Stacey

An American in Paris since 2014, Stacey has been passionate about music her whole life. She was raised in California by parents who loved music. She studied piano and string bass, sang in choirs and cappella groups, and played in orchestras and musical theaters. She worked as a vocalist in Japan, then a singing bartender in NYC, while building an events management career in media and non-profit groups.

In 2015, Stacey took a break from her events career to teach English, theater and music in public and private schools across Paris with the association Sing and Play. In 2017, Stacey began leading music and English classes at the Bilingual Montessori School of Paris.

Stacey also founded Bébé Music Box in 2017 to bring Music Together's award-winning music and movement classes to families and schools in Paris. You can read the Bébé Music Box founding story on Inspirelle!

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James

Born in Paris to a Belgian mother and British father, James was raised bilingual and musical. His mother played the piano and sang lullabies and nursery rhymes as a ritual before dinner.  His grandmother was a professional pianist.

 

James loves playing the piano: a lot of classical - mostly his favourite, Chopin - but also pop and soul music.  

He works in Publishing and discovered Music Together as a parent with his son, who was 2, at the time. He immediately fell in love with the program and enjoyed each weekly class as much as his son!  

 

In 2021, James became a trained Music Together  teacher and is very happy to join Stacey in this adventure to present the wonders of  Music Together to Parisian families.

Né à Paris d’une mère belge et d’un père britannique,  James a grandi bilingue et entouré de musique. Sa mère jouait du piano en lui chantant des berceuses tous les soirs avant le dîner. Sa grand-mère était pianiste professionnelle.


James aime jouer du piano : beaucoup de classique – surtout Chopin, son préféré – mais aussi de la pop et de la soul.


James travaille dans l’édition et a découvert Music Together en tant que parent avec son fils de 2 ans à l’époque. Il adhère immédiatement au programme et s’amuse chaque semaine en cours autant que son fils.

 

En 2021, il suit la formation de professeur Music Together. James est très content de rejoindre Stacey pour faire découvrir aux familles parisiennes toutes les merveilles du programme Music Together. 

Valentina

Born and raised in Rome, Valentina is a seasoned early childhood English teacher who has deep experience working with public daycares, schools and libraries in and around Paris. Perhaps you recognize her from the Valentina's Music Storytime videos and workshops?

Valentina discovered Music Together at an American Library in Paris workshop. A firm believer in music as the greatest facilitator for early language learning, she fell instantly in love with the program philosophy and wanted to learn more. She asked Stacey to sit in on some classes.

She completed her formal Music Together teacher training in 2022 and is enchanted to join Stacey in bringing this joyful program to families in Paris and Saint-Cloud.

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Parisienne née à Rome, Valentina enseigne l’anglais dans les crèches, les écoles et les médiathèques publiques autour de Paris. Vous la connaissez peut-être grâce à ses vidéos et ses ateliers Valentina's Music Storytime ?

Elle découvre Music Together lors d’une présentation à la Bibliothèque américaine de Paris.

Convaincue que la musique est le moyen le plus rapide pour apprendre une langue, elle adhère immédiatement à la philosophie de Music Together. Elle demande à Stacey de pouvoir assister à ses cours.

Ayant achevée sa formation d'enseignante Music Together en 2022, elle se réjouit de pouvoir partager ce programme ludique avec les familles à Paris et à Saint-Cloud.