Josue Gonzales

Josue G.

Miami Beach, FL
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About

Josue delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 7 to 60

Teaching since:
June 2004

Hi, there! My name is Josue and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2004 and have loved helping my students accomplish self-expression, accomplish performance goals, and breaking through previous limitations. I went to Indiana University Jacob's School of Music and earned a Master's degree in Music in 2012. I'm a people's person and a caring person and my teaching style is patient, selfless, and informative. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

How will our lessons work? I customize them completely around what you want to get from them. Some students are focusing on the Classical genre meanwhile others want to learn how to improvise and play commercial music. Whatever artistic direction you want to focus on I can guide you.

Studying together you will benefit by developing a warm, deep and robust sound through exercises such as long tones, tongueless starts, overtones and mouthpiece exercises. We will also focus on instrumental technique by utilizing technical material found in etudes, arpeggios, patterns, scales, solos and many other sources. Reading music is key to performing on the saxophone so we will address sight reading and answer any questions you may have toward rhythm, time signature, rests and note duration. Articulation and time-feel is of the utmost importance when expressing yourself through the saxophone and we will grow from listening to and analyzing the phrasing of world class musicians. You will familiarize yourself with time feel through utilizing the metronome while playing and learning how to internalize it.

Through fun work and self-discipline you will feel so proud of yourself that you have learned how to communicate and speak your emotions through your saxophone as if it were your own voice. I can't wait to help you feel that gratification of accomplishment, see you on the other side in the classroom!

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Experience

Saxophone Instructor
Jun 2004 - May 2010
Gonzales Entertainment

Taught various saxophone students ranging in different levels of skill.

Education

Master of Music
Aug 2010 - May 2012
Indiana University Jacob's School of Music
Bachelor of Music
Aug 2007 - May 2010
Belmont University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Awards

Saxophone Section Leader
Aug 2012
Belmont & Indiana University Jacob's School of Music Bands
Music Scholarships
May 2007
Belmont & Indiana Universities
Outstanding Soloist Award for Concert & Jazz Bands
Feb 2006
Disney Music Days Festival
Drum Major
Jun 2005
Baytown Robert E. Lee High School Band
1st Chair All-Region Classical & Jazz Bands
Jan 2004
Texas Music Educator's Association

Photos & Videos

Enjoy this video art collaboration that I did with my talented video artist Phusol in Miami, FL. The music was recorded in Nashville, TN.
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46 Reviews

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Richard L. May 25, 2017
Saxophone · In studio

Great first lesson with Josue, we are very impressed thus far...

Freddy May 4, 2017
Saxophone · In home

great saxo teacher

Sean Feb 25, 2017
Saxophone · In studio

Both patient and excellent!!

Daniel Oct 17, 2016
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Josue is an excellent musician and a great guy. He is well-versed in multiple styles, and can explain even very complex musical concepts in simple language that you can understand. I highly recommend reaching out to Josue whether you have specific music questions or are just interested in bettering your overall playing and growing as a musician.

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Andrew Jun 14, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

I have known Josue personally for many years. He is an experienced performer capable of playing and teaching many styles and techniques. Come to josue if you want to get chops!

Dustin Bank Jun 9, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

Josue is not only a world-class saxophonist, but also a talented and patient instructor. His passion for others will be evident from the moment you meet. If Josue is your instructor, your lessons will be fruitful, challenging and also a blast!

Harold Jun 7, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

I've known Josue since I was in college. He played with several bands and ensembles, and was always an advanced saxophonist. He loves what he does and that translates into his teaching style.

Randy Jun 3, 2016
Saxophone ·

Josue and I were in college together at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. He is a fantastic musician. Not only does he have fantastic chops and technique on his instrument, he is also very knowledgeable on music theory. He is also enjoyable to work with. When I knew him he always brought a positive attitude and a love of music to the table so to speak.

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Rachel Jun 3, 2016
Saxophone · Online

Josue is an excellent musician, and one i highly recommend as an Instructor. His work ethic is extremely high, but he is patient with those he teaches. If you take consistent lessons with him, i believe you will achieve a high level of craftsmanship with your instrument.

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Jared H. Jun 2, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

I had the pleasure of performing and working with Josue at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, known for it's outstanding jazz program, from 2010-2012 during our Master's degree. You should first know that Josue is a great, melodic saxophonist who always keeps an open mind and ear in regards to music. He has a constant desire to learn and grow. More importantly, Josue is one of the kindest human beings you will ever meet. His spirit is inviting and warm. As an instructor, Josue is honest, open, and helpful in helping a student learn, improve, and maximize their potential.

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DJ Jun 2, 2016
Saxophone · Online

I attended Belmont University with Josue, and I can honestly say he was one of the coolest, most talented saxophone players I've ever met. He has a brilliant mind for improv, and a impressive theory background. If you need sax lessons, go no further--Josue is your man!

