HEALING BEATS SERIES: Rhythm, Ritual & Drumming in 7-Beats (beginner-friendly!)

The Art of Drumming, Rhythm, Chanting and Rituals in 7.

The pandemic has served as a reminder that our lives are a precious gift, every BEAT of them. It is vitally important for our physical and mental health to express ourselves creatively, to shift focus away from the negatives and to acknowledge the good.

We are excited to bring you our special 2.5 hour online workshop replay ~ where we celebrate life through the art and expression of music and spirituality...

Together, we will learn ways to approach your DRUMMING to optimize its HEALING POTENTIAL!

What is a Frame Drum?


Known for its deep spiritual connection, and restorative, relaxing properties, the frame drum was played in many cultures for ceremony, sacred rites of passage and celebration.

It does not matter if you have never heard of the frame drum, never played an instrument before, or if your fingers have become rusty and your drums dusty, this fun musical workshop will guide you to be more creative and hopefully discover/refresh a healthy addiction.

You will leave our workshop with a fresh perspective on ~ as well as
new skills and rituals in ~ rhythm, drumming, chanting and hopefully some exciting musical dreams.

checkOpen to ALL LEVELS.

checkYou also don’t need a drum ~ a box, pot, or book is just fine.

checkGive yourself the GIFT of healing music, it just may CHANGE your life!

“The way Marla teaches frame drumming is all about body brain and soul! Lots of soul!”.”
~ Maryiln




checkTrance rhythms for healing and entrainment in a 7 beat time cycle

checkHow to improvise and create your own 7-beat rhythms

checkNumerology & Spiritual meaning of the number 7

checkPlaying techniques for frame drum (that can be applied to other types of hand drums!)

checkDrumming & Chanting/Toning

checkDrumming Rituals (using rhythms we learned in this workshop)

checkLIFETIME Access to program


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Marla is such a generous and empowering teacher!
Her passion for drumming is infectious

- Meaghan - Yoga teacher

​"The day that I stop drumming, is the day that I will stop living.” ~ Rumi

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!

DEEP Gratitude to my teachers, without whom 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.