For many years, I served as happy ringleader to a popular all-city Santa Barbara choir known as "Lessia's Crew." During this magical adventure, I stumbled upon a fabulous formula; I discovered I could inspire students to think more deeply and behave more empathetically by sprinkling mature life wisdom into intelligently crafted, addictively fun to sing songs!. As our crew became "a phenom!" (Montecito Journal,) we began recording in a fancy studio - my students shining as lead singers. Justin Timberlake's drummer, Bucket, recorded with us- we had a blast! I'm in northern CA now - still helping kids collect life wisdoms. "Your songs are saving my life!" I get that a lot. I love my work :-)
Kids hate lectures, but easily soak in lyrics that empower them with a clue. As a highly trained songwriter, music and writing coach, and also counselor, coming up with material that inspires young people is a natural for me. I take no prisoners and offer up common sense. Kids LOVE that! We laugh. We write. We sing. We grow and learn in a gentle and happy 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. SO random and fun! Once a "Beach Boy" asked me write with him. Be still my heart! When student chose my songs as her "hero" for a classroom project, I was humbled! My songs have served as backdrops for award-winning documentaries, won oodles of awards. but honestly, a hug from any student is the best reward of all.
USC's program for gifted students, Curtis Institute of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, Music Academy of the West, Dick Grove (contemp). Teachers I collaborate with: 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.
The featured voices on our songs include Jessie Bridges- daughter of actor, Jeff, Viva - daughter of Martin Gore of the English band Depeche Mode, and Rachel Sand - a young actor who shares a manager with Hilary Duff. I've produced with Alan Thicke (Growing Pains,) consulted for prize-winning MTV rock bands, produced SBTV's "Enlightenment Stew." Being mom to two sweet sons has been my favorite job of all. My sweetie's name is Teddy. He's Canadian. He likes ice cream. We travel quite a bit. I'm ADHD. Wish I wasn't, but I deal with it :-)
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 (ELA), Life Skills, Religion, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, School Counseling, Psychology, Character Education, Writing, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Winter, Valentine's Day, For All Subjects, School Psychology, Close Reading