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A Premium Comprehensive Beginner Level Video Training Program

Your step-by step journey to becoming a skilled, confident & fabulous Frame Drummer in just 4 months!

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 few words from Grammy-nominated percussionist, devoted musician and your teacher, Marla Leigh!

DO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SOUND FAMILIAR?


  • checkmark-orangeYou want to LEARN TO PLAY THE FRAME DRUM, but lack inspiration
  • checkmark-orangeYou dream of DRUMMING WITH OTHERS, but don’t have the confidence
  • checkmark-orangeYou need to boost your ENERGY and HEALTH, but don’t know how.
  • checkmark-orangeYou would love to EXPRESS YOURSELF CREATIVELY, but don’t have the skills.

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

HOW YOU WILL BECOME A DRUMMER

The first sound you ever heard was your mother’s heartbeat. You're already a Natural-Born Drummer!

Now take it to the next level with...


  • STEP-BY-STEP LEARNING

    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!

  • A COURSE TAILORED TO YOU

    This 4 month, 4 module comprehensive training program is designed for the absolute beginner and those with basic playing experience (less than a year).

  • PRACTICAL SKILLS

    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.

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  • SKILLS FOR LIFE

    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.

  • COMMUNITY LOVE

    There is always strength in numbers... join Marla and her Academy students to be guided, get support, share the challenges and triumphs.

CREATIVITY, HEALTH, JOY & PASSION:

This is the Frame Drum Academy experience!

“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 Frame Drum College Course (with a soulful twist).

At 1/4 the cost!


Your 16-week FRAME DRUM 101 COURSE includes:


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


PLUS:

LIFETIME access to all videos/materials

LEARN in your own time, on any device

A NEW, CONFIDENT, MUSICAL and PASSIONATE you!

THE FOUR CORE LEARNING MODULES

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With so many amazing elements included,
Frame Drum 101 is designed to give you OUTSTANDING results...


Our students are people just like YOU:
Music lovers, parents, nurses, teachers, therapists, counsellors, healers, sacred circle leaders 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 - Free Hand Style

Topics covered:

  • Basic playing strokes (Doum,Tek,Ka,Pa,Brush)
  • Persian ‘Reiss Roll’ techniques & exercises
  • 8-beat finger roll techniques & exercises
  • Practice rhythms
  • Groovin’ composition using techniques learned

MODULE #2 - Lap Style

Topics covered:

  • Basic playing strokes (Doum,Tek,Ka,Pa,Brush)
  • Single snapping techniques & exercises
  • Double snapping techniques & exercises
  • 4-Finger “Jazz Roll” techniques & exercises
  • Practice rhythms
  • Groovin’ composition using techniques learned

MODULE #2 - Lap Style

Topics covered:

  • Basic playing strokes (Doum,Tek,Ka,Pa,Brush)
  • Single snapping techniques & exercises
  • Double snapping techniques & exercises
  • 4-Finger “Jazz Roll” techniques & exercises
  • Practice rhythms
  • Groovin’ composition using techniques learned

MODULE #3 - Upright Style

Topics covered:

  • Basic playing strokes (Doum,Tek,Ka,Pa)
  • Alternate ‘Pa’ stroke technique & exercises
  • 4-finger ‘Jazz roll’ technique & exercises
  • Practice rhythms
  • Groovin’ composition using techniques learned

MODULE #4 -The Art & Heart of Rhythm

Topics covered:

  • In-depth exploration of rhythm
  • Intro to North and South Indian rhythm systems
  • Solkattu South Indian vocal percussion & exercises
  • Drumming, counting and reciting practices
  • Improvising & composing exercises in 4, 5, and 7 beat time-cycles (fun!)

MODULE #4 -The Art & Heart of Rhythm

Topics covered:

  • In-depth exploration of rhythm
  • Intro to North and South Indian rhythm systems
  • Solkattu South Indian vocal percussion & exercises
  • Drumming, counting and reciting practices
  • Improvising & composing exercises in 4, 5, and 7 beat time-cycles (fun!)

PLUS, 7 BONUS TRAININGS!

As if over 275 video tutorials and Lifetime Access wasn’t enough,
look at the SEVEN extras we’re including as gifts for you and your learning!


BONUS #1

Four Live Q&A Sessions (30min) & Kick-off call with Marla

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:

  • Glen Velez ~ Grammy-winning frame drummer (replay)
  • Christine Stevens ~ Acclaimed music therapist (replay)
  • Jim Santi Owen ~ Indian drumming specialist (replay)
  • Patrick Cooperman ~ Cooperman Frame Drums (live)

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 Facebook group

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

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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...

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FABULOUS FRAME DRUM SKILLS
 

  • Exude confidence in the 3 frame drum playing styles.
  • Fill your ‘rhythm toolbox’ with traditional Middle Eastern, North African, Persian, Indian & original rhythms.
  • Create fun drum compositions to play by yourself or share with others!

ALL-ROUND AMAZING MUSIC SKILLS
 

  • Attain a deeper understanding of rhythm (using metronome, time signatures, meters and natural inspirations).
  • Improvise and compose freely, with creative zest.
  • Become a one woman/one man band with frame drum, foot-bells and voice!

DRUMMING DREAMS
 

  • Gain mentorship, inspiration & support to drum beyond your dreams.
  • Build the repertoire to reach drum goals, such as teaching and performing.
  • Develop the skills and confidence 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.
  • Stay connected with lifetime membership to our private facebook group.
  • Receive tips and tricks to keep your motivation and joy sky-high!

“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

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 programs at an amazing DISCOUNTED rate!


It's YOUR time to drum NOW!

The Frame Drum Academy is open to new students just
ONCE A YEAR.
Give yourself this gift...

Register for The Frame Drum Academy and you will receive:


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

PLUS:

The chance to win a Cooperman drum (see details below)Value: $390

Joy, Confidence and Better healthValue: Priceless

STILL NOT 100% SURE, OR HUNGRY FOR MORE?

Then read on just a bit further...



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

Accelerate your learning...

Accelerate your Learning...
with our VIP Small Group Coaching Sessions!


Want more skills, faster?

Want more interactive sessions?

Want expert guidance on your DREAM percussive project?

Then this VIP Bonus is for you!


Receive three additional small-group online sessions of
crystal clear coaching, tailor-made around your skillset and goals.


VERY LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE!

Super-boost your pro skills here!
*Extra supplement applies



One of Marla's ‘superpowers’ is that she is able to hone in on her students' skill gaps and strengthen their playing techniques.
Another is her ability to understand their desires and help them to map out their goals or ‘Percussive Passion Projects’(PPPs).


If you choose to become Marla’s VIP, her superpowers have been focused into a super-productive and super-fun structure where you can achieve your dreams... even those you think are currently beyond your reach!


“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

WIN A COOPERMAN DRUM!

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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

NEW COOPERMAN TYMPANUM DRUM, RRP $390*!!!


* There is only one lucky winner!
The winner will be announced November 1, 2020 (after the program ends)
May not be exchanged for another type of Cooperman Drum.

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 a Cooperman drum! (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!


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

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


And final music from some of our Grads!


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! 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!

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.