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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
"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 5 stars. No one has ever done anything this important for us who crave to learn this material."
Norma Kaplis, New York
"AMy 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
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! Welcome to the family... we cannot wait to walk beside you on your special drum journey...
DEEP Gratitude to my teachers, without my excellent teachers, I would not be where I am today!
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).