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Noel Jun 2, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

You cannot go wrong when choosing Josue as your instructor. A well trained musician with a natural ability and positive personality makes him stand out above the rest.

Tom Jun 2, 2016
Saxophone · Online

Josue is an absolute pleasure to play with. Great tone, smart melodies, wizardlike ears. If you want to learn to play like him, and you do, the best way is to get it from the source. Go look up his music and see what I mean.

Jared Jun 2, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

I have been playing saxophone for the last 15 years, but haven't played in the last 5. Getting my chops back in motion is something I've wanted to do for a while now. Josue is one of the best saxophone players I have had the pleasure of learning from, and was able to give me the right practice material to get me back to where I used to be.

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Jake Jun 1, 2016
Saxophone · Online

Josue is awesome!!! Killer saxaphone player and just all-around a really awesome guy. I'd highly recommend him for lessons if you want to learn or get better at saxophone.

Megan Jun 1, 2016
Saxophone · Online

Josue is a talented musician. Truly unbelievable. Not only that, but be is so kind hearted and a joy to be around! He has a true gift for teaching music.

Jillian Jun 1, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

Josue is an absolute joy to work with. His wealth of musical knowledge is accompanied by his extreme patience and endearing kindness. Any aspiring saxophonist will feel welcomed into Josue's studio and encouraged to continue to achieve their highest potential due to his support and expertise. Josue is wonderful!

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Anthony Jun 1, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

I am a jazz pianist and professor of music at Belmont University. While I have not experienced Josue's teaching, he is a top notch player. It was always a joy to play music with Josue.

Cheryl Jun 1, 2016
Saxophone ·

I've not taken a saxophone lesson with Josue, but I've known him for almost a decade and can promise your experience with him will be amazing! Josue is an exceptional player, and has incredible people skills. He is humble, kind, patient, and a very entertaining sax player, as well! Josue played saxophone for me a few times in college, and I saw him perform many times during our college days at Belmont University. Give Josue a try for a lesson. I'm betting you will love him, and will learn so much!

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Parker Jun 1, 2016
Saxophone · Online

Very helpful and cheery! I used Josue to prep for my college auditions. He rocks!

Barry Kraus Jun 1, 2016
Saxophone · Online

Josue was one of my students at Belmont University. He is an excellent all-around player, versatile in classical and commercial genres. As well, he is a man of integrity and character who left a great impression on his professors and his peers. I highly recommend him as a teacher!

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Matt Jun 1, 2016
Saxophone · Online

Josue is one of those guys that's so good it makes you want to go home and practice. Luckily for my self esteem he's also super nice! He's patient and encouraging. No, I didn't take a formal lesson with him. We were just jamming at his house, but I still got my butt handed to me in jazz proficiency. Josue would be a great choice for someone who's serious about growing as a player.

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Whitney Jun 1, 2016
Saxophone · Online

Josue is an amazing musician, as well as a wonderful teacher and an all-around great person! His thorough training shows and he is an absolute joy to work with! Josue's cheerful demeanor is perfectly suited to teaching, and you could not ask for a more talented or passionate teacher to help you learn to play the saxophone.

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Rob May 31, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

Great guy to work with! Keeps a great attitude and always professional

Melany Watson May 31, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

Had the pleasure of playing a few shows with Josué back when we were both living in Nashville, TN. Josué is one of the most professional musicians I've worked with in Music City USA and Manhattan. Great work ethic and a down right cool hang. Miami is lucky to have him!

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Melany Watson May 31, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

Had the pleasure of playing a few shows with Josué back when we were both living in Nashville, TN. Josué is one of the most professional musicians I've worked with in Music City USA and Manhattan. Great work ethic and a down right cool hang. Miami is lucky to have him!

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Nicholas May 31, 2016
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Josue and I were both in the music program at Belmont University. Josue was an incredible player and disciplined acaedmic, who always displayed his passion for music. I am confident this passion and his quality of musicianship can help any student achieve success.

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Nicholas May 31, 2016
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Josue and I were both in the music program at Belmont University. Josue was an incredible player and disciplined acaedmic, who always displayed his passion for music. I am confident this passion and his quality of musicianship can help any student achieve success.

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Katie May 31, 2016
· Online

Josue is an incredibly talented musician and his positive, encouraging attitude makes for a perfect teaching environment :)

Spencer May 31, 2016
Saxophone · Online

Josue is a first rate sax player/teacher and an even better guy. You'll love working with him.

