The Brazilian Music Experience

Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Morningside Music Tours
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Jul 25 - Aug 1, 2020
Group size: 10 - 20
The Brazilian Music Experience
Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Morningside Music Tours
  • Facebook verified
17 reviews

Jul 25 - Aug 1, 2020
Group size: 10 - 20

About this trip

The music of Brazil is one of the most important expressions of Brazilian culture. Brazilian Rhythms like Samba and Bossa Nova were eternalized by international artists such as Frank Sinatra, Black Eyed Peas, Amy Winehouse, Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock among many others.

The Brazilian Music Experience is an opportunity to explore the City of Rio de Janeiro and to interactively learn authentic Brazilian music from some of Rio's top musicians. This will be an unforgettable, weeklong, cultural trip and learning tour with lessons, percussion classes, workshops, and night entertainment highlighting the best of Brazilian music. Included also is an educational city tour, visiting stunning attractions such as Corcovado, Sugar Loaf and Copacabana Beach.

If you love Brazilian music and culture and are a music student, professional musician, or hobbyist, this trip is for you.  Spouses and friends are welcome to come along.

Classes will take place in the heart of Barra da Tijuca at the famous  Cidade das Artes, one of the most important and complete spaces for the representation of the arts. 

Our host will be Brazilian percussionist Mila Schiavo, who manages the music school at Cidade das Artes and has toured the world performing with many acclaimed acts. 

Come to Rio de Janeiro and have fun learning what makes Brazilian Music so enchanting!

Part of the money raised from this trip goes to a Non-Profit organization that helps children from Rio with free music lessons and art activities.

If you need further information please do not hesitate to ask.

The hotel is 5 minutes' walking distance from the beach! 

Ground Transportation will be in a van with air conditioning.

*Itineraries and arranged sightseeing are subject to change at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond The Brazilian Music Experience / Morningside Music Tours control. Every effort will be made to operate tours as planned, but alterations may occur after the final itinerary has been issued.

Your Hosts - Mila Schiavo and Dan Fox

Mila Schiavo believes that when you love a music style you have to experience the culture where the rhythm came from. That’s why she develop “The Brazilian Music Experience”, so that people can learn and listen to the music where it started in Brazil. Percussionist Mila Schiavo was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is the Coordinator of the School of Music at the City of Arts in Rio de Janeiro. She graduate from Berklee College of Music in Boston, and has a MBA from PUC - Rio de Janeiro. 

Dan Fox, the owner of Morningside Tours, plays trombone, bass and percussion and will be along on this fantastic trip  to help coordinate and also to continue to learn about the vast world of Brazilian music.

Entertainment Venues Included

Beco das Garrafas 




Casa do Choro 

Renascença Clube




City Tour 

  • Corcovado
  • Sugar Loaf
  • Cidade do Samba



Pão de Açucar (Sugar Loaf)


Classes and Lessons

Rio Music Roots
Brazilian Percussion Workshop
Fundamental Concepts in Understanding the Brazilian Feel
Rhythms covered Samba, Bossa Nova, Choro and Baião
Music Instrument Classes (8 hours)
Ensembles (8 hours)
Jam Session

Instruments Accepted
Voice,  Bass, Drums, Percussion, Keyboard/Piano, Guitar (electric and acoustic),  Sax (Alto, Tenor & Soprano), Trumpet, Trombone, and flute.
if you don't see your instrument on this list but want to join, please contact us.
WhatsApp (55 21) 99301.1398 

What’s included

  • 7 nights Hotel in Barra
    Breakfast Included
  • Welcome Dinner
    first night at hotel
  • 5 Days Music Classes
    5 hours per day
  • Night Entertainment
    5 nights
  • Lunch
    6 days
  • Rio City Tour
    Corcovado, Sugar loaf, downtown Rio
  • Ground Transportation
    Including pickup from airport
  • Airfare
  • Drinks / Beverages
  • Dinner
    Unless specified
  • Lunch
    on arrival and departure days
  • travel insurance
  • International Health Ins

Available Packages

Student Single Occupancy
Available until April 20, 2020

Classes + Hotel + Ground Transportation + City Tour + Evening Event Tickets

Deposit: $1,240
Student Double Occupancy
Available until April 20, 2020
Deposit: $1,016
Student Triple Occupancy
Available until April 20, 2020
Deposit: $974
Spouses and Friends Double Occupancy
Available until April 20, 2020

Hotel + Transfer + City Tour + Night Tickets 

Deposit: $655
Spouses and Friends Triple Occupancy
Available until April 20, 2020
Deposit: $618


Saturday (July 25)
Walking Tour of Ipanema

Transfers from Airport to Hotel 

Optional - The Girl From Ipanema Walking tour to Visit the Historical Places of the song

Welcome Dinner at the Hotel (Included) 

Optional - Samba School Rehearsal 

Who’s Going

Your Organizer

Morningside Music Tours
17 reviews
Multi-instrumentalist Dan Fox started Morningside Music Studio in 2007 in Arlington, MA as a music school specializing in ensembles for adults. After bringing groups of students to summer workshops abroad in Genoa, Italy and Mallorca, Spain, it was clear that the combination of an immersive musical environment plus signature destinations made for a rich and fruitful creative experience! Morningside Music Tours provides the opportunity for musicians to learn new skills, perform in an exciting environment, and learn from the best.


