Maria Schneider was born in 1983 near Hanover. Her parents as well as her two older sisters are, just like her, classical drummers. After school in Garbsen, she attended the Berufsfachschule für Musik in Dinkelsbühl, followed by studies with Prof. Edgar Guggeis, Prof. Franz Schindlbeck, Prof. Rainer Seegers and Prof. Biao Li with the degree Diplom Orchestermusikerin at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler in Berlin.
Maria Schneider lives in Berlin and works as a freelance musician. She plays among others with Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra, an 18-member ensemble of classical and jazz musicians under the direction of Daniel Glatzel, Per Anders and Ambrassador.
In the more than 20 years of her musical career she has performed and toured with the Bamberger Symphoniker, the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Staatsoper Berlin, the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, the State Opera Hannover, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart of the SWR and many more. She has also participated in various theatrical productions, including the Schaubühne in Berlin and the Maxim Gorki Theater. She also played for 6 years with the band Strom & Wasser (Heinz Ratz) and was a singer in the band Livegespräch.