As a dynamic, diverse musician, Dr. Leon enjoys a dual career as a performer and an educator. Jose Leonardo Leon is a Professional Florida Department of Education Certified K-12 Music Educator and Band Director. Until the month of May 2018, Jose Leon was the Doctoral Teaching Assistant at the University of Colorado Boulder serving as a private lessons and brass quintet assistant to the brass department obtaining his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trombone Performance and Pedagogy. Jose served as the Trombone Instructor and Sectionals/Brass Quintet coach for the CU Summer Music Academy - High School Band 2017 and 2018, the Brass Faculty for the Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Brass with the Greater Miami Youth Symphony (GMYS) from 2006-2014. During his tenure with GMYS, he was also the responsible for building the entire GMYS Brass program for the Advanced, Intermediate, and Beginning Summer Camps to the regular school year chamber and brass symphony programs. Jose Leon held the position of the Low Brass Faculty for the Performing Arts Program at the prestigious SAINT ANDREWS SCHOOL in Boca Raton, FL As an employee of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Jose Leonardo Leon has been the Director of Bands of the Upper Academy Division at Winston Park K-8 Center and David Lawerence Jr. K-8 Center bands, and the Music Teacher and Choir Director at Mae M. Walters Elementary School. Mr. Leon has been also the symphonic wind ensembles, Marching, and jazz bands coach for other schools such as the South West Senior High School, South Dade SHS, Palmetto Middle School, and Lake Worth High School in Lake Worth, FL, among others. In the year 2010, through formal invitation from the Federal Department of Cultural Arts of Mexico and the prestigious chamber ensemble, Germany based, "The Bolivar Soloists", Jose L. Leon participated in his first international event as a Trombone/Brass Faculty and Performer for the Carlos Chavez Youth Symphony Orchestra National System of Mexico "Academic Week", in which he imparted private lessons, Master Classes, orchestra brass sectionals, coached Low Brass Ensemble and large brass choir, concert and recital, among other educational activities. In the years 2012 and 2013, Jose was a Guest Faculty/Artist joining Soloist Trombonist Jacques Mauger for the 2nd and 3rd Annual Trombone Weeks at the State Conservatory of Music in the city of Oaxaca and the University of Aguascalientes College of Music in the city of Aguascalientes, Mexico. Other national and international activities as a faculty and performer include a Masterclass Conference on Brass Pedagogy entitled "A Scholar. A Performer, An Educator" presented at the Lynn University Conservatory of MusicBrass Pedagogy Class, The Alabama Bandmasters Association District V Low Brass Workshop sponsored by Facet Mutes, The URUBRASS International Festival at the National Auditorium of Sodre in the city of Montevideo-Uruguay, among others. At the same time, Jose Leon enjoys having a private studio of trombone, trumpet, tuba, and euphonium students from the Elementary, Middle, High school and Freshman College ages in which young musicians obtain, in close detail, the knowledge needed in order to achieve the highest musical level on their instruments. With the guidance of Mr. Leon, his students have mastered many achievements such as District and State Evaluations Superior Grades, All County and All State Bands, New World Symphony side-by-side concerts, University of Miami Honors Band, Major College Scholarships and Performing Arts High Schools acceptances, The National Youth Symphony Orchestra, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and college scholarships to attend institutions such as Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, Juilliard School, Depaw University in Indiana, Lynn Conservatory of Music, among others.Prior to coming to the U.S, Jose L. Leon was a trombone teacher and Brass coach at the “Centro Academico” Montalban within the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra System “El Sistema” in his native Venezuela.
I believe that all students are capable of learning at different levels if they are given the proper guidance. I believe a true educator must be a highly motivated professional, performer, and a pedagogue capable of combining his knowledge for teaching and continuous learning, professional development, and investigation to serve as a facilitator to his students and future professionals. I belief in team working with proven leadership skills able to generate new ideas, analyzing, and resolving any challenge situation. Those that become educators must be dependable and hardworking, patient, noble, and receptive able to defuse difficult situations while keeping the highest energy.
From Left to Right
DEREK MITCHEL- Bass trombone, Lynn University (Full Scholarship)Brevard Music Center (Full Scholarship)
ITA 2017 DONALD YAXLEY BASS TROMBONE COMPETITION WINNER
ROB SCHOOLAR ROSE - Tenor trombone, Music Ed. Florida State University (Full Scholarship)
GUY MANNING - Tuba, University of Miami (Full Scholarship)
WADE JUDY - Tenor Trombone University of Miami (Full Scholarship)
MARCO GOMEZ - Bass Trombone
Juilliard School of Music Undergraduate Student, Staring Fall 2016
San Francisco Youth Symphony Summer Program 2014.
Interlochen Center for the Arts 2015.
Miami Music Project Orchestra 2014.
James Judd Conductor.
National Youth Orchestra 2015
CHRISTOPHER KAERCHER - Tenor Trombone
DePauw University, Indiana (Full Scholarship)
BRYAN DIAZ - Bass Trombone
University of Miami (Full Scholarship)
ISRAEL GUTIERREZ - tenor trombone,
euphonium, bass trombone,
Oberlin Conservatory (Full Scholarship)
VLADIMIR PERALTA - Bass trombone
Carlos Chavez Symphony (Mexico)
MICHAEL NUNEZ - Bass trombone,
University of North Florida (Full Scholarship)
Trombonist and Educator
Jose Leonardo Leon