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!
If you answered ‘YES’ to at least ONE of the above, then this is the course for YOU!
“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
Proven teaching method with professional musician and educator of 25+ years. Passionate, dedicated and friendly, Marla inspires focus, progress and results, whether or not you currently own a drum, whether or not you’ve ever picked a drum before!
This 4 month, 4 module comprehensive training program is designed for the absolute beginner and those with basic playing experience (less than a year).
With Frame Drum 101, you will gain ALL you need (techniques, rhythms, compositions & improvisation) to drum in a circle, at a family gathering, in your work or simply for your own joy.
During our journey together, you will be immersed in the incredible, rich world of frame drumming and rhythm, releasing stuck emotions and experiencing a re-tuning of your body, mind, heart and soul.
There is always strength in numbers... join Marla and her Academy students to be guided, get support, share the challenges and triumphs.
“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,
Special Academy lick-off call with Marla!
Over 275 video tutorials!
Seven inspiring BONUS trainings!
Four Live Q&A calls & group support with Marla
Weekly video downloads and PDF's
Fundamental playing strokes in the 3 playing styles (lap, upright and free-hand)
Art and heart of rhythm (Indian rhythm theory & solkattu)
Groovin’ drum compositions reflecting techniques learned
Special Academy kick-off call with Marla
Traditional world & original rhythms
Improvisation & composing tips
Essential musicianship skills
LIFETIME access to all videos/materials
LEARN in your own time, on any device
A NEW, CONFIDENT, MUSICAL and PASSIONATE you!
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 and connected 24/7.
“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
“The Frame Drum Academy has changed my life! I’m already taking on a few students of my own and leading women’s circles.”
~ Jose Dowe, Student
Lifetime Access to the Academy Program (with over 275 instructional videos)Value: $2,997
Lifetime Access to Bonus TrainingsValue: $1,497
Four Live Q&A Calls with MarlaValue: $225
The chance to win a Cooperman drum (see details below)Value: $390
Joy, Confidence and Better healthValue: Priceless
I am confident that this program will help you gain the knowledge and skills to start you on your drumming journey...
which is why I’m offering a risk-free, money-back GUARANTEE.
Follow our program for 14 days.
If you are not enjoying the grooves, contact me to receive a full refund.
So, go ahead and give drumming a try, it just may 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
“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
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!