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History

Tunes 4 Tots® was established in March of 2014 to provide private in home music lessons for small groups of infants and toddlers. Since opening, Tunes 4 Tots has developed a number of enrichment programs for a wider age range. In addition to expanding their curriculum, Tunes 4 Tots® has expanded their reach by offering classes to the public at multiple locations, as well as serving  preschools, elementary schools, and pop-up locations. Tunes 4 Tots® obtained the Registered Trademark in February of 2019. Our 2020 pivot included adding Covid-safe outdoor small group classes and we were able to serve even more families during a difficult time. Since opening, thousands of children have participated in Tunes 4 Tots® music classes throughout the Washington, DC area and beyond. 

Hope Greenleaf, Founder

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Hope completed her Bachelors Degree in Music Education at Millersville University in 2011. She then taught choir and general music for the Archdiocese of Washington DC from 2011 to 2014. Hope has obtained two teaching certifications and has experience performing in a variety of ensembles and solo clarinet recitals, as well as producing many student performances. She has extensive training and experience working with children of all ages and abilities. Hope's passion for music and love for children led her to found Tunes 4 Tots® in 2014, of which she remains the CEO. In 2020 Hope was accepted into the Female Founder Collective and joined the Board of Directors for Day Eight, a non-profit organization supporting the arts. In 2021, Hope was nominated and qualified as a finalist for the Wammie Educator Award. Hope is a passionate advocate of arts education and she is dedicated to the pursuit of lifelong learning. 

Laila Sermon, Instructor

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Laila is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Laila has experience working with children of all ages and has taught private flute lessons for upward of four years. She has played the flute and piccolo for 9 years and performs both solo and ensemble work. She is currently a part of the FAMU Marching 100 piccolo section and is principal flutist in one of the university's symphonic ensembles. Laila is a passionate musician and aspiring educator who believes her love of music is meant to be shared. She is most fulfilled sharing that passion with youth and children. Her life’s goal is to be the reason a child finds themselves through the love of music. In her free time, Laila also loves to perform in the theater and has a keen interest in creative writing and the culinary arts!

Jordyn Tareaz, Instructor

Jordyn is a pop singer- songwriter and performer from Maryland. She released her debut single "So Good (On My Own)" in 2022, whiched earned her a feature in Billboard Magazine for her talents and involvement in the World Woman Hour soundtrack.

In May 2023 Jordyn finished her studies at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communication where she studied music business. Throughout her time in college, Jordyn studied under Alicia Key’s "She is the Music" mentorship program, ran a female empowerment organization, and created the talk show Let’s Talk with Jordyn Tareaz, interviewing entertainment industry creatives.

Since graduating, Jordyn has continued on as a full time musician and studied under production duo Stargate (credits with Beyoncé, Rihanna, Katy Perry) at the Los Angeles Academy of Artists and Music Production. She has also continued work on the business side of the industry parenting with startup tech companies in the music space and helping them with creative

solutions including social media, marketing, content creation, and community building.

Briana Ayers, Instructor

Briana is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education at Howard University. She has extensive experience working with children across various age groups, from daycare-aged children to fourth graders. Briana's passion for working with children stems from her fascination with their growth and development. Briana interned with the Chicago Children's Choir, a renowned non-profit organization. During her internship, she contributed to the development team and played a key role behind the scenes of numerous musical performances. In her free time, Briana enjoys dancing to a variety of music genres.

Bernarda Basualdo, Instructor

Bernarda is a musician currently studying cello performance at New York University. Hailing from Argentina, Bernarda has been playing music her whole life. When she isn’t practicing or writing, she loves to listen to records with friends.

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Alyssa Brunner, Managing Director

Alyssa has an extensive background in early childhood education - as a preschool teacher, a nanny, an elementary school teacher, and now a curriculum and instructional designer. She received her Bachelor's degree from Stony Brook University in French Language and Literature and her Master's degree from Brooklyn College in Elementary Education. Alyssa has been attending Tunes 4 Tots classes for the past few years with her own young daughter and looks forward to bringing the joy of music education classes to more families!

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Heather Cantos, Director of Finance and Human Resources

Heather received an Associate of Arts degree in Secondary Education from Harford Community College and studied English at Towson University. She has studied music all over the country, from her early years on the clarinet in New York and Texas, to performing in the Hula-Bowl All-Star Band in Hawaii, to marching with the University of Maryland Mighty Sound of Music. 

After becoming a mother, Heather opened her own childcare business and cared for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers for over 12 years. She joined the Tunes 4 Tots team to combine all of her passions in one place.

Heather also works in local government, and in her free time is an avid volunteer in her community. 

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