International Rhythm Course

Organizing institution
HKU University of the Arts Utrecht - Utrecht Conservatory
Course code
Course fee (no housing)
€ 650.00
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The International Rhythm Course is a five day intensive program to solidify the fundamental expressive qualities of rhythm and explore the rich world of rhythmic complexities. The course is led by renowned percussionist B.C. Manjunath and composer/flutist Ned McGowan, professor of Advanced Rhythm and Pulse, and Composition at the Utrecht Conservatory. Special guest will be eminent Carnatic violinist Dr. Mysore Manjunath.

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. 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:

Download the day-to-day programme (PDF)

Course director

Jos Schillings


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.

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
€ 650.00

The course fee is for professionals, scholars, PhD, etc...
A reduced fee for students (Bachelors/Masters level) is €490.

Please note that there is no housing available for this course through the Utrecht Summer School


For the 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.

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Application deadline: 01 July 2019