Jose Martinez

I give a great importance to practicing fundamentals daily covering seven basic areas: stretching/breathing, free/mouthpiece buzzing, long tones, register, dynamics, flexibility and articulation. Going to the extremes is key.


As my mentor Mike Roylance (principal tuba of the Boston Symphony) says: “fundamentals will carry you through your career so start now, do not wait for the audition/competition/examination to get in shape, be in shape during the whole time”. This passion for daily technique sessions started early in my career but specially took off thanks to the teachings of Sergio Finca (tuba of Spanish Brass). Always trying to reinvent myself in order to continue improving my weaknesses, I also credit Chris Olka (principal tuba of the Cincinnati Symphony) in passing me that enthusiasm for fundamentals. Cheers to the never ending possibilities for improvement!

45 mins
USD$30

To simulate the first round of a real professional audition, we will go through the following steps:


*You will provide me with the list of band/orchestral/solo excerpts before our session.

*When the session starts, we will not even say hi to each other until after you are done with the round.

*I will call for the excerpts in whatever order your destiny decides.

*I will take notes as detailed as possible and will send those back to you right after the session.

*We will work on those excerpts for a better comprehension of the suggestions.

*I will record your performance and will share it with you for a better learning experience.


What will you gain from this session? You will be one step closer to reach some of your dreams!


I find essential to have a regimental, detailed and well-organised method of preparation for anything we study or are trying to accomplish -- through trial and error plus tones of honesty that I continually make adjustments to the plan when it is audition time!


It was with Sergio Finca (tuba of Spanish Brass), from 2006, and later on, from 2008, with Ramiro Tejero (principal tuba of the Valencia Opera House) when I opened my eyes into the world of orchestral auditions. From 2010 until 2012, Morten Agerup (principal tuba of the National Orchestra of Sweden) led my improvements and helped me in starting to find the necessary focus required for these high intensity situations. Then, the span from 2013 to 2017 was vital in my life, as I spent under the tutelage of Mike Roylance and Gene Pokorny. With the relief today of having secured the best orchestral job in my home country, I can say that the education received up until that point, coupled with the huge influence and inspirational mentoring of Mike and Gene during this crucial span, brought me to the principal tuba position with the National Orchestra of Spain.

30 mins
USD$40

To simulate a real professional audition, we will go through the following steps:


*You will provide me with the list of band/orchestral/solo excerpts and we will determine the number of rounds before our session.

*When the session starts, we will not even say hi to each other until after you are done with the first round.

*I will call for the excerpts in whatever order your destiny decides.

*I will take notes as detailed as possible and will send those back to you right after the session.

*We will work on those excerpts for a better comprehension of the suggestions.

*I will record your performance and will share it with you for a better learning experience.


What will you gain from this session? You will be one step closer to reach some of your dreams!


I find essential to have a regimental, detailed and well-organised method of preparation for anything we study or are trying to accomplish -- through trial and error plus tones of honesty that I continually make adjustments to the plan when it is audition time!


It was with Sergio Finca (tuba of Spanish Brass), from 2006, and later on, from 2008, with Ramiro Tejero (principal tuba of the Valencia Opera House) when I opened my eyes into the world of orchestral auditions. From 2010 until 2012, Morten Agerup (principal tuba of the National Orchestra of Sweden) led my improvements and helped me in starting to find the necessary focus required for these high intensity situations. Then, the span from 2013 to 2017 was vital in my life, as I spent under the tutelage of Mike Roylance and Gene Pokorny. With the relief today of having secured the best orchestral job in my home country, I can say that the education received up until that point, coupled with the huge influence and inspirational mentoring of Mike and Gene during this crucial span, brought me to the principal tuba position with the National Orchestra of Spain.

60 mins
USD$75

Let's get to work on a topic of your choice!


We could focus on a specific technical aspect of your playing or on anything you want to continue refining your skills.


In my lessons, I try to adjust depending on the needs and the level of the students considering that each of them have a different learning style. In general, I emphasize the importance of having a strong sense of time, pitch and rhythm — “the most important things in music” as Mike Roylance never ceased to ingrain in his students. The use of a metronome, a tone generator and a recording device for incredible improvements in the long run is a must. When possible, in the everlasting quest for perfection, talking about musicianship, tone production or world-class sound would follow as very important features I want my students to instill.


