This course invites you to explore the body as a musical instrument through a range of disciplines such as singing, human beatbox, body percussion, konakol. We will approach these different practices through exercises specific to each of them in order to develop tools for expressing oneself in written and improvised collective compositions.

The objective is to provide vocal and rhythmic techniques (articulation, dexterity in debiting, modulation of phrasing, ragga, scat, beatbox sounds, sound effects,) and to arouse the creativity of the participants in order to allow them to develop their musical spontaneity during collective pieces. We can also approach noisy narration with a view to combining, if the group wishes, this research with theatrical, danced or circus forms.

Physical and energetic preparation

Relaxation, breathing, toning, sound and physical massage.

Study of the standing station, postural exercises, search for a good anchorage during the projection of sounds....

Our basis will be to create a ground of availability and listening through exercises of relaxation, breathing, stretching, favoring the anchoring, the tonicity, and the relaxation that these practices require.

About Body Percussion

Exercises and rhythmic games:

Basic work on regularity, awareness of the intermediate spaces of rhythm with body percussion as a tool.

Experimentation of the change of consciousness that one can have from a rhythmic formula over the length.

Engagement of the body, weight in the ground, feeling of support and laterality in the rhythmic cycles.

Binary and ternary division of time. We will use body and vocal percussion to explore all these notions, then we will have fun with games on the repetition of typed sentences. We will also learn body percussion "patterns" with which we will play polyrhythms.

Body and rhythmic exercises, walking and clapping, question and answer games and collective compositions, discovery of basic sounds, exploration of different metrics via “market patterns”.

Polyrhythms: exploration of different cultures of body percussion and polyrhythms (hambones, gumboots, stepping, Latin polyrhythms, West African...).

We will discover rich, subtle and unexpected sounds, and we will develop our psychomotor faculties around rhythmic group games. We will also set up polyrhythms based on existing pieces.

In addition, the voice/bodypercussion combination will allow us to meet psychomotor challenges, and to be able to offer rhythm and melody to ourselves.

Around the voice

Exploration of vocal resonances:

Awareness of the different resonance spaces of the voice in the chest and the nuances of the voices of the heads (nasal, cranial, etc.).

Experimentation with various types of modulations (trembling, jerky, percussive, sustained, etc.) and voice distortion games.

Introduction to overtone singing.

Different tracks to imitate the timbre of melodic instruments (brass, guitar, scratches, etc.)

Exploration of unvocalized sounds:

Awakening and becoming aware of our anatomy, "geographical" route of the areas of the mouth, nasal cavity and throat, stretching and contraction of the muscles of the head.

Articulation and vocalization:

Develop power, precision and velocity in fast flows.

Make sounds when exhaling and inhaling air.

We will approach the voice through the practice of overtone singing, and the imitation of musical instruments.

How to restore the stamp and the sound of a trumpet, a guitar, scratch with our voice? We will discover different spaces of resonances, and different techniques to give particular colors to our vocal sounds.

We will also do extensive work on the articulation of syllables via konakol (Indian vocal percussion practice which consists of singing syllables, while beating the cycle in the hands), via human beatbox (imitation of rhythm machine sounds ), via skat (percussive sung syllables) in order to develop dexterity and velocity in rapid vocal flows.

Technique of Human Beatbox:

Presentation of the range of sounds commonly used by humanbeatboxers: percussion sounds, bass, trumpet, guitar, scratch, electronic sounds, slammed, rolled, trembled, hissed, aspirated sounds...

Dissociate and associate vocal and non-vocal sounds (How to emit mouth noises and vocal sounds simultaneously?).

Manage your breathing, make sounds in apnea, inhaling and exhaling.


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