FD 202: THE ULTIMATE TRAINING COURSE FOR INTERMEDIATE PLAYERS

Your 16-week adventure into Frame Drum Mastery!

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Hello potentially amazing Frame Drummer,

I’m Marla Leigh and I’m going to help you

DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF FRAME DRUMMING

so you can:

Walk to your own beat

With exquisite drumming skills focused on technique, repertoire and confidence.

Create rhythms in the world

With inspiration & support from teachers & students, share your drumming gifts at home and beyond.

Drum an extraordinary life

Experience the creativity, passion, devotion and health benefits of drumming!

A word from your teacher ~ Grammy-nominated percussionist & passionate musician, Marla Leigh:

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TAKE YOUR PLAYING TO THE NEXT LEVEL

DRUM ROLL PLEASE...

Congratulations. You've got all the basics down ~ well done ~ you are fantastic! !

Now, how do you move on from playing the same old grooves?

How do you stop yourself from losing momentum, motivation and inspiration?

We've got some good news: The FDA is here to help YOU get to the next level and achieve your drumming dreams with our proven, successful course!

IS FRAME DRUM 202 RIGHT FOR YOU?

  • You want to ADVANCE your Frame Drum skills, but lack inspiration.
  • You should already be familiar with the basic strokes (doum, tak, pa) & some extended techniques (single/double snaps, 4 finger rolls).
  • You dream of PERFORMING, COMPOSING & TEACHING, but don't have the confidence/skills.
  • You wish to SHARE YOUR DRUMMING GIFTS with the world, but don't know how.
  • You want to dive depper into the HEALING benefits of drumming.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If the above sounds too advanced, or if you want to refresh your skills, please start with
Frame Drum 101 or our Academy Bundle for both 101 & 202!

“I consider Marla to be the one of the very top percussion performers in the US of today. She is well known in the community for her virtuosity and artful skill with hand drums.”
~ Glen Velez, 4-time Grammy-winning percussionist & Marla's mentor

Frame Drum 202:
How you will master this ancient instrument!

Hand on chest, feel that heartbeat...
You were born with rhythm hard-wired into your body.

You have a drumming gift ~ NOW share it with:

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  • A PREMIUM COURSE TAILORED TO YOU

    This 4-module intensive program is designed for intermediate players with at least ONE year's experience*. Deepen your existing skill set, repertoire and confidence!

  • STEP-BY-STEP LEARNING

    Proven teaching method from Grammy-nominated musician and educator with more than 25 years' experience.

    Totally dedicated to her students, Marla will make sure you achieve your drumming goals!

  • PRACTICAL SKILLS

    Frame Drum 202 is packed with new & extended techniques, rhythms and creative tips to boost your play, improvisation, composition and teaching skills.

  • SKILLS FOR LIFE

    You will be enabled to lead drum circles, teach, compose, record & perform, use the frame drum in your professional work or simply for your own joy!

  • FACEBOOK COMMUNITY SUPPORT

    Strength in numbers! Join Academy students worldwide for 24/7 support, inspiration, sharing and friendship.

Become a FRAME DRUM PRO while having FUN:

This is The Frame Drum Academy experience!

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“Marla is a brilliant musician and teacher, extraordinarily generous of her time and encouragement. I highly recommend The Frame Drum Academy.”
~ Linda Schneider, Founder, Heartland Rhythms,

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

Designed like a college course (with a soulful twist).

At 1/4 the cost!

Your 16-week FRAME DRUM 202* COURSE includes:


  • Special Academy Kick-off call with Marla!
  • Over 275 video tutorials
  • Eight inspiring bonus trainings!
  • Four Live Q&As with Marla & group support
  • Weekly video downloads with PDFs
  • Extended playing techinques in the 3 playing styles (lap, upright and free-hand)
  • Art & heart of rhythm (Indian rhythm theory, improvising, composing & solkattu) (Level 2)
  • Drum compositions reflecting techniques learned (Level 2)
  • Traditional world & original rhythms (Level 2)
  • Improvisation & composing tips (Level 2)
  • Essential musicianship skills (Level 2)

PLUS:

  • LIFETIME access to all videos/materials
  • LEARN in your own time, on any device
  • A NEW, CONFIDENT, MUSICAL and PASSIONATE you!

(*We have also included some basic Solkattu and freehand instructional videos from the Frame Drum 101 course to provide the necessary foundation for new students who are unfamiliar with the material.)

