Frame Drums & The Art of Persian Rhythm

Join us for an extraordinary online workshop, delving deep into the colorful and artform of Persian frame drumming & traditional rhythms.

Open to All Levels
3.5 hours of Persian magic awaits...

“Drum sound rises in the air, its throb, my heart. A voice inside the beat says, "I know you're tired, but come. This is the way.”

~ Rumi, 13th-century poet and Sufi mystic

About this Special Workshop:

Join us for an extraordinary three-hour workshop, delving deep into the colorful, mystical and expressive art of Persian frame drumming & traditional rhythms.

You will be guided by frame drum specialist & composer, Marla Leigh, and internationally-acclaimed Persian percussionist, Naghmeh Farahmand.

The rhythms we will teach you, deeply rooted in traditional Persian music, are filled with intricate patterns and cycles, often characterized by trance-inducing rhythms, odd meters and rich embellishments.

Persian frame drums (ie. daf and dâyereh) have a beautiful sound, and create a powerful rhythmic conversation between all players. (It also makes our workshop ideal for those who desire to jam with other players and instruments.)

Whoever you are, whatever your level, come and let the song of your drum be part of this exotic and enlivening conversation.

We look forward to ‘talking’ with you, through fingers and hearts.

ALL WELCOME: Total beginners and the drumless are welcome
~ you can begin your journey playing on a book.

If you have a frame drum, any size of drum is welcome.



Three hours of inspirational and joyful drumming, to include lessons in:

Upright Style Frame Drum :

  • Basic upright style frame drum technique
  • Traditional Persian dâyereh & Daff upright techniques
  • Traditional Persian rhythms for upright style (beginner & intermediate levels)

Style Frame Drum:

  • Basic lap-style technique
  • Persian snap and Reiss roll in the lap style
  • Traditional Persian rhythms for lap style (beginner & intermediate levels)


  • A PDF of all rhythms taught (and there will be many!)
  • LIFETIME access to the recording.

Drums :

  • Any type of frame drum is welcome.
  • If you are "drumless", you can begin your journey playing on a book!

    Two short stretch breaks included



3.5 of live learning, with lifetime access to PDF & Video training replays.

We have you covered. A replay will be provided to everyone who signs up with LIFETIME access.

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Meet your Teachers:


Naghmeh and Marla met about 10 years ago while teaching at the Asheville Percussion Festival. Since then, they have co-led a workshop in Toronto and recorded a percussion duet “Painted Rhythms” (67K views). Take a peek at their flying fingers and beautiful connection.

They are now very excited to offer this special workshop, to play and teach together again, and look forward to more rhythmic collaborations in the near future!



Naghmeh Farahmand,

the daughter of master percussionist Mahmoud Farahmand, has performed with many well-known ensembles in Iran and at festivals in Europe, Asia, and North America while collaborating with Iranian TV for more than a decade. In 2010 she moved to Canada, releasing her solo percussion CD Unbound and collaborating with top performers of world music.

She has vast experience conducting workshops throughout the world.In 2016 she released her first Instructional DVD on Persian rhythms “ The Iranian Daf “ in the international drumming language.


Marla Leigh Goldstein

began playing at the age of three and never stopped.

She is passionate about exploring rhythm from different cultures around the world. She loves bringing people together, teaching and sharing through the universal language of rhythm, including in her Frame Drum Academy, a global drum community and online school (including a free mini course).

Marla has her own line of signature frame drums with the Cooperman Company.

In 2020, she released her debut album, ‘Rhythms of Tof Miriam’, featuring exceptional artists, including acclaimed Israeli oudist, Yair Dalal. Her second album, crafted with mesmerizing Middle Eastern and Persian soundscapes, is due to be released later in 2024.

Marla recently recorded her second album, crafted with mesmerizing Middle Eastern and Persian soundscapes, infusing flute, strings and hand percussion together and inviting the listener to travel to other worlds. (*release date winter 2024)

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