I served as musical coach, chorus leader, informal counselor, and songwriting producer to a colorful teen choir known as "Lessia's Crew" for a magical decade. During this sweet time, I penned songs to help my songbirds gain insight on challenges they faced daily. My choir kids eventually recorded our SEL focused material in a top notch studio backed by a fun band that included Justin Timberlake's drummer. It melts my heart that the library of material that so empowered my own students is now teaching other young people to be more self aware, more kind towards others, and more caring about the world. Insightful lyrics can teach so much!
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