International Rhythm Course Utrecht

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The International Rhythm Course Utrecht is a six day program taking place at the Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands, where previous and new IRC participants come together in Utrecht to solidify the fundamental expressive qualities of rhythm and explore its rich world to apply to your own music.

The faculty for the IRC are composer/flutist Ned McGowan, eminent Carnatic violinist Dr. Mysore Manjunath, renowned percussionist B.C. Manjunath, and vocalist Kristina Fuchs.

The Carnatic system of rhythm with its practical approach to complexities, forms the International Rhythm Course's 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.

Theory will be given and a deep understanding of the materials in practice will be emphasized. Next to daily classes there will be space for practice, rehearsals, collaborations and performances.

The course will be roughly divided into two streams: introduction to Carnatic rhythm and advanced applications. Depending on each applicant's experience and wishes, one or a combination of both streams are possible.

Next to learning the materials as a participant, a lecture will also be given on basic pedagogy for musicians in the West, to give methods of how to teach it to your students. 

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For more information, see: IRC Utrecht

Course director
Ned McGowan

Target audience

The IRC Utrecht is open for new participants and those who have taken IRC 1, IRC 2 or participated in the previous summer course. The IRC is designed for professionals, college-level students, and experienced amateurs. A high rhythmic proficiency level is not necessary, as theory, exercises and homework are given in a way that the participants can choose their appropriate difficulty. 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.

Aim of the course

The aim of the International Rhythm Course is to solidify the fundamental expressive qualities of rhythm and explore its rich world to apply to your own music.


Course fee:
Student fee:
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Housing fee:
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Housing provider:
Utrecht Summer School
Extra information about the fee

Participants pay one or the other fee.

Additional information

Important: If you wish to make sure of the student accommodation, please note that you must check-out on Friday 14 July. You would need to arrange your own accommodation for the final night. You could also decide to book an additional week of student accommodation, for an additional 200 EUR. If you wish to do so, please email your request to


For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:

Motivation Letter

Contact details


Application deadline: 
Registration deadline
09 July 2023