International Rhythm Course

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COVID-19 Update: This year the IRC will take place online.

The International Rhythm Course is a two week intensive online program to solidify the fundamental expressive qualities of rhythm and explore the rich world of rhythmic complexities. The course is led by composer/flutist Ned McGowan (professor of Advanced Rhythm and Pulse, and Composition at the Utrecht Conservatory), the eminent Carnatic violinist Dr. Mysore Manjunath and renowned percussionist B.C. Manjunath. Vocalist Kristina Fuchs (main teacher voice Antwerp Conservatory) will participate as coach.

The Carnatic system of rhythm, with its practical approach to complexities, forms the basic method for both a foundation and a deep exploration of rhythm in music. Additional strategies for rhythm from Western perspectives will also be taught. 

The structure of the IRC will be to explore a limited number of topics in depth, such as quintuplets, korvai, melodic development, etc… Topics will be approached from the perspectives of the different teachers and rhythmic pieces will be taught.

Further, we will introduce both basic and advanced topics, available for everyone. Participants from last year’s IRC or other rhythm workshops will be given new material for further advancement.

The online experience will consist of the teachers demonstrating and explaining pieces, answering questions and participating in discussions. Practice will consist of singing/playing along at home with the teacher's demonstration. The main aim of the course is practical: homework will be given to be practiced and demonstrated live or via video. Classes will be recorded for future reference.


To adapt the IRC to an online situation, we have chosen to spread the six days of lessons over two weeks, with rest/practice days in between. Sessions will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, at the following Central European times:

16:15 - 17:30

18:30 - 19:45

On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 15:00 - 17:00, practice sessions on the material will occur with one of the teachers, and be optional. For these sessions, we will explore more individual feedback, practicing in smaller groups in breakout rooms, etc…

Dates of classes: July 6, 8, 10, 13, 15 and 17

Practice sessions (optional for students): July 7, 9, 14 and 16 

Class times in other time zones:

California: 7:15 - 10:45
New York / Boston: 10:15 - 13:45
Great Britain: 15:15 - 16:45
Western Europe: 16:15 - 19:45
Turkey: 17:15 - 20:45
Iran: 18:15 - 21:45
India: 19:45 - 23:15

For more information write to Ned McGowan:

Possible additional subjects to be covered and developed:

  •  the mechanisms of a solid inner pulse
  •  the theory of Tala notational practices
  •  the neuroscience of time in the mind and body
  •  listening and analysis
  •  the standardization of rhythmic vocabulary
  •  the latest in rhythm tech


IRC 2020 (pre-corona)

For B.C. Manjunath see:

For Dr. Mysore Manjunath see:

For Ned McGowan see:

Group Lesson:


Course director

Ned McGowan


Ned McGowan, Dr. Mysore Manjunath and B.C. Manjunath

Target audience

The Course is designed for professionals, college-level students, and experienced amateurs. Performers of all instruments and composers are welcome regardless of style (i.e. Classical, improvised or non-Western musics). Existing ensembles and bands are welcome to apply as a group, as well as other rhythmical art forms (dance, rap, etc...) . If there are any doubts or questions about qualifications, just write for more information.

Course aim

Solidify the fundamental expressive qualities of rhythm and explore the rich world of rhythmic complexities in order to be applied to your own music.


Course fee:
Course fee


For your application, please provide a biography of your experience with optional links to audio and/or video examples.

More information

Ned McGowan | E:

Jos Schillings | E:



Application deadline: 29 June 2020

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