I served as vocal, keyboard and songwriting coach, choir director and informal counselor to a colorful teen choir known as "Lessia's Crew" for many years. During this sweet adventure, I penned songs with insightful lyrics to help my songbirds cope with emotional challenges of all kinds. My gifted teens eventually recorded our SEL songs in a professional studio. Backed by an amazing band that included Justin Timerlake's drummer, we had a blast and learned so much. It melts my heart that the songs and materials I created for my own lively "crew" are now helping many other young people discover their own voices - inside and out.
Humor, heart, wisdom.
I was humbled when a tween chose my songs as her "hero" for a big school project. That was huge! Melt my heart! One of the Beach Boys asked me to write with him.That was kind of special. Most of my "honors" are so random and quirky, they're hard to explain. A while back, a TV series was slated to be written based on my songs and "Lessia's Crew" story. It could still happen. *fingers crossed* I'd love to opportunity to help more and more kids learn to be fearless and open-hearted. Mindfulness is so important.
USC's program for gifted students, Curtis Institute of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, Music Academy of the West, Dick Grove Contemporary School of Music. Lesson collaborators: 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
Lead vocals on these tracks include the voice of Jessie Bridges - daughter of actor, Jeff, and Viva Gore - daughter of Martin of the band Depeche Mode. I co-produced with Alan Thicke RIP and worked in the studio with his teen son as well. BP material was featured in a social justice documentary previewed at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. I produced the popular SBTV show, "Enlightenment Stew," often inviting my songbirds on to sing and pontificate. Being a mom to amazing sons has been my favorite adventure. Bullyproof is my way of giving back.
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 (Social Studies - History), Life Skills, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, School Counseling, Psychology, Character Education, Writing, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Winter, For All Subjects, School Psychology, Close Reading, Classroom Community