“As a teacher, my mission is to guide my students in a learning process through music, improvisation, and composition. In my classes, I use this tools for the integral development of the student in which they find a space where they can deepen in their personal growth, develop a critical mind, their emotional intelligence and creativity to become artists with a broader perspective of music and its power to create high-level art with purpose and in benefit of the society.”
Jose has worked as a music educator in Costa Rica, the U.S., and around the world for 18 years. Jose Soto has taught in important festivals and organizations such as the BGJI workshop at the Newport Jazz Festival, and the Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, North End Music & Performing Arts Center, Powers School of Music, and Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica. He also has been a guest teaching artist in Chile Escuela de Música Moderna, Panama Jazz Festival, Fundación Danilo Perez, Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, Costa Rica Piano Festival, and many more.
In 2005, Jose co founded the Escuela de Artes de San Pablo, in Costa Rica.
Currently, he is the founder and Educational Coordinator of Orquesta Juventud Esperanza, a free music program that seeks to promote social and civic awareness in the students. The project promotes a creative – musical environment that provides the necessary tools to create a constructive, critical, and comprehensive educational environment through art. The program has a unique educational vision in Costa Rica, where creativity and music serve to the betterment of the Costa Rican society.