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Voice & Rhythm

Lydie Thonnard
Vincent Noiret
MABO - Lycée Maria-Boodschap - Rue de la Braie 22, 1000 Bruxelles

The foundation of Western music consists of rhythm, harmony, and of course, melody. In this course, Lydie and Vincent offer you the opportunity to explore, through a rich and varied repertoire, how to intuitively develop and utilize these elements, which are naturally present in and around us. The body is the primary instrument, with the voice as the means of expression. You will experience how sounds and melodies make the body resonate, and how you can easily connect with rhythms from various musical traditions. Oral transmission and collective practice are central to the learning process.


The course content is divided into three main parts:

  1. Rhythm: Inspired by Konnakol techniques (a rhythmic language used in South Indian traditions), exercises will include polyrhythmic elements, involving feet, hands (and sometimes the entire body), and voice to layer different rhythmic sequences and deeply assimilate them.
  2. Harmony: This focuses on developing perception and awareness of sound through a series of exercises and improvisations. You’ll learn how sounds produced by the human voice resonate and blend to create both consonant and dissonant vibrations.
  3. Singing: The core repertoire includes songs from various traditions, with particular emphasis on rhythmic and harmonic aspects. This repertoire can be expanded with suggestions from participants.


The course is designed for singers of all levels with experience in singing in group, as well as individuals with a special interest in artistic expression through movement. Be curious; we look forward to meeting you! The course can serve as basic musical training for musicians already playing an instrument, or for those wishing to explore music for the first time through singing and rhythm.

The first workshop (Level 1) offers participants the opportunity to explore an accessible repertoire, emphasizing the joy of singing together and practicing weekly.

The second workshop (Level 2) will be more challenging, requiring different skills. It is suitable for participants looking to improve their abilities and willing to engage in more intensive practice.

By who?

Lydie and Vincent teach this course together. They carefully select pieces and exercises to ensure consistency throughout the sessions. They have been playing together in the Auster Loo Collectif since 2023 and chose to collaborate this year due to their belief in their complementary musical and teaching qualities!

A minimum of 8 participants per group is required to organize both workshops. If there are not enough registrations, an alternative time slot will be offered where everyone can gather.

Lydie Thonnard

Lydie Thonnard has been passionate about music since childhood. At first she studied the flute, but she quickly developed her interest in improvisation, percussion and rhythmic music in general. She is currently studying for a bachelor’s degree in ‘Rhythms and rhythmics’ at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels. She is also very active as a musician in various projects, including Auster Loo, Trio O3, Les Chanteuses Anonymes and La Crapaude

Vincent Noiret
Vincent Noiret begins his career as a bassist, double bassist, and singer. His journey leads him to explore many musical horizons: jazz, French chanson, classical music, but it is mainly in the so-called world music that he will gain the most recognition. He will accompany artists as varied as Photis Ionnatos (Greece), Ialma (Galicia), Luc Pilartz and Nicolas Hauzeur (music from Wallonia, the Balkans, Swedish music), Ghalia Benali (Tunisia), and many others. He will also work on projects aimed at a young audience, both in song (Geneviève Laloy, Raphy Raphaël) and in theater with the shows “La nuit du coucou” and “Habanera.”

For the past few years, he has also been developing the duo Nisia with Emanuela Lodato (percussion teacher from Southern Italy) where tradition and original work blend together. Later, the duo became a trio and offers a program focused on dance, and the album “Li Pedi” will be released in 2023. With Emanuela, they will also have the opportunity to conduct various workshops as well as performances for children, using their complementarity and complicity to create a playful atmosphere without losing the educational objective of these workshops.

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Inscriptions open on August 7 2024!

Come and discover this course during the free session on Tuesday 17 September 2024, between 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm.

Collective course (10 courses/cycle)


  • Level 1: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Level 2: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Registration is required from the second course of the cycle. 



MABO - Lycée Maria-Boodschap
Rue de la Braie 22, 1000 Bruxelles


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If necessary the teacher can vary the calendar in consultation with the course members.


This course takes place on Tuesday
Cycle 1
€ 135
Cycle 2
€ 135
Cycle 3
€ 135
For the whole year € 330
Inscriptions start 7/08