For many years, I served as coach, counselor and songwriter to an informal pop choir known as Lessia's Crew. During this sweet adventure, I noticed I could empower kids greatly by sprinkling useful life insights into addictively fun-to-sing songs. As "Lessia's Crew" became "a Santa Barbara phenom" (Montecito Journal,) we began recording in a high end studio with a full band - my student singers at the helm. Since then, our songs have traveled the world! I'm in Sonoma now, still helping kids collect wisdom for their pockets. "Your songs are saving my life!" I get that a lot. I love my work.
Our pop songs have a purpose. Thoughtfully crafted melodies work for both music study and choir performances. Lyrics support general ed and counseling too. Deep lyrics inspire critical thinking and focus on timely topics; social skills, kindness, a humorous approach to grumpy moods, critical thinking, creative writing, self respect and respect of others. Lessons cover both ELA and music standards. Tune in and be mindful!
When student chose my songs as her "hero" for a classroom project, I was forever touched. My material has served as a backdrop for award-winning documentaries, I've won oodles of awards. but honestly, a hug from any student is the best reward of all. One of the Beach Boys asked me to write with him for Disney. As you can imagine, that pretty much made my life.
USC's program for gifted students, Curtis Institute of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, Music Academy of the West, Dick Grove (contemp). Teachers I currently collab with: Dru Frick: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, experienced in inquiry based learning, International Baccalaureate trained. Retta London - Rainbow City Learning. Aileen Miracle - Aileen Miracle.
Fun stuff: Sweet young voices on BP songs include Jessie Bridges- daughter of actor Jeff, the Dude, and Viva - daughter of Martin Gore of "Depeche Mode", and young actor Rachel Sand. I've produced with Alan Thicke (Growing Pains,) consulted for MTV rock bands, produced SBTV's "Enlightenment Stew." Being a mom to two tall sons has been my favorite job of all - hands down! I have a wonderful mate named Teddy. I realize I have been very blessed in my life.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Specialty, Social Studies - History, World History, Arts & Music, Music, Music Composition, 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, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Winter, Valentine's Day, For All Subjects, School Psychology, Close Reading