For a magical decade, I served as counselor and music teacher to a lively batch of young people known as "Lessia's Crew." During this fun adventure, I realized I could empower kids of all ages by placing useful life insights into songs that were addictively fun to sing. As our fun-loving choir evolved into a "Santa Barbara Phenom!" (Montecito Journal,) I began professionally recording my wisdom songs with my students as lead singers. Up in pretty Sonoma now, I'm happy to report that inspiring critical thinking and more self awareness through lyrics still gets me giant-sized hugs. "Your songs are saving my life!" I get that a lot. I love my work :-)
When lyrics dig deep - kids are captivated! What's more, powerful lyrics linger on and become new thinking. I'm in LOVE with words and share this happy addiction with my students. Every lyric line serves as a writing prompt. Although I'm a highly trained songwriter and producer, my main focus is on ELA, social skills, and helping kids discover their voices in every possible way.
We once received a fan letter from Susan Sarandon. She said she loved our music, then offered up her youngest son to be our bass player. How cute is that? A Beach Boy asked me write with him, that was pretty awesome. My life has been full of surprises - and I feel so blessed! One student chose my songs as her "Hero" for a classroom project. That made my LIFE! Teacher collabs: I was honored to have Dru Frick, a lovely SB teacher, offer to write simple lesson plans for my songs when I first joined TpT. Now I'm excited to be working with award-winning Retta London from Rainbow City Learning. Retta left me so much enthusiastic feedback, I finally asked if she'd like to co-create. We collaborate on ELA units now as "Bullyproof Rainbow." Also, please check our our new little art store called Awesome Sauce :-)
Lessia: USC's program for gifted students, San Francisco Conservatory, Music Academy of the West, Curtis Institute of Music, Dick Grove (contemp music) Dru: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and experienced in inquiry based learning, International Baccalaureate trained. For my BR Resources co-hort Retta, please visit Rainbow City Learning.
Voices on studio recordings include Jessie Bridges- daughter of actor, Jeff, Viva - daughter of Martin Gore of "Depeche Mode," and Rachel Sand, a young actor who shares a manager with Hilary Duff. I'm proud mom of two fun sons. My better half is a speaker engineer named Ted. Ted is Canadian. He loves ice cream :-)
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Specialty, Social Studies - History, Arts & Music, Other (Arts), Music, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Other (Music), Drama, Health, Other (Specialty), Other (ELA), Life Skills, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, School Counseling, Psychology, Character Education, Writing, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Winter, Spring, For All Subjects, Early Intervention