About TaKeTiNa®


Immerse yourself into a world, in which body rhythms, rhythms in nature and music become one.


The only instrument you need is your body. Voice, step movements and claps simultaneously guide you into three different rhythmic movements, while a steady supporting drumbeat accompanies your steps. Carried by a groove, your movements start to flow autonomously. The space between the pulses becomes more and more tangible for you, thereby making you wonder, why you have never before encountered this deep stillness that resides in the intervals.

Suddenly, the call and response chanting changes and your movements become distorted. Meanwhile, the rhythm of the group continues undisturbed while you are moving through intense cascades of chaos and order phases. This brief disorientation has a profound effect: every time you find back into the rhythm, you feel more connected, more grounded, more flexible. You are no longer walking and clapping the rhythm – the rhythm starts to carry you.

Finally the sounds subside and the movements become smaller and smaller, until the only existing movements are internal. You lie down. Rhythm pulsates within you and the notion that the rhythm never left you arises within you. You are in deep stillness, you’re one with the power that permeates life – you and the rhythm become one.

TaKeTiNa® is 

  • a PROCESS used in various fields of music, education and therapy worldwide.
  • a PHILOSOPHY that explores how different cultures approach the primordial rhythm and which human learning processes can be triggered through rhythmic learning processes.
  • a METHOD that presents new ways of composing and arranging music. The Waves Project – Symphonic Polyrhythm and MegaDrums were composed and realized using the TaKeTiNa® method.

Musical and personal learning

Everything that is hindering us in life shows up in the TaKeTiNa® process as a rhythmic problem. This can be recognized and transformed in the learning process.

In music, TaKeTiNa® can help you to…

  • develop a profound rhythmic orientation
  • get to know the fundamental rhythmic building blocks
  • develop the ability to improvise in any style of music
  • increase competence with drums and percussion instruments
  • solve the fear of making mistakes while playing in concert
  • learn and understand the many different rhythmic voices of our world
  • improve left-right coordination

In daily life, TaKeTiNa® can help you to…

  • develop qualities and skills essential for living in today’s complex and chaotic world 
  • build physical, emotional and mental resilience
  • develop presence and inner stillness
  • stay focused for exceptionally long periods of time
  • open a space of perception in which several different events are perceived at the same time increasing the ability to process information faster
  • understand chaos as a creative force of life and find an effective way of dealing with it and the state of “not knowing”

the working methods

Body as an instrument


TaKeTiNa® uses the body as an instrument. While using the body for musical expression is as old as humankind – TaKeTiNa® uses vocal expression, hand and feet movements in a completely new way: participants are gradually guided into three different rhythmic movements with stepping, clapping and chanting – a challenge even for trained musicians. Using our methods, this can be successfully learned by everyone even without a musical background. The learning process is therefore direct and profound.


Rhythmic Voice

The sound syllables are developed by Reinhard Flatischler and have no connection to any human language. They are condensed sound and rhythms.

When you speak the TaKeTiNa® syllables, you move from your teeth to your throat, back to your teeth, and finally up to your nose.

Speaking those rhythm syllables over longer time periods activates rhythmic movements in your nervous system which has the power to stop compulsive thinking.In the call-response parts the voice unfolds into a third independent layer, altering perceptions and deepening the experience.


Step movements

Most of the TaKeTiNa® steps consist of lateral movement, which cause an intense stimulation of equilibrium.

Moving, sensing, and shifting the bodyweight from side to side over long periods of time forms a network that brings about a rhythmic orientation and a foundation for autonomous step movements.

The repetitive stepping keeps the participants grounded.


Clapping and arm movements

Claps, rattles and arm movements are generally associated with deliberate movements. They require a different regulation in the nervous system. They represent the conscious element in all the rhythmic layers.

With the simultaneity of autonomous movements in steps and controlled clapping, two normally separate areas of the human are joined. Speaking those rhythm syllables over longer time periods activates rhythmic movements in your nervous system which has the power to stop compulsive thinking.

In the call-response parts the voice unfolds into a third independent layer, altering perceptions and deepening the experience.

Primal rhythmic movements


For the first time in human history we have immediate and easy access to an abundance of different musical voices on our planet. Analyzing recordings from the most remote corners of the world shows that all music emerges from the same primal rhythmic movements. These are the three manifestations of rhythmic vibration: pulse, subdivision and cycle as well as the power of synchronization that leads to the archetypes of offbeats, polyrhythms, and cycles. Learning with TaKeTiNa® means learning at the roots of rhythm. TaKeTiNa® allows each person to physically experience these primal rhythmic movements, opening up a whole new dimension of learning and rhythmic experience.

Relative coordination


TaKeTiNa® works with “Relative Coordination” – a fluctuation between rhythmic chaos and order phases. Repeatedly losing and regaining the rhythm develops a profound trust in rhythm. Doing and letting happen are interconnected, the rhythm fluctuates, is alive and easy to realize, the participant is in a flow state.
At the same time, participants learn to deal with chaotic processes in a creative way and thereby develop physical, mental and emotional flexibility. Inscrutable situations lose their menace, and you learn that there is an instance in everyone who can find the orientation on their own, even when things are “all over.” That gives deep confidence in life.
It also reduces the fear of making mistakes which subsequently leads to making fewer mistakes.

