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Educator, producer and Ecuadorian musician, begins his double bass studies with teachers Luis Arias and Rodrigo Becerra. Later he continued his independent studies with Rodrigo Becerra until in 2013 he obtained a scholarship to study at the University of Southern Mississippi under the tutelage of Dr. Marcos Machado who is his current professor. William has participated in master classes and festivals in Brazil, Argentina and the United States such as Femusc (Brazil), Festival das Montanhas (Brazil), International Double Bass Festival San Juan (Argentina), and Premier Orchestra Intitute (USA). In addition, he has taken classes with bassists such as Thomas Martin (UK), Catalin Rotaru (Romania), Dr. Michael Cameron (USA), Bill Schettler (USA), Andrew Anderson (USA), Thibault Delor (France), Pedro Gadelia (Brazil) ), Gabriele Ragghianti (Italy) among others. Valencia has given classes and attended the Second International Festival of Contrabajo Latitud Cero in Quito-Ecuador and the International Double Bass Festival of Cusco in Cusco-Peru in 2018.

Valencia has played in groups such as the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ecuador, The Philharmonic Orchestra of Ecuador, National Symphony Orchestra of Ecuador, South Symphony Orchestra Festival, The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble (USM), Symfonic Winds (USM), Band of Fesmusc, Festival das Montanhas Orchestra, Meridian Symphony Orchestra among others. Currently the professor and director of the Mississippi Strings program in the WorX Performance studio and teaches in the public schools of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States. In addition, he is the executive director and founder of Bass Producción Integral Artística and the director of the Guaranda International Music Festival.

He has also won second place in the string competition at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2017 and has won honorable mention for the William T. Groover soloist competition in 2018. He has also been a winner of the Institute funds of Promotion of Art, Creativity and Innovation of the Ministry of Culture of Ecuador for 2 consecutive years and the Guaranda International Music Festival won the Ibermúsicas funds.

Educador, productor y músico ecuatoriano, empieza sus estudios de contrabajo con los maestros Luis Arias y Rodrigo Becerra. Posteriormente continuo sus estudios independientes con Rodrigo Becerra hasta que en el 2013 obtuvo una beca para estudiar en la Universidad del Sur de Mississippi bajo la tutela del Dr. Marcos Machado, en la cual obtuvo su licenciatura. William ha participado en clases maestras y festivales en Brasil, Argentina y Estados Unidos tales como Femusc (Brasil), Festival das Montanhas (Brasil), Festival Internacional de Contrabajos San Juan (Argentina), y Premier Orchestra Intitute (USA). Además, A tomado clases con contrabajistas como Thomas Martin(UK), Catalin Rotaru(Rumania), Dr. Michael Cameron(USA), Bill Schettler(USA), Andrew Anderson(USA), Thibault Delor(France), Pedro Gadelia(Brasil),  Gabriele Ragghianti(Italia), Joseph Conyers(USA), entre otros. Valencia a dado clases y acutado en el II Festival Internacional de Contrabajo Latitud Cero en Quito-Ecuador y en el Festival Internacional de Contrabajos del Cusco en Cusco-Perú en el 2018.

Valencia ha tocado en agrupaciones como la Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil del Ecuador, La Filarmónica del Ecuador, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Ecuador, Festival South Symphony Orchestra, The Universsity of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensamble (USM), Symfonic Winds (USM), Banda de Femusc, la Orquesta de FEstival South, La orquesta del FEstival Internacional de Musica de Esmeraldas, Orquesta Festival das Montanhas, Meridian Symphony Orchestra entre otras. Fue el profesor y director del programa Mississippi Strings en el estudio WorX Performance y dio clases de en las escuelas públicas de Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Estados Unidos. Actualmente, es director ejecutivo y fundador de Bass Producción Artística Integral y el director del Festival Internacional de Música Guaranda.

También ha Ganado el Segundo lugar en la competencia de cuerdas de la Universidad del Sur de Mississippi en el 2017 y ha obtenido la mención de honor la competencia para solistas William T. Groover en el 2018. Además, ha sido Ganador de los fondos de Instituto de Fomento del Arte, Creatividad e Innovación del Ministerio de Cultura del Ecuador por 2 años consecutivos.

Philosophy of music education

Music is organized information that humans through history hear, feel, see and perform to express a feeling of love, hate, violence, or soul necessities. It is the human perception of what we know. It is the organization of sound of the universe and our environment. As humans we organized elements of our environment and music is one of them. This type of information can be organized in different ways, depending of the circumstances of the environment that the composer or composers lived or will live. It will be a different language or style as we call it. However, Music is an effective language and it can cause an immediately reaction (feeling or sensation). This creates identity and shapes humans’ personality. There are different skills that the music can stimulate, and my teaching is based in teach different skills to development of the brain’s children activity.

When musicians play an instrument they have to learn how to coordinate their bodies. This also teaches them fine and grosses motor skills and moving their arms or different parts of their bodies as a consequence of the momentum of music develops both motor skills. Our articulated actions work better when we line up our brain with our bodies and music in total harmony. 

The more connection we develop the faster our response to stimulus. Our brains create paths that connect the right and the left lobes. Our brain becomes a giant web of information. Therefore, the cognitive skills are developed while playing an instrument and this could highly develop the brain cortex. The more they practice the activity the more fluid the activity becomes.

Our feelings are expressed constantly through our lives and music can express how we feel. There is always going to be music that fits a moment of our lives. This moment makes us emotional conscious of our surrenders. Music shapes respect between our colleagues. When we have a rehearsal we work together respecting gender, race, political and religious believes. Music is one when musicians get together to play.

Music does not shape the behavior of children only. It also shapes the futures societies and how they interact. Music is a tool to make people better and it is highly important that new generations. Giving this opportunity to have music in our lives. I had the chance to experience a miracle in music and my philosophy comes from the passion and the science involve in this great and long process. “I often think in music. I live my daydream in music.” Albert Einstein was one of the most important physics of humankind. He understood physics with imagination and for him music was more important than knowledge. The universe is our minds; music connects our minds.

Teaching music not only shapes the behavior of children. It also shapes the futures societies and how they interact. Music is a tool to make people better it is highly important that new generations have the opportunity of music. I have the chance to experience a miracle music. “I often think in music. I live my daydream in music.” Albert Einstein was one of the most important physics of human kind. He understood physics with imagination and for him music was more important than knowledge. Universe is our minds, music connects our minds.


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