Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
In Student Home
Online via Webcam
I am Terri Howren DeLuca and have been teaching Simply Music Piano for over 4 years. I come from a very musical family being the daughter of Jack Howren, founder of the Howren Music Company chains around the Greater Charlotte Area. I was classically trained in piano for 9 years and also played the flute for 8 years. I play some guitar and banjo as well. I studied voice for 8 years and sang professionally in the Wilmington area for several years. I am also composer of Pattern Based Piano© which I use to teach my students when they begin to read music. Alfred Publishers is currently considering them for Sheet Music which is very exciting for me!
My life is engulfed around music being the proud mother of 2 musicians: My 20 year old son studies guitar, voice, piano and also plays the violin. My 16 year old daughter is a singer/songwriter and studies voice and guitar. Our household is an amazing place to be when everyone is working on their music! It brings me such joy!
I am a homeschool Mom and taught my kids at home their entire lives. As a result of teaching my own children plus untold co-op and Sunday school classes, I work very well with kids of all ages. My students love my style and love their lessons. I make them fun, we laugh a lot and their piano lessons are not "work" like school. I have never had a student quit lessons because they were displeased with my performance as a teacher or from the Simply Music method.
My Musical Education Background
I was classically trained on piano for 9 years. Over the past several years, I have continued my studies in blues and accompaniment.
I played the flute for 8 years and currently teach beginner and intermediate flute as well.
I also play the guitar, some banjo and studied voice for 8 years.
Genres and Subjects Taught
The Simply Music Method teaches Blues, Classical, Contemporary, Accompaniment, Improvisation and Composition all in Level 1!
The Play-A-Story Method teaches improvisation to ages 4 to 6! Once the student finishes the method (3 levels) they are ready to move on to the Simply Music Method.
Simply Music is taught both privately and in group settings.
Private lessons: $110/month
Group lessons: $85/month
Play-A-Story is taught in group settings.
Group lessons: $85/month
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
Simply Music teaches ages 6 to 106! I teach adults, too. You are never too old to learn to play the piano the Simply Music way!
Play-A-Story teaches ages 4 to 6.
My Certifications and Awards
I am a Certified Simply Music Teacher.
I am a Certified Play-A-Story Teacher.
My students are my trophies! I love them all!
My Musical Influences
I love most all music and styles. I am currently studying how to play piano by ear so that I can share that skill with my students.
I got a flyer about 2 months ago and decided to give Teri a call...I'm glad I did. Her teaching method and environment is fun and relaxed. She works with my crazy schedules very well and I appreciate her and her talent!
I was delighted to find the SM method and Terri. The last time I attempted to learn piano I was 6 or 7. It was awful. I had pretty much given up on music being something I could learn to play but now the dream is back. Starting off with visual patterns of playing allowed me to play music and learn how to improvise and express myself. Playing piano has brought a renewed joy to my life and I am beginning now after only a few months to learn the notation and chord building skills essential to music. Terri's enthusiastic and joyful attitude give me lots of encouragement and with 40 years of disillusionment I sure needed it. If you love music and want to give yourself a great gift, have Terri teach you with the Simply Music method. It may be the best thing you can do to bring a bit of pleasure to your household. Louis B. Smith, AIA Architect
Fort Mill, SC
My daughter, Maya, had taken traditional piano lessons for a year and was still struggling through "The Wheels on the Bus." Then we found Simply Music - and Terri. Within a few short months under Terri's gifted instruction and continual encouragement, Maya was playing "Fur Elise." Most importantly, her confidence soared. During the summer when there was just not enough time to practice every day, Terri never nagged or lectured. She focused on the progress and the positive, and that made a tremendous difference. Terri always seems to have something to freshen up an older song on the Simply Music playlist or a solution to a problem Maya is having. Perhaps the biggest compliment is that my son just switched to piano after two years of violin lessons because he saw how much fun his sister was having! Sheila O. Satisfied Mom
We are thrilled with our son's progress. After only 6 months, our 6 year old is playing Fur Elise! As someone who "got stuck" in note-reading, I'm amazed that our son already knows major and minor chords. Kelly Satisfied Mom
Fort Mill, SC
Terri has been a wonderful, patient and supportive piano teacher for my children. Since beginning piano a year ago, they have gained a rewarding relationship with the piano through the Simply Music program that includes a repertoire of at least 20 songs played by heart. Terri has made the process of learning an instrument positive and fun, and I would recommend her, and have recommended her, to anyone desiring piano lessons. Savita Homeschool Mom
Terri has been our Simply Music teacher for 2 years. I have 3 children taking lessons from her. Terri is a very enthusiastic and professional teacher. She comes prepared and ready to go. My girls are having so much fun learning a variety of songs and are advancing quickly. I would highly recommend her for children of all ages. Cathy Homeschool Mom
Terri is the kind of teacher that genuinely cares deeply for the success of her students. She cares that they are proud of their accomplishments. And she takes it personally if they are not comfortable with the material. She will find a way to "break through" the obstacle until the student is once again performing confidently. Victoria Homeschool Mom
Fort Mill, SC
We just love the Simply Music method. It's so much more enjoyable than traditional lessons, and my son, who has Aspergers Syndrome, has learned to play so many beautiful pieces in no time. Actually, really sophisticated sounding pieces. My son just loves Terri and can't wait for hugs from her every week. She has a personality that has expectations of her students but in such an encouraging way. Thanks, Terri! Becky Homeschool Mom
My daughter has made great progress in one year. The Simply Music method helps students establish a foundation for playing the piano in an accelerated period of time. Terri's style of teaching is refreshing, encouraging and she passes her enthusiasm for music onto the student in a very natural way. I highly recommend Terri to others - adults or children!! Tracy Schoolteacher Mom
Indian Trail, NC
rs. Terri is a wonderful piano teacher especially in the way she chooses the right pace for my children. They don't feel pushed ahead all the time and she doesn't let them slack off either. Mrs.. Terri seems to have this inner feeling on how much they are able and comfortable doing each week. This certainly helps with kids enjoyment of learning piano. I as a parent feel she is the right kind of teacher for them. I enjoy her myself as well. Alla Homeschool Mom