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Mary H.
Tampa, Florida
Enjoy Piano/Keyboard studies with an expert teacher of 30+ years experience.
Everyone learns differently! I tailor lessons and curriculum to each students abilities and interests. Beginners should understand that there are foundational skills everyone needs to develop, but we can make choices on what to emphasize and how from chord chart playing, playing with improvisation skills to note reading all styles of music. Most of my students pursue piano for their own enjoyment or for ensemble, church and social gatherings. I'm happy when they enjoy making music and love seeing many of my students get to the level where their musicality touches people. Because of 2 years of piano study at the University level, I am comfortable with those who wish to prepare for competition and advanced study. I incorporate duet playing to enhance beginner songs and to teach ensemble playing at all levels. I have performed and adjudicated classical piano and studied at the University of South Florida privately and in classes for piano pedagogy.
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. ___________________________________________________ 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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Mary has been extraordinarily effective and professional. Her years of experience is apparent throughout all my lessons with her. I started with basically no knowledge of the music world. I end each class in amazement of how fast I have learned so much.

Posted Jul 27, 2021
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Ms. Mary is such a wonderful teacher! She is so patient and encouraging!

Posted Jul 22, 2021
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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
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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
French
Limited Proficiency
German
Limited Proficiency
I can instruct singing in Spanish
Limited Proficiency
Italian
Limited Proficiency
Japanese
Limited Proficiency
Latin
Limited Proficiency
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.
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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Instructor details
Piano
Teaches 3 subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
SEE MAP
Cascade Lane Cherry Creek Subdivision
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$30
45 minutes
$40
60 minutes
$50
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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