For a magical decade, I served as music coach and counselor to a colorful choir called "Lessia's Crew." During our sweet adventure, I noticed I could empower kids greatly by sprinkling useful life insights into songs that were fun to sing. After "Lessia's Crew" became "a Santa Barbara phenom!" (Montecito Journal,) we began recording our wisdom tunes in a top notch studio - backed by an awesome full band. The result was a magical library of material that has proven to speak to all kids - not just Crew. I've now co-created behavior units with general ed teachers who've used my material successfully themselves. I also have song kits for choir teachers, and music lessons for music teachers - all grades covered too :-)!!
Kids may hate lectures, but they adore lyrics that teach them about life. Music teachers might notice most BP melodies are structured to help kids sing fluidly. General ed teachers might notice their kids are behaving better since they learned the song, "Whatever." After all; whatever feels better!
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. And then this: Recently an alumni Crew teen wrote me: "I work at Google now. They keep handing everyone mindfulness books to help them relax, but I don't need anything. I'm chill because of all the songs you taught me. No stressing for me!" Be still my heart.
USC's program for gifted students, Curtis Institute of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, Music Academy of the West, Dick Grove (contemp). Lesson cohorts: Dru Frick: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, experienced in inquiry based learning, International Baccalaureate trained. Retta London - see Rainbow City Learning - also TpT. Aileen Miracle - see Aileen Miracle - also TpT.
Featured voices on our tunes include that of Jessie Bridges - daughter of actor Jeff, and Viva - daughter of Martin from the English 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 to two tall sons has been my favorite adventure of all.
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