THE FOUR CORE LEARNING MODULES

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With so many amazing elements included,
Frame Drum 202 is designed to give you OUTSTANDING results...


Our students are people just like YOU:
Music lovers, teachers, parents, nurses, therapists, counsellors, healers, and human beings.

Our graduates are now leading workshops, facilitating drum circles, drumming in their community, incorporating drumming into their professional work, playing in bands, composing their own music, healing themselves and others and
conquering the world, ONE beat at a time…

MODULE #1 - Freehand Style

Topics covered:

  • SPECIAL BONUS VIDEO SERIES: Freehand Style basics from Frame Drum 101
  • 8-beat finger roll combination patterns
  • 6-beat finger roll combination patterns
  • 7-beat finger roll combination patterns
  • Groovin’ composition using techniques learned

MODULE #2 - Lap Style

Topics covered:

  • North Indian split-hand 'tete' techniques & exercises
  • Combining patterns using 'jazz rolls', split-hand technique and solkattu phrasing with foot-bells!
  • Double snapping techniques & exercises
  • Double, triple and quadruple snapping techniques & practice rhythms
  • Groovin’ composition using techniques learned

MODULE #3 - Upright Style

Topics covered:

  • 8-beat finger roll techniques & practice rhythms
  • 6-beat finger roll techniques & practice rhythms
  • Combining 6- & 8-beat finger rolls in odd metered practice rhythms
  • Groovin’ composition using techniques learned

MODULE #4 -The Art & Heart of Rhythm

Topics covered:

  • SPECIAL BONUS VIDEO SERIES: Intro to Solkattu (South Indian vocal percussion) from Frame Drum 101
  • Intro to 'tihai' in Teentaal/16-beat time cycle
  • Solkattu, improvising & tihai in a 7-beat time cycle with practice exercises
  • Intro to South Indian 'Korvai’

PLUS 8 BONUS TRAININGS!

As if over 275 video tutorials and Lifetime Access weren’t enough

look at the 8 EXTRAS we’re including as gifts for you and your learning!

BONUS #1

Four Live Q&A Sessions (60min), Kick-off call & Drum Ceremony

Email Marla with any questions you have about your learning and she will answer you personally LIVE. Dates and details here.

BONUS #2

Special Masterclasses!

Boost your learning with this magical quartet of live and replay Masterclasses:

  • World Reknown Frame Drum Specialist (live training)
  • Glen Velez ~ Grammy-winning frame drummer (replay)
  • Christine Stevens ~ Acclaimed music therapist (replay)
  • Jim Santi Owen ~ Indian drumming specialist (replay)
  • Patrick Cooperman ~ Vice President of Cooperman Frame Drums (live training)

BONUS #3

Drumming Essentials Training!

This action-packed 9-video training series covers ALL your music essentials to get you drumming beyond your dreams!

BONUS #4

"When the Drummers Were Women"

Enjoy featured slides from Layne Redmond’s acclaimed book on the ancient feminine frame drum lineage*.

*Material courtesy of Layne Redmond + Golden Seed Production

BONUS #5

The Rhythm Vault

This essential 'vault' features traditional & original rhythms to keep you inspired and groovin’ for a lifetime!

BONUS #6

Drumming for Health!

This body-and-soul-boosting bonus features a vast drumming and wellness learning library, including a gentle stretch class made specially for our students!

BONUS #7

Private FB group

Exclusive access to The Frame Drum Academy’s private Facebook group ~ stay supported, inspired, motivated & connected 24/7.

BONUS #8

CHANTING & DRUMMING

Learn to drum & sing healing chants from around the world

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Video downloads, Live Q&A, Bonus session schedules:


Video Downloads Live Calls with Marla Bonus Trainings

“Marla has created a wonderful curriculum that is easy for a beginner to follow. Well worth the investment! I took both 101 and 202 and feel confident to improvise, teach, and play with others.”
~ Susan Freeman, Student

WHAT YOU WILL ACHIEVE...

EXTRAORDINARY FRAME DRUM SKILLS
 

  • Gain a library of groovy, extended playing techinques in all three styles.
  • A deeper understanding of poly-rhythms (voice, foot-bell & drum pattern combinations).
  • Advanced flourishes and essential music theory, to aid your play & compositions.

OUTSTANDING MUSIC SKILLS
 

  • Essential up-level music skills.
  • A deeper understanding of rhythm (metronome, time, feel).
  • The ability to play, improvise & compose in ANY meter
    (even the tricky ones!)
    with ease.

