I served as musical coach, choir director and songwriting producer to a colorful teen choir known as "Lessia's Crew" for many years. During this fun adventure, I penned songs with insightful lyrics to help my songbirds cope with emotional challenges of all kinds. My gifted teens eventually recorded our songs in a professional studio. Backed by an amazing band that included Justin Timerlake's drummer, we had a blast and learned so much. It melts my heart that the songs and materials I created for my own students are now helping many other young people discover their own voices.
Humor, heart, 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 special. Most of 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.
USC's program for gifted students, Curtis Institute of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, Music Academy of the West, Dick Grove Contemporary School of Music. Lesson collaborators: 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
Lead vocals on these tracks include the voice of Jessie Bridges - daughter of actor, Jeff, and Viva Gore - daughter of Martin of the band Depeche Mode. I co-produced with Alan Thicke RIP and worked in the studio with his teen son as well. BP material was featured in a social justice documentary previewed at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. I produced the popular SBTV show, "Enlightenment Stew," often inviting my songbirds on to sing and pontificate. Being a mom to amazing sons has been my favorite adventure. 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