For a magical decade, I served as teacher, counselor, and writing coach to a lively choir known as "Lessia's Crew." During this fabulous adventure, I stumbled upon a most amazing formula. I realized I could enlighten and empower my students by placing usable life wisdom into songs that were addictively fun to sing. As my gifted crew became a "Santa Barbara Phenom!" (Montecito Journal,) we found ourselves recording in a fabulous studio - my kids shining as lead singers. Fun fact; Justin Timberlake's drummer played drums for us. His name is Bucket. We were actually almost a TV show like GLEE, but that's a story for another time :-) .. I live in lovely little Sonoma now, and am happy to report that helping kids stuff their pockets with wisdom still gets me giant hugs. "Your songs are saving my life!" I get that a lot. I love my work :-)
My students never feel as if I'm trying 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 proven to appeal to all demographics. 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. Super fun! He wanted to produce and album with me too, but we ran out of time. My life has been full of surprises like that - I've been really blessed. One student chose my songs as her "Hero" for a classroom project. I was so humbled! I've had songs serve as backdrops for award-winning documentaries, won oodles of music and writing contests, but honestly, a hug from any student is the best reward of all.
Lessia: USC's program for gifted students, Curtis Institute of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, the Music Academy of the West, Dick Grove (contemporary). Dru: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and experienced in inquiry based learning, International Baccalaureate trained. Retta's bio - please visit her RCL store. She's amazing!
The sweet voices on these recordings 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 MTV boy rock bands - produced an SBTV show. Being a mom of two tall boys has been my most favorite occupation. My sweetie's name is Teddy. He's a wonderful Canadian.
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, School Psychology