Considering teaching as a two-way conversation between the student and the teacher, I pretty much always intend to suggest ideas, rather than impose those, fostering a pedagogical environment in which the students feel at ease discovering some of the aspects that help me continue growing as an artist. Through this, the students feel control over their growth and in my opinion, that is the most fulfilling way to educate oneself.


As an inspired student myself, I make sure the students are acquainted to powerful messages to accomplish a more positive attitude, greater focus or a higher degree of conscientiousness in the life journey of developing the person alongside the musician. I will always remember the first time I watched a YouTube interview held by Michael Davis (trombonist of the Rolling Stones in 5 world tours) and featuring Gene Pokorny (principal tuba of the Chicago Symphony). Right by the end of it (Part 3), Gene said: “work as hard as you can for that orchestral position but always believe that it might not happen. […] keep at it, it is a possibility that it might actually work. Keep the dream as long as you can”. The goosebumps and the tears still feel so real. This remarkable moment happened in November 2012 while I was living in Boston, improving my English skills in hopes of being accepted into the doctoral program at Boston University — since 2010 I had already started to occasionally work with Gene. However, during the first few months in the city I was not taking any tuba lessons as I was not practicing in preparation for the English exams. It was a difficult time in my life that I was able to overcome thanks to the support from my mentors and my family plus powerful messages such as the one above.


30 mins
USD$30

The importance of Mental Growth versus Physical Growth!


Let's get to thoroughly work on a topic of your choice!


We could focus on a specific technical aspect of your playing or on anything you want to continue refining your skills.


In my lessons, I try to adjust depending on the needs and the level of the students considering that each of them have a different learning style. In general, I emphasize the importance of having a strong sense of time, pitch and rhythm — “the most important things in music” as Mike Roylance never ceased to ingrain in his students. The use of a metronome, a tone generator and a recording device for incredible improvements in the long run is a must. When possible, in the everlasting quest for perfection, talking about musicianship, tone production or world-class sound would follow as very important features I want my students to instill.


Considering teaching as a two-way conversation between the student and the teacher, I pretty much always intend to suggest ideas, rather than impose those, fostering a pedagogical environment in which the students feel at ease discovering some of the aspects that help me continue growing as an artist. Through this, the students feel control over their growth and in my opinion, that is the most fulfilling way to educate oneself.


As an inspired student myself, I make sure the students are acquainted to powerful messages to accomplish a more positive attitude, greater focus or a higher degree of conscientiousness in the life journey of developing the person alongside the musician. I will always remember the first time I watched a YouTube interview held by Michael Davis (trombonist of the Rolling Stones in 5 world tours) and featuring Gene Pokorny (principal tuba of the Chicago Symphony). Right by the end of it (Part 3), Gene said: “work as hard as you can for that orchestral position but always believe that it might not happen. […] keep at it, it is a possibility that it might actually work. Keep the dream as long as you can”. The goosebumps and the tears still feel so real. This remarkable moment happened in November 2012 while I was living in Boston, improving my English skills in hopes of being accepted into the doctoral program at Boston University — since 2010 I had already started to occasionally work with Gene. However, during the first few months in the city I was not taking any tuba lessons as I was not practicing in preparation for the English exams. It was a difficult time in my life that I was able to overcome thanks to the support from my mentors and my family plus powerful messages such as the one above.


60 mins
USD$60

You need a plan in order to reach your dreams!


We could use this session as an introduction to each other and also in order to give a response to the following, or some other, topics:

*Tell me about your dreams.

*Ask me any questions you might have.

*Let's prepare the content of your mock auditions.

*Are you interested in studying in the USA or Europe?

*Do you have any doubts in your scholarship application?


Gene Pokorny (principal tuba of the Chicago Symphony) advocates: “those who are lucky enough to fulfill a career in music after having studied with proven teachers and having experienced once in a lifetime opportunities should pass on the accumulated wisdom to future generations of students and young professionals”. As a fortunate person that I consider myself, it is my hope to be able to influence others as much as my mentors continue influencing me to this day.


15 mins
USD$0
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