Mary Hauck

Mary H.

Tampa, FL

About Mary H.

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Mary teaches: Females 8 to 80
Males 8 to 28
Special needs
Teaching since: August 1981
Last sign in: 2 days ago


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I have enjoyed the challenge of assisting music students for over 30 years with ALL kinds of styles/literature/repertoire . My classical training doesn't limit me because of my participation in Broadway, contemporary, folk, pop music and sacred music styles and love for jazz and gospel,too.

I create a course of study to fit individual student interests and needs. My relationship with my students is a two-way street; I often learn from them as we explore their interest in God's wonderful gift of music!

Teaching at various private schools™, including theater school and directing both contemporary praise bands and traditional church choirs has provided enjoyable contrasts for me.

Before teaching teens and adults, I taught elementary music in public schools for 10 years and trained university interns, followed by work as a vocal graduate assistant at the University of South Florida. I hold both a Music Education and an M.A. in Vocal Performance with Voice, Choral, Music Education and Piano Pedagogy emphasis.

I have adjudicated for the Florida Vocal Association Solo and Ensemble Festivals and the National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Auditions. Former students are pursuing careers as performers, composers, music teachers and music ministers ..........and singing to their babies!

*** Lesson Details ***

Piano Study

I provide a variety of instruction: Classical, Traditional and Worship Chords/Chord Chart approach with Improvisation.

Lessons and curriculum are tailored to the students abilities and interests.Note reading and/or chord chart playing, classical or popular music with beginning improvisation skills can be pursued.
However, beginners should understand that there are skills everyone needs to begin with to progress into any style.

I incorporate duet playing to enhance beginner songs and to teach ensemble playing at all levels.
Most of my students pursue piano for their own enjoyment or for ensemble,church and social gatherings. However, because of 2 years of piano study at the University level, I am very comfortable with those who wish to prepare for competition and advanced study.

I prefer to teach students ages 7 & up.
For Younger Students: I offer Music Enrichment Piano lessons in the summer, with a more play-like approach to music readiness activities; such as movement songs developing steady beat, rhythm awareness, finger dexterity and form.

Vocal Study

Vocal students often come wanting to sing the current Pop or Rock songs they sing along wit . Although I will use these songs for competitions or fun pieces, these popular songs often don't lend themselves to vocal study very well. Even Pop and Rock singers study with the classics of Jazz, Pop and Broadway to develop their voice. I am best versed at literature from Classical, Broadway, Classic Pop and Jazz, Folk, Traditional Sacred and Contemporary Christian Styles.

We are beautifully and wonderfully made in such a way that certain foundational, physical aspects of singing will help everyone. I teach the foundations for a physiologically correct technique that enhances every style. This has helped all singers, including those who are experiencing discomfort when they sing.

Singing is as natural to me as speaking but I wasn't always this way. That's why I love to help anyone become comfortable or better at expressing themselves through singing. Vocal students of all levels, beginning to advanced, are welcome.

Singing is a very individual thing and I approach each student uniquely. I have multiple experiences and styles to draw from.

I prefer to teach lessons to age 11 & up but will work with younger students if they are ready.

Vocal students can receive music reading training if they desire it, but since 30 minutes is a minimum for developing physical foundational techniques and music selections, lessons would need to be 45 minutes or an hour to include vocal sight reading.
I love helping students expand their ability, whatever their starting point. Musicality is even more important than a display of difficult music, so I take time to encourage expressiveness.

Our initial session,
I am interested in learning about each student's personal tastes, and any past experiences and goals. Then we will proceed to explore their instrument, whether it is their own voice or the piano.
A student's goals and resources will influence my choices from a wide variety of curriculum that are beneficial for steady progress. I will collaborate with them to choose musical selections, incorporating their goals and tastes.


Enjoying the ability to express oneself through music is of primary importance. While challenging my students to steadily grow in their capability, their appreciation of compositions and ability to communicate them; I also encourage their feedback to assess what works best for them.

