Dr. Francis Hon, DMA | New York
Dr. Francis Hon, DMA | New York

Dr. Francis Hon, DMA | New York

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Introduction: I am a New York based pianist, composer, arranger and educator; current Adjunct Professor of Piano at University of Massachusetts Lowell; Steinway Official Education Partner. Beginning from classical music then switched to jazz world, I earned Doctorate of Piano Performance at UT Austin and Master of Jazz Studies at New York University, where I also worked as Adjunct Instructor of Jazz/Pop Piano. I've performed in various concert format including solo piano, chamber music, collaborative piano, jazz ensemble, jazz orchestra, and contemporary music band with singers. My debut jazz trio album "Before Dawn" featuring Billy Drummond, was released in 2018 with positive media reviews. With the professional experiences in piano performance more than 27 years, I am not only possesses a profound repertoire in both classical and jazz, but also interprets the music from both perspectives in my performance and teaching. As a pianist and band leader, I've performed in many music venues in New York including Steinway Hall, Club Bonafide, Rockwood Music Hall, ShapeShifter Lab, Tomi Jazz, Williamsburg Music Center, Tishman Auditorium, Queensborough Performing Arts Center Theatre, The Provincetown Playhouse, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, and others. As an educator, I've worked with students in different ages and level, helped them to reach their goal by combining the approaches from these two music genres, with focus on both reading and listening, and the analytical method on music and performing practice.
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Simone C.
Dec 8, 2023
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Very friendly, approachable, accommodating, responsive, and patient! Francis makes you feel very comfortable during the lesson :) Highly recommend for semi-experienced piano players who are coming back after a long break from not playing (like my case).

Details: 26 - 44 years old • 4+ yrs of formal training • Jazz • Yes, the student has a keyboard • Remotely (phone or internet) • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc.

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Dante I.
Dec 24, 2023
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I have been working with Francis for several weeks and I feel so grateful to have been connected with him as my jazz instructor. He has the perfect temperament for a teacher- calm, supportive, and thoughtful. I also very much appreciate that he listens to what it is you want to achieve and adjusts the lessons accordingly. I couldn't recommend him more highly and am excited to continue working with him!

Details: 26 - 44 years old • 4+ yrs of formal training • Jazz • Yes, the student has a keyboard • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc.

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Brooke F.
Nov 2, 2023
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Francis is one of the most knowledgeable piano instructors I’ve ever met. His abilities in jazz piano are incredible and he is such a great teacher! He takes the time to ask you about your goals and then he tailors your classes to those goals and even sends you additional helpful resources that you can use during your practice. If you’re looking to improve your skills in jazz or even just improvisation, Francis is the perfect instructor for you!

Details: 26 - 44 years old • No, the student cannot read music • 0 - 2 yrs of formal training • What the teacher recommends • Yes, the student has a keyboard • 45 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Colette M.
Apr 12, 2024
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Francis is an amazing and receptive teacher, and very much worth your time. He takes great care to help you understand what you are being are being taught, and answers any questions along the way. I would highly recommend him as a teacher.

Details: 18 - 25 years old • Yes, the student can read music • 4+ yrs of formal training • Jazz • Yes, the student has a piano • 45 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Larry W.
Dec 21, 2021
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Francis is an excellent instructor who has made piano fun for me. During the first sessions, we spent time discussing goals, trying out new things, and diving into repertoire. He puts time, thought, and effort into each lesson to help me move at the right pace, and is always able to break down complexity into digestible pieces. He is also super responsive and accommodating with my schedule, and adjusts lessons accordingly so that they're always encouraging and helpful, never overwhelming. The virtual lessons over zoom are great, Francis has multiple cameras at different angles that are super helpful. He frequently shares notes, recordings, and pointers and responds to any questions I have throughout the week.

Details: 26 - 44 years old • Yes, the student can read music • No formal training • Classical • Yes, the student has a keyboard • 60 minutes • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc. • Remotely (phone or internet)

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