Lyla has been teaching French for over 25 years in Japan, Thailand, France, New York and San Francisco. She holds a B.A. in French and Russian from New York University and studied voice for 10 years under Dr Helen Dilworth in San Francisco She is also a music coach, songwriter, guitarist and vocalist. She has sung in rock bands, classical chorales, musical revues and a gospel choir in San Francisco, France and Thailand. She is currently a member of the Portland Revels Community Chorus and the blues band True Bluesers.