YOUR DRUMMING DREAMS
 

  • Mentorship, inspiration & support to realize your goals.
  • Confidence, repertoire & a skillset beyond your dreams.
  • A focus on teaching, leading and performing.
  • The complete foundations to enjoy drumming anytime, anywhere!

BETTER HEALTH
 

  • Learn therapeutic, devotional drumming practices for meditation & healing.
  • Enjoy an (easy) yoga stretch practice made just for our Academy students.
  • Discover community drumming to boost your mental, physical and spiritual well-being.

INSPIRATION THAT LASTS FOREVER!
 

  • Refresh yourself with lifelong access to the full program.
  • Lifetime membership & connection to our private facebook group.
  • Receive tips and tricks to keep your motivation and joy sky-high!

“Marla is world-renowned. A talented teacher & artist, she is anchored in beauty, love, and devotion! I highly recommend her.”
~ Christine Stevens, Author of Music Medicine, The Healing Drum Kit

SAVE WITH OUR BUNDLE PACKAGE!

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CALLING ALL FRAME DRUM LOVERS!

Our BUNDLE PACKAGE is for YOU!


Is this ancient art a deep calling for you?

Do you desire to learn as much as possible?

Would you like to perform, teach or heal with the frame drum?


Then we have the PERFECT option for you!

Check out our Frame Drum 101 & Frame Drum 202 EXCLUSIVE BUNDLE where you
can enjoy BOTH courses at an amazing DISCOUNTED rate!


STILL NOT 100% SURE,
OR HUNGRY FOR MORE?

Then read on just a bit further...



We are confident that this course will help you gain the
knowledge and skills to start you on your drumming journey...
which is why we offer a risk-free, money-back GUARANTEE.

Follow our program for 14 days (from date of first class upload).
If you are not enjoying the grooves, contact us to receive a full refund.
So, go ahead and give drumming a try, it might just transform your life!

“Marla believes in her students so much that we start to believe in ourselves. She does not simply teach the art of frame drumming, she teaches the art of life!”
~ Meagan Beishline, Student

“With her background and dedication, Marla makes a significant contribution to world music and frame drumming.”
~ John Bergamo, Percussion Director CalArts

A QUICK WORD FROM OUR STUDENTS

Final word, from author and music therapist Christine Stevens...

And final music from some of our Grads!

WIN A COOPERMAN DRUM

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(Value $350+)


Every student who completes all the ‘Share the Drum’ graduation challenge (explained in the program) will be entered into our raffle for the chance to win a

A COOPERMAN DRUM !


* Details to follow. There is only one lucky winner!
They will be announced one month AFTER the FDA program ends.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We have covered our most commonly asked questions below!

Yes, you can either pay in full or select our easy 4-month payment plan option!

To help during COVID, we haven’t added additional fees to our payment plans this year. We want to make our courses accessible to all. In a nutshell, we want you there with us!

Yes! Our courses are completely risk-free. Drum away for 14 days after the first download, and if, for any reason, you decide it isn’t for you, simply email us and we will refund you... it's that easy!

*First download is June 4, 2021 *Refund policy ends July 18, 2021

Yes! All of our videos are downloadable. Enjoy ANYTIME, ANYWHERE!

No, they are just there if you have questions, challenges or would like extra support.

Both programs feature an incredibly rich curriculum and deeply transformative experience for students. The difference is just the level.

FRAME DRUM 101:
For the beginner, or student with minimal playing experience

FRAME DRUM 202
For the student who has had at least a year of playing experience.

BUNDLE PACKAGE: 101 & 202 combined
*Save $100 - best Academy price!

Yes, that is exactly the course of action I recommend!

Please view our FAQ page

YOUR FRAME DRUM INFO

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What size drum is best for this course?

—While all are fine, I recommend a 16” drum to begin with, as it is the perfect size for comfortable playing in all 3 playing styles.

Where can I buy a good frame drum?

—Cooperman Drums is our sponsor and ALL my students receive a 10% DISCOUNT on any two Cooperman drums! (Discount code given when you sign up.) Other drum brands are fine as well (ie Remo, Meinl etc.)

I’m late to the party! Can I buy a good frame drum in a hurry?

—Yes! There are plenty of options (like Remo 16”) with OVERNIGHT delivery on Amazon for less than $50!

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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.


Here's what Marla's students are saying (testimonials):