Mary Hauck
Tampa, FL
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Mary Hauck

Mary H.

Tampa, FL
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
A former voice student never wanted to study theory until He decided to take a crash course with me the summer before applying to study music at a University. You are wise to begin before! Piano study compliments Music Theory more than any other instrument. I always include a little with piano lessons but lessons solely teaching theory can be adapted for a student's needs/interests. Voice students can request that theory be included but it usually means the lesson time needs to be extended.

About Mary H.

About You for Take Lessons

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

I have taught in schools, public, private and theater, and direct both church choirs and praise bands . My former students are pursuing careers as performers, composers, music teachers and music ministers ..........and singing to their babies!

I have enjoyed the challenge of assisting music students for over 30 years with ALL kinds of styles/literature/repertoire. I can provide training for classical, broadway, contemporary, folk, pop music, sacred music styles and love to encourage jazz and gospel styles too.

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 B.A. in 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.


*** Lesson Details ***

Piano Study

Since there are basic piano skills everyone needs to begin with to progress into any style, we start with a few piano lesson books at the appropriate level ( primer to book 5) . We can add supplemental study for improvisational worship chords, hymns for our February performance at the Florida State Fair in the pioneer church of Cracker Country, fun songs for the summer performance at a Senior Care Place and more challenging selections. Those who are ready may be invited to share these selections when a Student Concert is planned.

I incorporate duet playing to enhance beginner songs and to teach ensemble playing at all levels.
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 teach private lessons to ages 8 & up.
For Younger Students I offer 4 Music Enrichment small classes with guardians 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. The 4 hour long classes are the same charge as 2 half hour private lessons.

Vocal Study

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.

Vocal students often come wanting to sing the current latest pop or rock songs. although I am glad to work on these, they don't 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 and 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.

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.


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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.

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Andrea A.
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Mrs. Hauck is an excellent piano instructor, she focuses on technique and the historical value of the music she teaches to create greater depth and connection with each lesson. Mrs. Hauck is extremely approachable and sensitive to Andrea’s pace and learning abilities, she explains each lesson thoroughly and I couldn’t be happier to have her as my daughter’s instructor.
Andrea wanted to be part of the review and wrote the below:

I am a student of Mrs. Mary. I have been doing piano with her for over a year. She is very good at explaining the material when I am confused, she takes the time to make sure I know what I am about to play. Mrs. Mary is very patient, she does not get mad or frustrated when I do not play the piano piece correctly, she just tells me to play it again and explains what mistakes I made. Mrs. Mary is very kind and caring. She is a very good piano teacher!

Posted May 25, 2020
Joshua
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Mrs H is a great teacher. Very patient and encouraging. She really understands how to get me to excel.

Posted Jul 17, 2019
Samantha
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My son has been taking lessons from Mary for 2 years. She is an amazing teacher who really cares for her students. She has given my son confidence and his singing has greatly improved. We highly recommend her!

Posted Jul 17, 2019
Elyce
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We love Mary!!! Not only is she extremely knowledgeable and experienced, she is fantastically patient and kind as she teaches my teen and pre teen boys! I appreciate how she tries to appeal through creativity to engage and challenge them.

Posted Jul 2, 2019
Menglu
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Mary is a wonderful teacher. She has a beautiful voice. I wasn't confident in singing before I attended the class. She really helped me build confidence. I love singing with her!

Posted Feb 12, 2017
Abby H.
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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.

Posted Sep 9, 2016
Peggy F.
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My instructor is Joyful, kind and patient. She has a gift in teaching the piano and I feel lucky that I found her.

Posted Apr 24, 2016
Charlie B.
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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.

Posted Apr 11, 2016
greg d.
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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!

Posted Apr 4, 2016
Peggy F.
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My instructor is Joyful, kind and patient. She has a gift in teaching the piano and I feel lucky that I found her.

Posted Apr 3, 2016
Gaby C.
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So kind and patient. I know I've made the right choice with Mary.

Posted Nov 13, 2015
Wendy W.
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We really like her a lot. We are very happy. Definitely recommend!

Posted Sep 16, 2015
Katie McLeod
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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!

Posted Aug 21, 2015
Kristen
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Pretty excited to start this journey and I couldn't have found a better instructor!

Posted May 21, 2015
Joshua T.
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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.

Posted May 2, 2015
Mary T.
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As an older adult, I started beginning piano with Mary H. and was able to progress quickly and learn how to read music and play the music I was interested in and learned much more than I ever expected about music theory. She is very knowledgeable and is an excellent teacher and also a very pleasant person and gets you in and out on time.

Posted Apr 20, 2015
Eika F.
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Mary is the kind of person that brings happiness to her surroundings.
I have studied voice with many teachers, but Mary's coaching is the first time that I really understand what I need to improve in my singing practices. Mary’s advice is very accurate and she pinpoints these flaws. Only half a year has passed since I started practicing singing with her; however, I can profess that she is the best teacher I have had so far. I thought my voice was becoming rusty as I aged, but it is a happy surprise that it is improving! I also feel healthier since I started to learn from Mary.
Her voice training is good for anyone who wishes to improve her/his singing technique regardless of the genre of music/songs. I recommend her singing lessons for opera voice training, popular singing from the heart, or hobby singing and body conditioning. Mary's coverage is really wide.

Posted Apr 7, 2015
Danielle A.
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Excellent!! My daughter is really enjoying.

Posted Oct 24, 2014
may M.
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Mary is a very great music instructor, she takes her time with you until you get a hang of what you are practicing with your voice. She is really patient and does not rush you into anything you are not comfortable with yet. Mary is a very good instructor, and I suggest her to others.

Posted Oct 20, 2014
Sarah H.
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Mary taught me piano and vocal lessons for many years. She teaches a variety of different musical styles and makes her students feel confident in themselves as they learn. She teaches in such a way that is easy to absorb and provides children with incentives to encourage them in the process. If you are looking for music lessons that will also enrich your life, Mary is the teacher to go with.

Posted Sep 29, 2014
Florence H.

A Great Teacher; very proficient and caring

Posted Aug 13, 2014

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Experience

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.

Education

Master of Music
Sep 1990 - May 1992

University of South Florida

Music Education BA
Sep 1975 - Dec 1980

University of South Florida

Languages

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

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Music Grades k - 12
May 1980

State of Florida Dept. of Education

I kept my certification active until 2009 when I decided to teach outside of public schools.

Awards

Teacher of the Year
May 1991

Riverhills Christian School

Affiliations

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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