For a magical decade, I served as teacher, counselor, songwriter, and writing coach to a giant informal choir known as "Lessia's Crew." During this fabulous adventure, I stumbled upon the most amazing formula; I realized I could enlighten and empower my students by scribbling usable wisdom into songs that were addictively fun to sing. As my colorful crew became a "Santa Barbara Phenom!" (Montecito Journal,) we found ourselves recording in a lovely high end studio - my gifted students shining as lead singers. Fun perk; Justin Timberlake's drummer played drums for us! I live in pretty Sonoma now, and am happy to report that helping kids collect life insights still gets me giant hugs. "Your songs are saving my life!" I get that a lot. I love my work :-)
My aim is to get wisdom in the pockets of kids. Deep lyrics lead to critical thinking in a natural way. My students never feel as if I'm attempting to make a point with them - we're just observing the world together. We laugh a lot. And much of the time, we're writing. I'm addicted to words and share this passion with my students. As a highly trained songwriter and producer, it's easy for me to create ageless music that appeals to kids. My mission? To help kids find their most magical (and powerful) voices inside and out!
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 once, that was pretty awesome. My life has been full of surprises - I feel so blessed! One student chose my songs as her "Hero" for a classroom project. That made my LIFE! Working with Retta London on BR projects has been a joy and an honor. I've had songs featured in documentaries and won writing contests, but honestly... a hug from any student is the sweetest honor of all.
Lessia: USC's program for gifted students, Curtis Institute of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, Music Academy of the West, Dick Grove (contemp music) Dru: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and experienced in inquiry based learning, International Baccalaureate trained. Retta's bio - please visit her RCL store.
Sweet voices on these clue tunes include Jessie Bridges- daughter of actor, Jeff, Viva - daughter of Martin Gore of the band "Depeche Mode," and Rachel Sand, a young actor who shares a manager with Hilary Duff. Many parents sing with us on group background tracks. A talented dad plays sax for us.
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, Halloween, Winter, Spring, For All Subjects, Early Intervention