With exquisite drumming skills focused on technique, repertoire and confidence.
With inspiration & support from teachers & students, share your drumming gifts at home and beyond.
Experience the creativity, passion, devotion and health benefits of drumming!
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!
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
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!
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!
Frame Drum 202 is packed with new & extended techniques, rhythms and creative tips to boost your play, improvisation, composition and teaching skills.
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!
Strength in numbers! Join Academy students worldwide for 24/7 support, inspiration, sharing and friendship.
“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,
(*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.)
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
conquering the world, ONE beat at a time…
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!
Email Marla with any questions you have about your learning and she will answer you personally LIVE. Dates and details here.
Boost your learning with this magical quartet of live and replay Masterclasses:
This action-packed 9-video training series covers ALL your music essentials to get you drumming beyond your dreams!
Enjoy featured slides from Layne Redmond’s acclaimed book on the ancient feminine frame drum lineage*.
*Material courtesy of Layne Redmond + Golden Seed Production
This essential 'vault' features traditional & original rhythms to keep you inspired and groovin’ for a lifetime!
This body-and-soul-boosting bonus features a vast drumming and wellness learning library, including a gentle stretch class made specially for our students!
Exclusive access to The Frame Drum Academy’s private Facebook group ~ stay supported, inspired, motivated & connected 24/7.
Learn to drum & sing healing chants from around the world
“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
“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
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!
Lifetime Access to Frame Drum 101 CourseValue: $2,997
Lifetime Access to Bonus TrainingsValue: $1,497
4 Live Q&A sessions, Kick-off call and a Drum Ceremony with MarlaValue: $250
The chance to win a Cooperman drum (see details below)Value: $350
Joy, Confidence and Better healthValue: Priceless
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
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...
* Details to follow. There is only one lucky winner!
They will be announced one month AFTER the FDA program ends.
* A discount code will be given after sign-up.
Thank you Cooperman for being our beloved Academy sponsor.
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!
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!
“Marla is a brilliant musician and teacher. I have been so impressed with her detailed, easily-digested lessons that lead the student step by step through frame drumming and practice techniques. She also is extraordinarily generous of her time and encouragement. I highly recommend the Frame Drum Academy Online.”
"I went from not playing a musical instrument at all to drumming for my yoga classes in a couple of months. Not only has Marla and her Frame Drum Academy turned me into a musician; but I also have increased my confidence, my desire to share my talents with others, and my passion for music and rhythm. I cannot recommend this program enough!"
Meaghan Beishline, Pennsylvania
“I love studying with Marla. She is pure inspiration. Her Frame Drum Academy is super accessible and filled with tons of great learning. I The way Marla teaches frame drumming is all about body brain and soul! Lots of soul!”
Marilyn McLaughlin, Los Angeles
"Joining Marla’s Frame Drum Academy pushed me through the boundries – I now practice strokes in three different styles. It gives a lot more opportunities to combine with my songs.
Bodil Kreative Jorgenson, Finland
"Marla’s enthusiasm and heartfelt commitment to her students shone through every aspect of the program. The instructional videos were very clear and I love having lifelong access to the them."
Janis McCallen, Ontario, Canada
"Marla is the most wonderful teacher!! Everything is completely accessible and she breaks down the lessons so perfectly."
"Amazing detail & easy to follow.Highly Recommend. I was hesitant about how much I could learn online, but was pleasantly surprised how worthwhile the course was in improving my technique & playing."
Jennifer Thomas, Sydney, Australia
"Marla’s teaching is EXCELLENT and opened up so much for me."
Susan Freeman, Ohio
"I have been so impressed with Marla’s detailed, easily-digested online lessons that lead the student step by step through frame drumming and practice techniques. I HIGHLY recommend the Frame Drum Academy Online.”
Linda Schineder, Ohio
"I participated in Marla’s brilliantly presented Frame Drum 202. I work with the videos on a regular basis to learn new concepts and to refresh myself on more familiar techniques - Yet I have barely scratched the surface of the volume of techniques presented. I GIVE THIS PROGRAM A 5 STARS. No one has ever done anything this important for us who crave to learn this material."
Norma Kaplis, New York
"My experience with the Frame Drum Academy 101 and 202 has been amazing. The online courses are clear, easy to follow and a master class of technique and basics of frame drumming."
Sherry Belliveau, Florida