Awesome authentic Brazilian music experience! Thanks to Dan, Mila and Guilherme for making it come together. Samba school, Roda de Samba, Choro - all amazing and great learning experiences. Great music at the Bottle Bar close to the hotel. If possible would be nice to know in advance who will be there and book the main area so everyone could have a great seat (or just get there earlier). For performance night, would be good to have a roof over the stage to avoid cancellation, although the venue was a beautiful comfortable place with good food and good acoustics! The hotel was perfect for what we were doing. The location was also perfect in my opinion. Perhaps some improvements could be made with daily sessions. Ensemble practices felt a bit rushed. I think a minimum of 2-1/2 hours would be good. Improvements could be made in the setup - sound system etc., possible a little larger space for the size group we had. Would be nice to get a little more one-one instruction on drums, at least 2 lessons would be good (but a lot to fit in). Lots of nit-picking above to help with future planning. Overall a really great trip and no complaints at all!!
By Mike C for The Brazilian Music Experience 2023 on Sep 22, 2023
This was a wonderful opportunity to immerse myself in Brazilian music, in the company of people who love it as much as I do. Everything was extremely well organised - transport, accommodation, meals and tuition. The music program was very valuable. The organisers were knowledgeable and caring, and were responsive to my particular needs.
By Shelley D for The Brazilian Music Experience 2023 on Sep 15, 2023
Thanks, Shelley! it was a pleasure to meet you and hear your great singing.
By Morningside Music Tours on Sep 15, 2023
Morningside’s trip to New Orleans was a perfect introduction to a city I had always wanted to visit, and the “total immersion” into NOLA’s famous music scene has had a long-lasting effect on me.* So much music was packed into this short Friday-through-Monday trip, yet the pace felt energizing rather than exhausting. Dan guided us to clubs with bands that are an integral part of the New Orleans music scene and that reflect the city’s jazz traditions. Some of the musicians from these bands were part of our jam sessions in the studio by day. And then there’s the food. What should I write about the food? Well, what’s there to say ?? ? - except that it’s New Orleans! and thus, we had great meals. This is one terrific trip. *Now I’m bugging Dan to start a trad jazz ensemble at Morningside Studios - see what can happen?
By MICHAEL B for New Orleans Music Experience on Sep 07, 2023
Great to have you along, Michael, and glad I could help fulfill your desire to make it to NOLA!
By Morningside Music Tours on Sep 07, 2023
As musicians with a lifetime interest in playing jazz music, it was absurd that we had never visited New Orleans. Dan organized an excellent line up of music venues and restaurants and also organized two playing sessions with local musicians. The accommodations he found for us were perfect. New Orleans is a city of musicians. We came home inspired and appreciative.
By Valerie W for New Orleans Music Experience on Sep 06, 2023
It was great to have you all along and get to know you better. Glad you enjoyed the experience!
By Morningside Music Tours on Sep 07, 2023
I recently returned home from a trip to Brazil with Morningside Music Tours. Our host from US was Dan Fox and in Brazil was Mila Schiavo. It was billed as a trip that would be an immersion in the Brazilian culture and musical studies with master teachers. It was all of that and more!  Master Percussionist Mila Schiavo set up classes with other Master musicians and related activities with the locals, that have to be experienced  to be believed. We spent an evening with at a top Samba School as they begin to prepare for Carnival 2024. We went to night clubs where Jobim, Joao  Gilberto, etc. got their start. The class teachers are high level professional musicians and professors, who give excellent instruction and are beautiful people.  To be able to go out in the evening after a day of classes, to hear this same music being performed  in night clubs and large neighborhood gatherings, with everyone  singing along and dancing is surreal! It was magical and soul inspiring! We were also given the opportunity to perform, in a beautiful, supportive atmosphere. Importantly, the organization provided by Mila Schiavo and Dan Fox was top notch! I always felt safe and knew what to expect. The other students were wonderful, talented people, that became dear friends. I’m inspired to study, sing, play, and travel back to Brazil again and again…..
By Kathleen K for The Brazilian Music Experience 2023 on Sep 06, 2023
Thanks, Kathleen. I loved the positive attitude, open-mindedness, appreciation, and knowledge of Brazilian music that you brought along. It was great to get to know you better and I hope you can join another trip sometime.
By Morningside Music Tours on Sep 06, 2023
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