Drum Your Soul Alive!

A Journey into Frame Drum, Meditative Rhythms & Sonic Alchemy (Beginner-Friendly)

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Drum with Marla on a musical path to awakening!
Learn techniques & rhythms,
then play along with professionally-crafted songs.

Inspired by the powerful medicine of Shamanic drum journeys...

You're Adventure Starts Here:


…For thousands of years, Shamans, Priests and Healers have used drumming to awaken the soul, manifest miracles and bring blessings.

Now YOU can unravel the secrets of ancient civilizations with these beginner-friendly trance rhythms designed to transcend earthly dimensions.

YOUR training comes alive with two beautiful frame drum play-along tracks (enhanced by flute, Afghan mandol, strings, singing bowls, bells and ambient textures), tuned to the following magical frequencies:

check528Hz ~ the ‘Miracle Frequency’, ‘Transformation Frequency’ or ‘Heart Tone’

check432Hz ~ the healing ‘Verdi Pitch’

Plus drones & sub-harmonic drones to take your subconscious to deeper levels.

Course Contents



MODULE 1 ~ Basic freehand frame drum techniques (ft. 5 instructional videos)

checkLearn how to play in ‘freehand’ style ~ a perfect intro for beginners and a useful refresher for intermediates

MODULE 2 ~ 'Grounding' (Song 1, ft. 13 instructional videos)

checkStep-by-step learning of the rhythms in Grounding featuring easy-to-follow beginner and intermediate level grooves, as well as a Shamanic drum accompaniment part.

checkLessons in the various Grounding rhythms ~ play-along with Marla in the studio.

checkA professionally-produced track of Grounding so you can jam along at any time (without Marla’s guidance).

checkEach training comes with a PDF of the rhythms notated to help you follow along.

MODULE 3 ~ 'HeartRhythms' (Song 2, ft. 6 instructional videos)

checkStep-by-step learning of the rhythms in HeartRhythms featuring easy-to follow beginner-level grooves as well as a Shamanic drum accompaniment part. Intermediate level players can be challenged by adding variations to the rhythms taught.

checkLessons in the various HeartRhythms rhythms ~ play-along with Marla in the studio.

checkA professionally-produced track of HeartRhythms so you can jam along at any time (without Marla’s guidance).

checkEach training comes with a PDF of the rhythms notated to help you follow along.


checkLifetime access to all material

checkNew skills, smiles and a sound-healing journey that will stir your mind, body and soul!

Little-to-no music experience? Don’t have a drum?


Don’t worry - this Course is perfect for YOU!
You don’t need any drumming or musical skills or experience. It has been designed for both beginner and intermediate level players.

You can use ANY type of hand drum
Lessons are taught on a frame drum, but you can apply the techniques to ANY hand drum.

Don’t have a drum (yet?)
Again, don’t worry - a book, box, pot or body part will do just fine!

Savor the lessons in basic playing techniques, as well as the main rhythms for each song… written for the beginner in mind. This is a great place to begin your journey!

Refresh your playing technique and relish the more complex variations we have created for you, then strengthen your creativity by adding your own twists to the beginner-level rhythms.



The Details


Start any time, learn at your OWN PACE.


Anywhere with internet! Watch, learn and play-along in your exclusive Student Area of our easy-to-use website.
(The course is online only.)

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You have LIFETIME ACCESS to all Drum Your Soul Alive materials, so there’s no rush to become a trance-maker.


ONLY $149!
(course value is $499)

More about the Tracks, Rhythms & Sonic Alchemy

These beautiful, thoughtfully crafted play-along tracks use different vibrations to take you to higher dimensions.



Instruments: Frame drums, Western Flute, Afghan mandol and violin

Rhythms: Trance rhythms in a 3-beat time cycle

Tunings: The main instruments are tuned to the healing frequency of 432Hz. Today’s music is mostly composed and performed using 440Hz. However the lower pitch of 432Hz, known as the ‘Verdi Pitch’, has proven health benefits.

