History

Tunes 4 Tots® was established in 2014 to provide private in home music lessons for small groups of infants and toddlers. We now offer classes to the public at multiple locations to include the The Jewish Community Center, Busboys and Poets, Beauvoir School, Kinder Haus Toys, Pouch Play space, Sugar and Ice, Makeshift DC, Steadfast, as well as several other preschools, elementary schools, and pop-up locations. Since opening, thousands of children have participated in Tunes 4 Tots® music classes throughout the Washington, DC area and beyond. Tunes 4 TotsV obtained the Registered Trademark in February, 2019. 

Hope Greenleaf, Founder

Hope completed her Bachelors Degree in Music Education at Millersville University, then taught choir and general music in the school setting from 2011 to 2014. Hope holds two teaching certifications and has performed in a variety of ensembles and solo recitals throughout her lifetime. 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. Hope remains the primary music instructor and point of contact. 

Dominique Exume, Director of Curriculum

Dominique (Dodi) completed her Bachelors Degree in Sociology at Williams College, then earned her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Trinity Washington University. As a kindergarten teacher and grade-level lead, she has supported both students and teacher growth in schools. Having experience with children from infancy through high school, she has a passion for empathy-promoting teaching and creative instruction. Dodi supports Tunes 4 Tots® in developing curriculum and instructional training. 

Mike Chipp, Instructor

Mike completed his Bachelors Degree in Sociology at Stony Brook University. He has served as a summer camp group leader in his hometown of Setauket, New York for over a decade, providing hundreds of children with a positive role model and hands-on experience in music, art, and drama. Mike has been involved in a vocal music performance since 2007. He currently sings for two DC-based contemporary a cappella bands and is very excited to put his musical talents to use as an instructor for Tunes 4 Tots®!

Joey Jenkins, Instructor

Joey Jenkins is a drummer, songwriter, and music educator who has been active in the DMV’s musical community for over a decade. He has made teaching others how to comfortably navigate academic and performance settings in a musical context a priority for nearly as long and has taught students of all ages, individually and in a classroom setting; from those who have never played to advanced players seeking to expand their understanding and ability. Joey feels that Tunes 4 Tots® is an extraordinary vehicle for the essential work of shaping the next generation, and feels privileged to be a part of that mission.

Maria Rizo, Marketing Coordinator

Maria is currently pursuing her Bachelors Degree in Marketing at George Mason University. She has had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings across Northern Virginia and DC, including music and special education. As a former instructor for Tunes 4 Tots® , Maria is excited to return to the company and highlight the company's mission of providing fun, educational, and interactive music classes to children of all ages and abilities. 

Emily Wentzel, Administrative Coordinator

Emily completed her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education and holds an Associates Degree in Vocal Performance. She has a passion for music, singing, performing and working with children. She has taught Pre-K for several years and has taught preschool and Pre-K music. She has been a Nanny and always keeps up her singing, piano playing, and music making. Emily has great training and experience working with children of all ages and families, creating spaces for them to learn, grow, and connect through music, play, and movement.