Tiny Toes Music Teachers Rock!

Welcome to Tiny Toes Music! Founded in 2009, we are proud to sing and dance with over 300 families per week in DuPage County and the City of Chicago. Our teachers have the best jobs in the world, as we sing and dance our days away with children and grownups who discover (or rediscover) the joy of music every time they come to class. Music Together® Worldwide serves over 3,000 communities in over 40 countries all over the world. Here at Tiny Toes Music, we're doing our part, offering classes five days a week at locations in LaGrange, Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, and Downers Grove. Join us! You'll be so glad you did.

Roberta Wentling

The owner and director of Tiny Toes Music, Roberta is a Music Together Certification Level 1 Instructor, and has experience as both a church musician and high school and middle school choir director. Roberta graduated from DePauw University with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education and also holds a Master's degree in Educational Counseling. She took formal piano lessons for seventeen years, and you never know what instrument she'll play in her Mixed Ages or Preschool classes. It could be guitar, ukulele, violin, mandolin, djembe, didgeridoo or even the recorder. You can also find her band, Every Day Grace, leading worship in local bars throughout the area. Check them out on Facebook or at www.sojopubchurch.com for more info! Roberta and her husband have two daughters, whose tiny toes seem to grow bigger each day.

Liz Strode

A former grade level and middle school teacher, Liz began singing, dancing, and acting at a very young age and always found a way to bring music to the classroom. She received her bachelor's degree from Illinois State University in Elementary Education and her M.Ed. in Literacy, Language and Culture from the University of Illinois at Chicago. As a mother of two energetic children, Liz found Music Together when her family moved to the Chicago suburbs. In addition to teaching both Mixed Ages and Preschool classes, she is Tiny Toes Music's Business Manager and enjoys watching her little ones grow as she brings joy to children and families by sharing her love of movement and music making.

Beth Blankenship

A board certified music therapist, Beth is very excited to be a part of the Tiny Toes Music team. A life-long music maker, she grew up singing in a choir with her dad and siblings. Beth graduated from Illinois State University in 2010 with a Bachelors in Music-Music Therapy. She currently works with children and adults with developmental disabilities at Helping Hand Center. In addition, Beth and her husband perform Americana and Folk music throughout the suburbs as a duo, Tank & the Beez.

Emily Campbell

Emily has been singing and dancing her entire life and has a passion for music.  She has a degree in Vocal Performance and practiced Audiology before becoming a mom of her two boys.  She has been taking her children to Music Together classes for years and fell in love with the program.  She is so excited to share her passion for music as a Music Together Teacher!

Julie Dennis

Julie has a passion for music that was instilled in her at a very young age by her mother, who loves to sing. A former middle school general music teacher, she discovered Music Together as a new mom and is now a Music Together Certification Level 1 Instructor. She resides in Lombard with her huband and two young children. Julie holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Education with an emphasis in general music.

Michelle Gurak

Michelle grew up immersed in music, participating in choirs, musical theater, church services and events, and directing the children's choir at her church. Wanting to share her love of music with her own children, Michelle started bringing her oldest daughter to Music Together classes when she was 4 months old. That was ten years ago! She left a career in sales to stay home with her children for several years, and teaching Music Together is a perfect fit for her life now, combining her love of music and children. And... she's really funny! Ask her about her improv gigs!

Jan Slavin
Majoring in Theatre Arts at the University of Illinois and Goodman School of Drama many years ago, as well as touring with several national theatre companies, Jan fully expected to dedicate her life to performance but family and "life" intervened. Living in New York for over 25 years, Jan raised her family and assumed the role of corporate sales manager, all the while believing that she would one day return to her original passions in music and theatre. Jan moved back to her native Chicago once her children were out of college and is now a popular Chicago performer on both the cabaret and stand up comedy scenes. She appears at comedy festivals and clubs, has written and performed in several original cabaret shows and most recently toured with the hit variety show, "Funny Old Broads." 
In 2010, Jan became a registered Music Together instructor and has been teaching for several Music Together centers and pre-schools ever since. Teaching Music Together enables her to continue pursuing her performing career at night while combining her musical talents and her love of children by day. Jan is a grandmother of two young children who were devoted Music Together students and now embody the success of the program by excelling in piano studies, dance and an overall love and appreciation of music.  
Uncle Gerry and the Tiny Toes Music Band!

Every spring, we welcome "the" Uncle Gerry to our benefit concerts to support Lutheran Day. Join us as we sing, dance, and play together, all the while supporting a great cause. 100% of money raised goes directly to supporting the Music Together in-school program at Lutheran Day, a low income preschool serving the Logan Square and Humboldt Park neighborhoods.