Rhythm for life: body percussion, drumming and other rhythmic activities.

Rhythm is essential for human health.

In our physical being, our bodily organism is highly rhythmic (circulation, breathing, heart).

In our relationship to our physical environment, we are deeply connected to the cosmic rhythms that underpin the natural world: seasons, tides, planetary movement.

In our social and cultural life, we also participate in gatherings which are celebrated in rhythms: festivals, cultural events. special occasions, that mark the trajectory of our lives shared with family and community.

Increasingly, we are becoming arhythmic. Games once played by children are being lost, and other highly rhythmic activities such as folkdancing are tending to be replaced by sports which ask children to become arhythmic. In a time where young people’s  recreation is heavily influenced by digital technology, the value of bringing rhythmic activity has never been greater.

In this super fun 7 week course we will participate in many rhythmic activities which can be brought into the lives of both adults and primary age children:

  • Body percussion
  • Bodhran drumming
  • Percussion with bones/wood

This program is for everyone: we will start slowly and build up skills, techniques and confidence with joy and energy! 

No experience necessary, all materials supplied.

Our part-time courses are non-accredited and do not lead to a qualification within the Australian Qualifications Framework but rather offer  a Certificate of Professional Development upon completion.

Tutor: Tom Hungerford

Tom Hungerford has taught in Steiner Schools for 25 years, principally as a Bothmer Gymnast and Phys Education Teacher but also extensively in the high school in the Hard Crafts across  range of materials and skill development areas including leather book binding, shoemaking, metal work and more. He has also been a Class Teacher. Tom brings wood carving, copper work and other hard crafts to students in our full-time Advanced Diploma of Rudolf Steiner Education, among many other subjects. 

Tom compressed again

Practical information

This course takes place in the Movement Room at the Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar on Saturday mornings from 9.30am -11.00 am with a break for morning tea included.

Cost: $420.

Places are capped at 28.


Short courses coordinator: Tom Hungerford, telephone 0452 592 903

Seminar Accounts/Office: 03 9876 5199

Email: office@steinerseminar.co2

Term 2 dates

Saturday 7th May – Saturday 18th June 2022

Note:  this schedule includes meeting on the Saturday of the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

How to apply

Applying online is very quick and easy! Click the button below to go to our rapid registration form, to confirm your place in this course.

Important enrolment information

The Seminar is obliged to follow the State Government’s requirements for gathering on site, in relation to COVID restrictions. At the time of publication (Oct 2021) this means that anyone attending the campus must be double vaccinated by 26th November, or hold an exemption. If this advice changes, we will update our information accordingly.