I love helping students expand their ability, whatever their starting point. Musicality is even more important than a display of difficult music, so I take time to encourage expressiveness.

Older students need to be able to focus on developing technique and accept the home practice involved to learn ( and in the case of piano "read" ) and expressively sing/ play their selections.

Adult students are self directed and I accept their self pacing for home practice. But where parents are involved, I discuss a practice plan and encourage it. However, a student should never skip a lesson because they didn't practice. We all need a jump start sometimes.

Materials: I will discuss the need for curriculum with students before purchasing items.
Curriculum is chosen based on the students goals. There is a $2 monthly fee for piano students who will benefit from the sequential music games offered online through my teacher account.

Photos and Videos

Studio Work - All Styles: Classical ....


Music teacher/director in public/private schools. Music Director/ Worship leader in various churches

Nov 2013 - Present
Private Studio

I prepare worship music with Adult and Youth Choirs and play the piano except when conducting.
At previous positions with schools, I have taught all levels, kindergarten to adult; including the University of South Florida as an adjunct instructor for voice classes.

Music Teacher and Music Minister

Sep 1986 - Present
Hillsborough County Schools and Tampa Bay Area Churches

After teaching for 10 years in Public schools, I taught part time in several private schools.I have taught music to all ages: 1st grade to college classes. I have directed traditional and contemporary church services with choirs and Praise Teams.


Master of Music

Sep 1990 - May 1992
University of South Florida

Music Education BA

Sep 1975 - Dec 1980
University of South Florida

Languages Spoken

I can instruct singing in Spanish, Latin, Italian, French, German and Japanese

Limited Proficiency


Music Grades k - 12

May 1980
State of Florida Dept. of Education

I kept my certification until 2009, when I decided not to renew it.


Teacher of the Year

May 1991
Riverhills Christian School


National Association of Teachers of Singing

Jun 1991

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

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16 Reviews on Mary H.

Abby H. Sep 9, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Mary is super. She made my daughter feel comfortable and welcome. She's very professional and sweet. My daughter can't wait for her next lesson.
Peggy F. Apr 24, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My instructor is Joyful, kind and patient. She has a gift in teaching the piano and I feel lucky that I found her.
Charlie B. Apr 11, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
This teacher is wonderful. My son had his very first ever lesson with Mary tonight. He was really nervous but her smiles and enthusiasm (plus her lovely singing voice) helped him feel at ease. He is 9 and I am sure her positive infulence will help shape his voice for a lifetime.
greg d. Apr 4, 2016
Piano · In studio
Mary is a great teacher. She genuinely cares about creating a great learning experience. She listens to questions and gives clear answers. She has a natural ability to be un-intimidating and very likable. Mary is both fun and practical in her teaching approach. Mary arranged recitals in different venues allowing her students to show off their newly learned skills. My 16 yr old daughter learned and grew in leaps and bounds with each lesson. Thank you Mary!
Peggy F. Apr 3, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My instructor is Joyful, kind and patient. She has a gift in teaching the piano and I feel lucky that I found her.
Gaby C. Nov 13, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
So kind and patient. I know I've made the right choice with Mary.
Wendy W. Sep 16, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
We really like her a lot. We are very happy. Definitely recommend!
Katie McLeod Aug 21, 2015
Broadway Singing · In home
Verified Student
My daughter has only had one lesson, but we were both very impressed by what Mary was able to teach her in just 45 minutes. Mary isn't just trying to improve my daughter's voice, but also her expression of emotions when she sings. Mary is obviously very experienced!
Kristen May 21, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Pretty excited to start this journey and I couldn't have found a better instructor!
Joshua T. May 2, 2015
Singing · In studio
I've been taking lessons with Mary for about 2 years now. In that time I've she's helped me improve drasticly in my tone range. Couldn't have come this far without her help. She'll give you a good foundation for your voice to build on and is very informative on ways you can improve.
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