The Brazilian Music Experience

Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Morningside Music Tours
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8 reviews
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
8 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 

Your Organizer

Morningside Music Tours
8 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.


All in all this was a great trip and an outstanding opportunity to learn Afro-Cuban songs and rhythms. I really enjoyed traveling with and playing music with the people on the trip, and our Cuban instructors and tour guides were incredible. In the evening we saw some wonderful music at jazz clubs, restaurants, and at the Havana Jazz Festival. It seemed like everywhere we went, in restaurants and on the street, there was music playing, and it was a blast being able to get up and play along with them, The afternoon activities were great also, including the trip to Vinales, the tour of Old Havana, and car ride in the antique cars. And I can't say enough good things about the food. On this trip we stayed with Cuban families. I enjoyed talking with our hosts and learning about their lives. I would also say that I really enjoyed the city of Havana.
By Eric S for Havana Jazz Festival for Musicians and Music Lovers on 29 Jan, 2020
Thanks for the review and I'm glad you were satisfied with the trip, Eric. It was great to have you along and get to know you better.
By Morningside Music Tours on 29 Jan, 2020
This was the emotional high point of any trip I’ve ever taken ~ built around music, with such warm, expressive, bright Cuban musicians leading our every move, and touring us around fabulous Cuba, dining on exquisite cuisine in lush, beautiful settings. I could never have imagined how fabulous Cuba could be, its beautiful, colorful architecture, magnificent flora everywhere, and so hope to return soon, especially with Dan, who has perfected this trip after five years of honing its details, and so well knowing how to handle the people aspects of a group traveling together. Our Casa particulares was lovely, my suite mates on the trip ideal and caring, and the women who cooked our breakfast and brought us every convenience ~ so thoughtful and responsive. Here’s to next year!
By Elsa S for Havana Jazz Festival for Musicians and Music Lovers on 27 Jan, 2020
Thank you Elsa, it was so great to meet you! You had such a positive attitude and you made sure you appreciated every moment. Thanks for the kind words and I hope you can make it next time as well.
By Morningside Music Tours on 27 Jan, 2020
This was the musical trip of a lifetime! Always wanted to travel to Cuba to soak in the music and the culture first-hand --and this was the way to do it. The planning, accommodations, meals, lessons and special events were handled extremely well. The highlight for me was getting the chance to hang out with Cuban people, whether making music together or simply riding in one of those cool taxi cabs. I'd make this trip again in a heartbeat!
By Rebecca C for Havana Jazz Festival for Musicians and Music Lovers on 27 Jan, 2020
It was great to meet you, Rebecca, and hear your wonderful flute playing! Thanks for the kind words and let's keep in touch for sure.
By Morningside Music Tours on 27 Jan, 2020
Highly recommend! We had an awesome time. Just the music lessons alone would have made the trip worth it -- getting to learn from and play with Cuban percussionists was out of this world! Throw in great company, beautiful weather, amazing food, live music everywhere and jazz shows every night ... could you ask for anything more? If you are thinking about going on this trip, you should stop thinking, and just go! I guarantee your future self will thank you.
By Alice L for Havana Jazz Festival for Musicians and Music Lovers on 26 Jan, 2020
Thanks for the kind words, Alice. It was great to meet’ Ziba and get to know you better. I look forward to hearing some of this new knowledge coming out in your drum set playing!
By Morningside Music Tours on 26 Jan, 2020
The Morningside trip to Cuba was a life-changing experience! Words to describe will simply not do it justice- the experience in itself was priceless! Met wonderful people all around- our fellow traveling companions and all our Cuban friends who were our guides, music instructors, and casa particulares hosts. We all felt right at home and well-fed. Wished we did a bit more walking to burn off the food! The trip was well-organized and exciting every day- immersed in crash courses of music lessons and Latin ensembles to captivating live music performances every evening! Should I mention the flan and mojitos were out of this world? Oh, and there were trips to experience the beautiful Cuban architecture and landscape from Havana to the Vinales Valley. Not often do you get to ride in colorful vintage cars daily! To sum it up- returned from Cuba with a burst of energy that will be surrounding me - the people, the music, and the scenery in vivid memory. The organizing team was brilliant and considerate to everyone's needs. Sign me up again, please!
By Padma N for Havana Jazz Festival for Musicians and Music Lovers on 25 Jan, 2020
Thanks and It was wonderful to have you along, Padma! I'm glad it lived up to your expectations and you will be the first to know about future trips!
By Morningside Music Tours on 25 Jan, 2020
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