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. Since opening, thousands of children have participated in Tunes 4 Tots® music classes throughout the Washington, DC area and beyond. Tunes 4 Tots® obtained the Registered Trademark in February of 2019. 

Hope Greenleaf, Founder

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. 

Mike Chipp, Senior Instructor

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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 vocal music performance since 2007 and currently sings for two DC-based contemporary a cappella ensembles. Mike began working for Tunes 4 Tots in August 2018 and received the distinction of Senior Instructor after three years of instructional experience. 

Kortney Hall, Instructor

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Kortney is a lead Pre - K teacher for Prince George's County and provides piano and general music instruction for Tunes 4 Tots.  She earned her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and has qualified as an Expert in Elementary School Classroom Management. In addition to serving as a Literacy Lead while teaching with AmeriCorps, Kortney has a unique variety of experiences serving families in the Washington DC area.  Kortney is committed to providing the best music education experience possible to all of her students. When she’s not working, Kortney enjoys being a proud aunty!

Luciana Carter, Instructor

Luciana earned her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Vocal Performance from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University. Specializing in opera, she sings with both local and national vocal ensembles. Luciana has been teaching music and movement classes to children ages newborn to five years old in the DC Metro area since 2015. 

Teresa Collier, Instructor

Teresa studied music performance and music education at Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at Catholic University. She primarily specialized in brass, specifically French horn and trumpet and has been involved with symphony orchestras, concert bands, brass ensembles, and pit orchestras for musical theater productions. Teresa has a B.S. in Family Science from The University of Maryland's School of Public Health, where she concentrated her studies on child development, psychology, and early childhood education.  She has worked in the early childhood education field for over 15 years. Most recently, she was the Music Enrichment Teacher for an early childhood center where she developed music curriculum and activities for infants through Kindergarten prep age groups.