Utrecht, Netherlands

International Rhythm Course, Level 2

online course
when 2 February 2021 - 9 March 2021
language English
duration 5 weeks
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 250

The International Rhythm Course Level 2 is a six week online program, meeting once a week, 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 (Assistant Professor of Advanced Rhythm and Pulse, and Composition at the Utrecht Conservatory), the eminent Carnatic violinist Dr. Mysore Manjunath, renowned percussionist B.C. Manjunath, and vocalist Kristina Fuchs (main teacher voice Antwerp Conservatory).

The IRC Level 2 is open for all students who have taken an IRC Level 1 or participated in the Summer School.

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. The rhythmical approach and pieces of B.C. Manjunath take a prominent role in the course materials

The goal of the class is twofold: first to continue where Level 1 left off with the Carnatic exercises and pieces, exploring further concepts and rhythmical structures. Second, to broaden the participant’s knowledge and creativity of how the material can be put into practice. This will be done by analysis of Carnatic compositions and Western music that puts the Carnatic approach into practice. Further, assignments will be given for the students to create their own music with the material.

As in IRC Level 1, the course will explore a limited number of topics in detail. These topics will be learned through the methods of the different teachers and rhythmic exercises and pieces will be taught.

The online experience consists of the teachers demonstrating and explaining pieces, answering questions and participating in discussions. Students can sing or play along at home with the teacher's demonstration.

The format of the classes will be a combination of teaching and coaching methods woven together in each session. All classes will be recorded for future reference of the participants.

Participants are given the opportunity (but not required) to share their own videos of the assignments, which will be collected on a class web page with links to the videos of the lessons.

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


The classes will take place on Tuesdays at the following times (CET):

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

The class dates are:

February 2, 9, 16, 23

March 2, 9

For more information write to Ned McGowan: ned.mcgowan@hku.nl

Course leader

Ned McGowan

Target group

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.

Fee info

EUR 250: course + course materials