International Rhythm Course Level 1, online

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The International Rhythm Course Level 1 is a three 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 (Utrecht Conservatory) and renowned percussionist B.C. Manjunath, with the eminent Carnatic violinist Dr. Mysore Manjunath and vocalist Kristina Fuchs (Antwerp Conservatory).

The Carnatic system of rhythm with its practical approach to complexities, forms the International Rhythm Course's (IRC) basic method for both a foundation and a structured exploration of rhythm in music. The IRC teaches the traditional approach to rhythm from the Carnatic perspective and places it both theoretically and practically next to Western methods. B.C. Manjunath will teach the basics of proper Konnakkol syllables and pronunciation, and the rhythmical approach of his pieces take a prominent role in the course materials.

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The method of the course is to explore a limited number of topics in depth, such as quintuplets, korvai, melodic development, etc… Rhythmic exercises and pieces are taught, explained and analyzed for learning, inspiration and adaptation to your music.

The materials are introduced on both basic and advanced levels and assignments are given with various difficulties from which each participant can choose, according to their level. 

Participants from previous IRCs or other rhythm workshops who would like to review the materials are welcome, and their experience will also be taken into account in the assignments. 

Quotes from previous students of the IRC:

“I thought it was great to have a good mix of "essential" lessons in a seminar fashion and "practice" sessions to deepen understanding of the material and address questions/issues.”

“In my case I think that you are always learning by seeing your own practice and that of others. There were very creative approaches that trigger my new ideas.”

“I really appreciate the combination of theory and hands on practical exercises. Also using western + carnatic notation was great, cross-training the brain to feel+see things from different angles.”

“I think that in this type of course, with different assistants with such diverse musical practices, the content was well balanced. In my opinion, the different contents have multiple degrees of application and practice. From the simplest you can come up with very surprising and enriching practices. Each of the participants will have balanced the quantitative and qualitative aspects of the content presented.”

“It was left up to me to decide what and how to do things regarding the assignments, and that was perfect for me.  As it wasn't a graded course, I could relax into it and soak up what I was able to with no pressure.  Even with my advanced musical training, I was challenged continually!  Excellent!”

“My favourite thing about the course and how you managed to structure it was that it functioned effectively at whatever level the student was at. There were times where I felt "ah! I know this stuff and I'm comfortable with it" and there were simultaneously times where I felt "whoa! that's awesome! I understand it, but it'll take me few months of practice to build myself to that level"

“The rhythm course is very practical for me. I'm writing a new piece and I put many clear elements in it from this course.”

“I haven’t been a student since I left school but this course was so amazing to be a part of. All the teachers were fantastic, clear and precise with time for everyone. For me it was invaluable and an honour to have been a temporary student from the very best in the Carnatic world.”

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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: BC and Ned (pre-corona)

B.C. Manjunath:

Dr. Mysore Manjunath:

Ned McGowan:

Kristina Fuchs:

Group Lesson:

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Course director
Ned McGowan

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), as well as other rhythmical art forms (dance, rap, etc...) . If there are any doubts or questions about qualifications, just write for more information: 

Aim of the course

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

The IRC is intense and requires some practice each day outside of the online classes.


The six days of teaching lessons are on Mondays and Wednesdays, spread over three weeks, at the following times (Central European CET):

16:15 - 17:30 and 17:45 - 19:00

The two coaching lessons take place on the Fridays, and are optional for attendence. 

16:00 - 18:00

The full schedule is as follows:

July 12, 16:15 - 19:00 (always with break) - teaching lesson 1

July 14, 16:00 - 18:00 - teaching lesson 2

July 16, 16:15 - 19:00 - coaching (coachings are optional)

July 19, 16:00 - 18:00 - teaching lesson 3

July 21, 16:15 - 19:00 - teaching lesson 4

July 23, 16:15 - 19:00 - coaching

July 26, 16:00 - 18:00 - teaching lesson 5

July 28, 16:15 - 19:00 - teaching lesson 6

July 30, 16:00 - 18:00 - coaching

For comparison, here are some times in other time zones of the teaching lesson times:

California: 7:15 - 10:00
New York / Boston: 10:15 - 13:00
UK: 15:15 - 16:00
Western Europe: 16:15 - 19:00
Turkey: 17:15 - 20:00
Iran: 18:15 - 21:00
Madagascar: 18:15 - 21:00 
India: 20:45 - 23:30


Course fee:
Student fee:
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Extra application information

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: 
Registration deadline
01 July 2021