International Rhythm Course

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Course fee (excl. housing)
Student fee (excl. housing)
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The International Rhythm Course is a six-day intensive 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. Newly this year, melodic instruments, vocalists and also string players are also invited to have daily workshops with Dr. Mysore Manjunath in Carnatic phrasing. 

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. While the course is primarily geared towards learning new rhythmic technique and approaches, participants will be also welcome to workshop their own music with the teachers.

Further, we will introduce different classes focusing on 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.

Throughout the week there will be a mixture of lectures, classes, workshops, and rehearsals with an opening concert on the first evening. Theory will be given and a deep understanding of the material in practice will be emphasized. One main goal of the course will be the learning, explanation and analysis of several of B.C. Manjunath’s solo compositions (see below).

For more information write to Ned McGowan:

Additional subjects to be covered and developed:

  •  a melodic approach to rhythm; 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

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. If there are any doubts 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.

Study load

There are ca. 6 till 8 hours of contact per day. Throughout the week there is a mixture of lectures, classes, workshops, rehearsals and concerts.


Course fee:
Student fee:
Course + course materials
Housing fee:

The Student fee is for Bachelors/Masters level students.

Housing through: Utrecht Summer School.


For your application, please provide the following: Performers and composers: a biography of your experience with optional links to audio and/or video examples of your playing.

More information

Jos Schillings | E:

Ned McGowan | E:


Application deadline: 15 May 2020