Stefanie Schmitz

Stefanie S.

San Diego, CA
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Brazilian samba percussion taught for all ages regardless of experience. Small group lessons are a possibility and even better to play this music in a group. Rhythm exploration with kids is also offered.

About Stefanie S.

Since learning the clarinet at the age of 12 Stefanie has been a band geek, joining the high school marching and concert bands, playing tenor sax in the jazz band, and conducting the college Pep Band. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance on the clarinet at UCSD. Her background also includes the study of jazz saxophone, improvisation, and Brazilian music. Stefanie performs in her own Brazilian choro ensemble and samba drum groups among other local jazz and funk bands. Her love of Brazilian music and drumming has taken her on numerous trips to Brazil, including a recent six month musical odyssey to study and perform there. Stefanie was seen most recently on stage playing clarinet for Lamb’s Players Theatre’s Fiddler on the Roof.

Stefanie’s breadth of experience allows her to teach a wide range of styles to students of all levels. She shares her passion for music while teaching with patience and positive reinforcement. She enjoys working with students to find what inspires them. In addition to private lessons, she offers group workshops including Beginning Jazz and Brazilian Samba Drumming.


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Sep 2015 - Present

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Jul 2012 - Present

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BA in Music Performance, Clarinet
Sep 2001 - Jun 2006

University of California, San Diego



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Teaching Artist Institute
Jun 2016

Arts for Learning San Diego


Nominated for Best World Music
Sep 2014

San Diego Music Awards


California Music Education Association
Apr 2018
CMEA is an affiliate of the National Association for Music Education. NAfME, one of the the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education
National Association for Music Education
Apr 2018
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