With over two decades of teaching experience, I have supreme confidence that EVERYONE can drum!
Why? When we are in the womb, each one of us is incubated with the sound of our mother's heartbeat. We are inherently connected to rhythm. It is our birthright.
Frame Drum 101 is my signature Premium Training Membership program featuring a vast library of over 175 instructional videos, live Q&A classes and private lessons.
I WILL GUIDE YOU FROM START TO FINISH TO BE AN INSPIRED, CREATIVE & SKILLFUL FRAME DRUMMER!
Designed for both the absolute beginner frame drum student, or a student with basic to moderate playing experience, this program covers both the fundamental playing strokes and key extended techniques for each frame drum playing style (lap, upright, free-hand), as well as musicianship skills, and basic South Indian Solkattu, Indian rhythm theory and improvisation techniques.
The first lessons in each module cover the basic playing strokes. Once these basic strokes are learned, we begin to explore the fascinating world of extended techniques, improvisation, meters and mesmerizing, mystical rhythms. (full course outline below).
THE INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS ARE YOURS TO KEEP FOR LIFE!
Having completed this program, you will have the confidence and skill to drum, with ease and joy, in various meters and playing styles. Now, doesn't that sound good?!?
If you are unsure whether you belong in Frame Drum 101 or Frame Drum 202, please:
History shows us that the frame drum started as a women's drumming tradition in ancient cultures worldwide. Shamans and high priestesses drummed for rituals, sacred rites of passages and to help induce altered states of consciousness.
In today's society, both men and women commonly play the frame drum. It is a great accompaniment for chanting, belly dancing, drum circles, personal healing and sound therapy AND it is commonly used in folk, world & rock musics.
“I consider Marla to be the one of the very top percussion performers in the US of today. She is well known in the percussion community for her performance virtuosity and artful skill with hand drums”
Glen Velez, 4 Time Grammy Winning Percussionist, Marla's Mentor
With her background and dedication, Marla is well positioned to make a significant contribution to world music in general, and frame drumming in particular"
John Bergamo, Marla’s Mentor, Percussion Director Calarts
“Marla is world -renowned and has taught students worldwide through workshops, retreats and also online. A talented artist, she is anchored in beauty, love, and devotion! I highly recommend her.”
Christine Stevens, author, Music Medicine, The Healing Drum Kit
Desire more one on one attention with your playing?
Marla is a very patient and detailed oriented teacher who tailors each session to meet the students needs. During Marla's Private Lessons, she will answer any drumming questions students have about technique, rhythm and music theory. Lessons are recorded!
If you answered YES to any one of these questions, these training sessions are a great fit for you!
During Marla's "Personalized Drum Training Sessions", students delve deeply into their unique, personal drumming journey!
Marla will create an INDIVIDUALIZED PROGRAM that will facilitate your bringing the art of rhythm to life.
Prior to the first consultation, you will answer a survey that will assist Marla in designing your particular session. Each training session will be specifically tailored to fulfill your particular needs.
The sessions are 90min long, and structured as a two-part series, with homework given to ensure you ACHIEVE YOUR DRUMMING GOALS!
In addition to coaching with frame drum technique, Marla can also help you learn things like: Shamanic Drum Journeying & Technique, Healing Rhythms for Group Facilitation, Drumming & Chanting, Vocal Technique and Frame Drum Sound Healing Techniques.
Great for: Musicians, Students who wish to deepen their playing, Professionals in the Healing Arts, Yoga teachers, Therapists, Sound Healers, Coaches, Counsellors, Spiritual Leaders, Music Teachers, Music Therapists, Sacred Circle and Ceremony leaders who wish to use drumming in their work.
Invest in your Rhythmic Health!
You’re worth it!
*These private lessons & sessions will be offered only during the first two weeks of each module. Students will get a sign up form to schedule their time.
We understand finances may be tight. Please note Marla has DISCOUNTED these programs, including her regular online lesson & session fees, and created different membership levels, to make this program accessible to everyone's financial levels. Payment plans are also available for each membership level.
It is assumed that, in purchasing any of the Frame Drum Programs, either individually or bundled, only one user will be accessing the material. By enrolling in my programs, you are agreeing not to “share” the content.
If it is indeed discovered that the curriculum and teachings are being “shared,” that student’s access to the program will immediately be terminated.The content that has been created for this program is protected by copyright. Please respect my work. Thank you for your understanding
"I was hesitant to sign up as I had no experience, but I did know I loved drumming. I took a chance and enrolled in Marla's Platinum level training Frame Drum 101 program and fell in love with the frame drum. The one on one attention really helped me and I now lead a frame drum circle in London Highly Recommend this program!"
-Sarah Brewersting, London
"Do it! I took Frame Drum 101 last year, and just now went back to practice videos. was newly in awe at the material you so kindly gave us, Marla. It's so helpful to have videos to practice with. I liked that each was short which adds simplicity to practice, especially when I only have a short time to play. Also newly struck by creativity in the videos and their playful nature, and how generous Marla is with the material she presents. Looking forward to frame drum 202"
Ann Marie Polanski, Maine
Sign up for BOTH Frame Drum 101 & Frame Drum 202, totaling over 200 Instructional Videos - and SAVE $129
(offer valid until November 30, 2016)
If you were to have only one drum for this program, Marla recommends a 16" drum. This is a perfect size for playing in the various playing styles.
Other sizes will be fine for the program, but your hands may hurt if your playing a bigger diameter drum in the upright style (20"-22"), and the sound will be as resonant if you play a smaller drum in the lap free hand styles!
Here are the suggested drum sizes and playing styles:.
Cooperman Drums is our sponsor for this program. Of course, its not essential you play a Cooperman drum for the program, but they are the recommended drums to play! All students enrolled in this program can receive 10% off any frame drum from Cooperman Drum Company (Thank you Cooperman).
Marla is in endorsed artist with Cooperman and has collaborated with them to create a Artist Innovative Series drum called The Marla Tar. You can visit Marla's suggested drums for this program at this link. In the welcome email for the program, you will receive the discount code for purchasing a Cooperman Drum at 10% off.
Other brands of frame drums are fine for this program too.
(ie Remo, Meinl).
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