Grades 5-8 Music Teacher
Background & Experience
Schnittman joined the staff in 2007 to teach
our 4th, 5th and 6th grade music program. He received his
BA Cum Laude with special departmental Honors in Music from
New York's Stony Brook University in 1984. He continued
his studies at Stony Brook in the Musicology Master's degree
program before moving to Santa Cruz, California in 1987.
more than 20 years teaching experience, David has taught
a multiplicity of instruments as a private instructor (currently
at the Music Tree in Morgan Hill) as well as music theory,
composition, analysis and jazz improvisation. He
enjoys teaching students of any age and at a wide variety
of levels, including the university level (at SUNY Stony
Brook as a graduate student and Cabrillo College as a guest
lecturer and substitute teacher.)
following several years working as a counselor with SED
children, David was approached by a mental health organization
(EMQ) and asked to create and direct a music program to
serve troubled youths in San Jose. The result, "Music Jam,"
is a wildly successful, weekly community-based music therapy
program and is widely known and recognized as cutting edge
programming for “at risk” kids. Last year "Music Jam" celebrated
11 years of service to the children of San Jose.
is also a successful professional musician whose experience
includes two USO/DOD tours, as well as an amazing tour with
Blues legend Johnny Shines. You can find David locally,
leading his own jazz group, the Dave Schnittman Quartet.
David looks forward to sharing his love of music with the