Simultaneous perception


All three rhythmic layers of the TaKeTiNa® process (voice, clap and step rhythms) are in itself simple and elementary. The simultaneous manifestation of all three together however leads to a complexity, which requires a new form of perception – the “simultaneous perception”.

Simultaneous perception is the opposite of “multitasking” which consists of a very fast fluctuation between two, three or more events taking place at the same time. This naturally increases stress, while simultaneous perception is pure relaxation.

The information is processed on different channels simultaneously: sensory and motoric, auditive and vocal, outer vision and inner visualisation are happening at the same time without any time delay. Simultaneous perception is a doorway to inner stillness and a powerful tool for processing information in the daily life of our current complex and chaotic world.

Learning at your own pace


The TaKeTiNa® process allows you to get in contact with the pace in which you are able to learn in the best possible way. You can craft your individual journey within a collective learning process. You are invited to find your personal learning pace at any given moment. Pushing for learning results in a tempo that overrides your capacity can slow you down significantly, whereas taking pauses at the right time can improve the speed at which you are learning.

In the TaKeTiNa® process, that enables everyone to learn in their own pace, beginners, advanced and professionals are able to learn in the same group.


The TaKeTiNa® Rhythm Research shows evidence that TaKeTiNa® brings Heart Rate Variability to an ideal level, helping your body stay healthy and strong while helping to access your intuition. This is why TaKeTiNa® is also used specifically in various forms of therapy.


TaKeTiNa® was developed in 1970 by the Austrian composer and percussionist Reinhard Flatischler. In the 50 years since its inception, TaKeTiNa® has expanded worldwide.

TaKeTiNa® – the origins: the Seventies and Eighties 
  • First TaKeTiNa® workshops in India organized by the Goethe Institute in collaboration with the Indian government
  • TaKeTiNa® presentation at the “Pan Music Festival” in Seoul, South Korea; and its inclusion to the curriculum of the Seoul Drama Centre
  • TaKeTiNa® performances and workshops as part of the “Wiener Festwochen”, “Horizonte Festival Berlin” and “Jazzfest Berlin”
  • Further workshops in Asia, Latin America and Europe
  • Beginning of the first European TaKeTiNa® rhythm teacher training in collaboration with Dr. Wolf Büntig
  • Publication of the first TaKeTiNa® book “The Forgotten Power of Rhythm” (Synthesis)
  • TaKeTiNa® presented at the Lindau Therapy Convention and at the Convention of the European Association for Body Psychotherapy
  • Reinhard Flatischler is elected to the Scientific Committee of the International Society for Music in Medicine. Lectures and presentations during conventions in Los Angeles and San Antonio, beginning of research project with Dr. Koepchen
  • Regular workshops and performances in the US
TaKeTiNa® – the evolution: 1990 – 2010
  • more books are published: “Der Weg zum Rhythmus” (Synthesis), “Rhythm for Evolution” (Schott) and “TaKeTiNa: The Healing Power of Primal Rhythmic Movements” (Ransom House)
  • Founding of the TaKeTiNa® Institute for rhythm education and rhythm research
  • Workshops and performances in New York, San Francisco, and Toronto, as well as in Australia and Europe
  • Workshop and performance at the Conference for Humanistic Medicine in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany
  • “The Power of Chaos in Nature and Music,” a joint lecture with chaos theoretician Dr. Heinz-Otto Peitgen
  • Initiation of the TaKeTiNa® Pain Therapy Project in Göppingen in cooperation with Dr. Gerhard Müller-Schwefe and the German Pain Association (DGS)
  • Beginning of regular cooperations with the Music University in Vienna
  • Beginning of TaKeTiNa® management training and coaching for companies such as BMW, Daimler, Beiersdorf, Supercomputing Systems AG and others
  • English language TaKeTiNa® teacher trainings in the USA and Australia
  • TaKeTiNa® rhythm research: numerous measurements with heart rate variability and electroencephalography provide scientific evidence for the effects of TaKeTiNa®
TaKeTiNa® – today:
  • First TaKeTiNa® rhythm therapy training at the Akademie Heiligenfeld successfully completed
  • TaKeTiNa® workshop with the Auckland Choral Society in collaboration with conductor Uwe Grodd
  • “Waves upon Waves”, an orchestral suite, composed on TaKeTiNa® principles in collaboration with J. Bertl. Premiere in Auckland (NZ) with the Auckland Philharmonia and Auckland Choral Society
  • 2nd composition “Space beyond Space”, also with the Auckland Philharmonia and Auckland Choral Society
  • Beginning of the first TaKeTiNa® teacher training in São Paulo (Brazil)
  • Workshops and lectures in China


TaKeTiNa® is a worldwide registered trademark. Due to its complexity and effects, the TaKeTiNa® group process can only be facilitated by trained TaKeTiNa® teachers. 

If you are interested in using rhythm as a tool in your work with people, please read our information about ongoing and upcoming trainings.