, they're hard to explain. A while back, a TV series was slated to be written based on our songs and story. It could still happen. *fingers crossed* I'd love to opportunity to help more and more kids learn to be fearless and open-hearted in their lives.
USC's program for gifted students, Curtis Institute of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, Music Academy of the West, Dick Grove Contemporary School of Music. Classroom Lesson co-horts: 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
"Crew" lead vocals include Jessie Bridges - daughter of actor, Jeff, and Viva "Depeche Mode" Gore - daughter of Martin. I co-produced with Alan Thicke - so endearing to work in the studio with his teen son also. A song of mine was featured in a protest documentary featured at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. I produced the SBTV show, "Enlightenment Stew," often inviting teens I was writing for on our series. Being mom to amazing sons has been, hands down, my favorite adventure. Super blessed in my life, Bullyproof is my way of giving back.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Specialty, Social Studies - History, Arts & Music, Music, Music Composition, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Other (Music), Drama, Health, Other (Specialty), Other (Social Studies - History), Life Skills, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, School Counseling, Psychology, Character Education, Writing, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Winter, For All Subjects, School Psychology, Close Reading, Classroom Community