Josh May 31, 2016
Saxophone ·

I am an active musician of 15+ years, music educator for 5 years and currently work for one of the Southeast United States' largest music festivals. With this knowledge and experience, I can say without a single doubt that Josue Gonzales is a stellar, professional saxophone performer and instructor. I have known Josue for the majority of my professional and academic career in music. Mr. Gonzales holds a driven commitment, which is truly unrivaled by any musician I know, to better his artistry and the musical experience of those around him. Regardless if it is classical music, small-group jazz, big band jazz or Latin, Josue performs each equally with an intense virtuosity fueled by perfect technique and an improvisatory mind for his work. In addition, he is very easy to work with as a bandmate and motivates you to be the best musician you can be as a bandleader and conductor.

Having attended some of the world's best music conservatories and worked beside some of the music industry's elite talent, Josue holds incredible knowledge and experience. Mr. Gonzales has proven time after time his ability to assist student-musicians at all levels in advancing their skill as an artist. You learn impeccable instrument technique, the best practices required to be successful as a musician, the ins and outs of the music industry, innovative improvisation theories and much more.

You will not be disappointed with the instruction and leadership of Josue Gonzales. He will absolutely help you to become a better musician with each and every lesson.


Josh

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Michael Boris May 31, 2016
Saxophone · Online

I had the opportunity to meet Josue Gonzales when we both attended Belmont University. Josue is one of the most talented musicians I've ever had the pleasure of meeting and working with throughout college. Whenever Josue played the saxophone, the stage would instantly light up with his immense skill, joy and passion. He is an excellent representation of the dedication, discipline and knowledge of his craft.
Not to mention, he has always been one of the most kind and humble people I have ever met. He always has a smile on his face, and love in his heart for all people.
He is everything that you could possibly want in a music teacher!

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Amy May 31, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

I first met Josue at Belmont University. He basically lived in the Music Performance buildings, always practicing, learning new pieces, and offering great help to anyone else needing help! He was one of the most easy-going and dedicated musicians I have had the pleasure knowing. He knows the saxophone inside and out, and has always been great as a tutor/instructor! He made learning fun for everyone he helped and always gave great motivation and support!

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Rachel May 31, 2016
Saxophone · Online

Josue is an extremely knowledgeable music educator, as well as a wonderful person. I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Josue during our time at Indiana University. He is a very versatile performer, and I have enjoyed many of his concerts and recitals.

Anyone looking for saxophone lessons as a beginner to a serious or advanced player should consider Josue as their next teacher. His teaching style is suitable from young grade school to adult learners.

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Christian May 31, 2016
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I have not personally taken instruction from Josue, but I have played with him a good amount in the past. I can say from experience that he has an incredibly deep understanding of his craft, and a very easy going personality. Any time spent learning with him would be well worth it.

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Elias May 31, 2016
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Amazing musician and teacher!! Highly recommended!

Josh May 31, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

I went to Belmont with Josue and can vouch for the fact that he was the most in demand player I can remember. Now that he has his Master's degree and even though I have not studied Saxophone with him, I believe a lesson with him would be worth every penny spent.

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Imer May 31, 2016
Saxophone · Online

Josue is a talented musician, but he doesn't just rest on his musical gifting. He practices diligently, and as a result, has grown tremendously as a saxophonist since his years of study at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. He is a kind individual and gives his students both respect and guidance to help them grow & achieve their musical goals.

I highly recommend Josue as an instructor for saxophone in various music genres, including Jazz, Classical, and Latin styles.

Peace,

Imer
www.imersantiago.com
www.elmojazz.com
ocsa.osceolaschools.net

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Melissa May 31, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

Josue is creative, innovative, funny, and easy to work with! If you are looking for a saxophone instructor who will be both challenge you to make better music, while also inspiring you to enjoy music in new ways, look no further. Thankful to know him!

Matthew May 31, 2016
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I know Josue to be a very competent and enthusiastic saxophonist from my time performing with him.

Jonathan May 31, 2016
Saxophone · Online

Josue is a tremendously talented sax player. He is patient with teaching and will make you feel very comfortable. I HIGHLY recommend Josue to be your instructor.

Elliott May 30, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

Josue is one of the most competent and creative saxophonists that I've had the pleasure of working with in the past several years. On top of that, he is a consummate professional with a kind heart. Can't recommend him highly enough.

Shawn May 29, 2016
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I met Josue when we were both classmates at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music. Josue is a true musician and master of the saxophone and can comfortably play in any genre. There is certainly a lot he can teach you!

Joe May 27, 2016
Music Theory · In studio

Josue is not only a consummate professional, but a warm and helpful teacher of music. He is a beast of a player in all styles and I would recommend him to anyone of any age.

Dr. Jeff Kirk May 19, 2016
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Josue was a student of mine while at Belmont University. He is an excellent saxophonists and doubles on flute well. His skills as a musician are superb and I am confident that his teaching will match his skill level. I strongly recommend Josue as your next private lesson teacher.

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Lynn Apr 21, 2016
Saxophone · In home

I'm so thankful for Josue. In his spare time not only has he given me so much insight into the music world, but I've personally seen him train and develop his students so they can grow in all areas of their music career.

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