Jeanne

Born in Luxembourg, the musical education of Jeanne Schmartz started with violin studies at the Conservatory of Luxembourg City. Later she took classes in classical percussion, and finally discovered the world of Latin music. Jeanne’s interest in Latin Percussion took her to study at Codarts, the Conservatory of Rotterdam, from where she graduated as Bachelor of Music. Jeanne also holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Amsterdam, where she studied musicology. Her love for Latin percussion took her on study-trips to New York and Brazil, where she studied with renowned musicians like Pedrito Martinez, George Delgado, Johnny Almendra, Armando Marção, and Robertinho Silva.

 

Since 2004, Jeanne has been teaching percussion classes and workshops at various schools in Luxembourg as well as in The Netherlands, worked as a teacher in music education projects organized by institutions and initiatives such as SCRIPT, KEK, AXENT (Luxembourg percussion association), MUSEP (association promoting music education in primary schools in Luxembourg), and giving professional development workshops for preschool and primary school teachers. In The Netherlands, she developed a new series of classes in world music at the World Music and Dance Center (WMDC) in Rotterdam, and gave lectures on the history of salsa at the University of Amsterdam.

Jeanne is currently based in her native country Luxembourg, where she works as a music and percussion teacher. She teaches music at the Lycée Technique pour Professions Educatives et Sociales (LTPES) and Lycée classique d’Echternach (LCE).  She is also active as a performing musician with her band Sonido Profundo, promotes artists through her booking agency World Beat Productions, and is an editor for Mixed World Music.