I served as coach and counselor to an awesome choir known as "Lessia's Crew" for many years. During this time, I learned I could empower kids greatly by sprinkling mature wisdom into songs that were oodles of fun to sing. After "Lessia's Crew" became "a Santa Barbara phenom!" (Montecito Journal,) we began recording our songs in a top notch studio backed by a full band. The result was a magical library of material proven to speak to all kids - not just Crew! Taking it up a notch, I've now created behavior units with general ed teachers who've successfully used my material in their classrooms - and also song kits for music teachers.
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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 super awesome. BP songs have been featured on award-winning documentaries and films, but a hug from any student is always the best reward of all. Oh, and one of my favs: Recently an alumni Crew kid wrote me: I work up Google now. They keep handing us mindfulness books, but I don't need anything. I'm chill because of the wisdom you taught me with your songs back in the day!" Hearing that is my reward!
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. Aileen Miracle - see Aileen Miracle.
Featured voices on our tunes include that of Jessie Bridges - daughter of actor Jeff, and Viva - daughter of Martin from "Depeche Mode." I've 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