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Jose Cordero, musically mentoring the next generation in Southwest Florida

Updated: Jan 26, 2021

A two-time Carnegie Hall performer, Jose Cordero is a flutist, keyboardist, music educator, and freelance musician. The multi-talented Jose Cordero’s passion shines when he plays – especially the flute. A graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, Jose shares his love for music throughout Southwest Florida, and beyond and most recently, he began teaching music with Collier County Public schools, mentoring and developing young musicians.

Jose began his musical studies with an emphasis in flute at the Conservatorio de Musica del Tolima in Colombia in 2003 before moving to Florida in 2009. Jose was a member of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, winner in the Florida Flute Association’s High School Flute Choir Competition, the Bach Ensemble, and 1st place in flute in the senior division of the Naples Music Club’s 2013 competition. Jose graduated from FGCU with a bachelor’s degree in music education.

Currently, Jose is certified in K-12 music with Florida and teaches elementary music at Collier County Schools. Jose holds memberships with the National Association for Music Education (NAFME), the Florida Music Education Association (FMEA), and the National Education Association (NEA). Jose is also a soccer aficionado and a vivid Liverpool FC fan.


Music plays an essential part of my faith. For me, it connects me to God, allows us to be closer to Him.

What is your favorite Beethoven musical work? And why?

Piano Concerto No.1. In my humble opinion, it is a well-written work. It has many beautiful and meaningful musical lines, superb orchestration, and lots of modulations, especially in the first movement.

How has Beethoven’s master artistry inspired or influenced you as a creative?

One aspect that I think is influential is that Beethoven lived through both the Classical and Romantic era, which influenced the way he wrote pieces in terms of harmony, dynamics, instrumentation/orchestration, and other factors. In our time, we are influenced by the current music trends and the different possibilities one can create.

Beethoven was a man of great faith who saw music as a medium that could be experienced anywhere. What are your thoughts on the power of the arts to transform lives?

Art is a human expression, and when we have the chance to express ourselves, it means we are alive and that we can demonstrate our human condition. Art also liberates our minds and our being; it can give us the freedom to discover something about ourselves that perhaps we never knew existed.

What is your creative talent, craft and/or profession?

Music and education

How did you get started on your creative journey?

In third grade in Colombia, at a music school.

Where are you now on this journey?

I currently teach elementary music in Collier County. I also play for a church and give private lessons. Before the pandemic, my brother and I used to do performances at different places around town.

What are some of your accomplishments?

Being able to graduate from college and teach music is a big opportunity and an accomplishment that I am very thankful for. Teaching is an opportunity to help students become better versions of themselves and successful human beings.

How do you connect your art to your faith?

Music plays an essential part of my faith. For me, it connects me to God, allows us to be closer to Him.

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William S. Barnett

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