Scale & Mode: Getting technical for a moment, Grounding has a quarter tone on the 3rd (Mi) note of the scale which makes it resonate at 528Hz ~ the Heart or ‘Miracle Frequency’.
‘Mi’ derives from the Latin phrase ‘Mira gestorum’ (miracle). Nerve cell researchers found that 528Hz waves in music boost immunity by enhancing antioxidant activity. Genetic biochemists use it to repair broken DNA, the genetic blueprint upon which life is based. This magical frequency was used by ancient civilizations to manifest miracles and bring blessings and healing.

Track Length: The track is intentionally over 5 minutes long, allowing for ‘Brain Entrainment’ to occur. Simply put, this is the method of using pulses to elicit the brain’s ‘frequency following’ response, encouraging brainwaves to align to the frequency of a given beat. It can induce many states, such as trances, enhanced focus, relaxation, meditation or sleep.

General Notes: Applying the ancient science behind these frequencies, Grounding inspires the listener (and player) to slip comfortably into a profound meditative state.

As you go along, focus on the drones and note how they take you deeper... Unlocking your subconscious and tuning you to Mother Earth’s vibrations.


TRACK #2: HeartRhythms

Instruments: Frame drums, bells, rattle and the Tibetan singing bowl, often used in meditation and healing practices and evolved from the Chinese nao goblet bells c.11th century BCE.

Rhythms: Energizing rhythms in a 16-beat time cycle.

Tempo: Inspired by Shamnic journey work, HeartRhythms takes you from a slow to a fast tempo, guiding the listener (and player) towards a musical, natural ‘high’, elevating one’s subconscious to divine dimensions.

Tunings: Drums and Tibetan bowls are tuned to the magical 432hz healing frequency. 90% of 2,000 musicians involved in recent scientific research preferred this frequency.

Track Length: The track is intentionally over 5 minutes long, allowing for ‘Brain Entrainment’ to occur (see above).

General Notes: Using the vibrations and powerful properties of each instrument, HeartRhythms takes you on a journey into the self, awakening your innermost realizations.

Allow your breath to follow the track’s changing tempo, from deep and slow to shallow and quick, heightening the senses and increasing your natural endorphin, serotonin, dopamine and adrenaline levels.


Only $149!




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Course Curriculum

Your Instructor

Marla Leigh
Marla Leigh

Hello, I'm Marla… a Grammy-nominated musician and one of the few female frame drum specialists in the world today.

Having studied music since I was three years old, music is my first love and greatest passion! I hold a BFA & MFA in Percussion and have been fortunate to study with some of the most world-renowned, inspiring teachers and leading masters in frame drum, Indian and West African drumming.

Delighted to pass on what I’ve learned, I’ve now been teaching for over 25 years. I have seen, first-hand, the amazing power of music to help heal and bring joy. Over 15 years ago, I first started helping students online, when that kind of learning was a strange new world.

The Frame Drum Academy online is my dream child. Born in 2015, we currently have hundreds of happy students and are growing by the day!

DEEP Gratitude to my teachers, without whom I would not be where I am today!

My drum training includes:
  • Education:
    Bachelor of Fine Art in Music (BFA) & Master of Fine Art (MFA) in Percussion from California Institute of the Arts
    Ali Akbar College

  • Percussion teachers:
    John Bergamo, Glen Velez, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Poovlar Srinivasaan, Alfred Ladzekpo, Kobla Ladzekpo, Randy Gloss and Layne Redmond.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Is there a refund policy?
We offer a 3-day, no-quibble refund policy, but we are sure that you will be smitten
Are your teaching videos downloadable?
The DYSA videos are not downloadable, but they can be viewed ANYTIME on our Academy website, to watch on ANY device.
What level is the course for?
This is designed as a self-study course for beginners, with intermediate variations.