TAKAPA: Drumming Practices for Meditation & Chanting, Level 1

Your Step-by-Step Guide to Develop a Therapeutic Drum & Chant Practice!

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“Drumming tunes our biology orchestrates our immunity, and enables healing to begin”
Dr Bittman

From Shamans to High Priestesses, Drumming has been used as a prominent tool for healing for thousands of years.

Drumming is emerging as a significant therapeutic tool for healers, yogis and therapists

The drum is one of the most widespread and commonly seen instruments found in almost every culture. The frame drum (my favorite drum) is known to be one of the world’s most ancient and mystical drums, with archetypical and spiritual connections that predate written history.

  • Drumming and chanting have been used in combination for many years.
  • Through the entrainment of rhythm and breath, this practice ofDrumming and Chanting will uplift your spirits, and bring you into a more peaceful state of being.
  • Drum is a melodic voice waiting to be explored.

In this wonderful online E-Video program, you will learn how to use drumming and chanting as a practice for healing and wellness.

Experience the rich, empowering ancient healing medicine of drumming and chanting.

  • Enjoy Drumming? Chanting? Meditation? Spirituality?
  • Are you a Therapist, Coach, Healer, Yoga Teacher who would like to add Sacred Drumming & Chanting to their profession?
  • Searching for a Creative outlet that is good for your Body, Mind and Spirit?




  • 19 Instructional Videos, plus some extra goodies!
  • LIFETIME Access on this website to the videos!
  • When Marla decides to closer her Academy, she will send you the videos in a Zip file (this will be in 30+years).
  • Learn to Play the basic playing strokes (and one extended technique) in the Free Hand Frame Drum style.
  • Learning to play in the Free hand style is a great way to play as you can easily apply these Free Hand Style playing techniques on to other types of hand drums *(ie Dgembe, conga)
  • Learn how to Play a series of 4 Beat Rhythms.
  • Learn how to Play a series of 5 Beat Rhythms
  • Discover your Voice - Introductory Voice Lesson
  • Learn to play a commonly used Chant rhythms
  • Learn to Chant and Drum Together!
  • Program can be learned on any drum type (frame drums preferred)
  • Upon registering, you are granted immediate access to the program.
  • Watch and practice at your leisure (but I suggest to schedule routine practice times)


Program Videos Include:

Free Hand Style Frame Drumming

Lesson #1 – Intro to the Program.

Lesson #2 – Free Hand Frame Drum Lesson – The Doum Stroke

Lesson #3 – Free Hand Frame Drum Lesson – The Ta & Ka Strokes

Lesson #4 – Free Hand Frame Drum Lesson – The Pa Stroke

Lesson #5 – Free Hand Frame Drum Lesson – The Brush Stroke

Lesson #6 – Free Hand Practice Rhythms & Importance of using a Metronome

Lesson #7 – How to apply the Frame Drum Free Hand Style playing techniques onto OTHER types of hand drums (dgembe, dounbeck)

4 – Beat Rhythms for Chanting

Ta Ka Di Mi | Ta Ka Jo Nu

Lesson #8 Learn to play a commonly used Chanting Rhythm #1 Practice Session

Lesson #9 – Lean to play commonly used Chanting Rhythm #2 & Practice Session

Lesson #10 – Learn to play a Variation on Chanting Rhythm #2 Variation (Split Finger) & Practice Session

Lesson #11 – Lean to play commonly used Chanting Rhythm #3 & Practice Session

Lesson #12 – The Voice Lesson – Learn key exercises to strengthen & open your voice

Lesson #13 The Practice: Learn, Sing & Drum with the Ganesh Mantra (Ganesh is the remover of obstacles, yes!)

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Picture from the video course…

5- Beat Rhythmic Mantras (Rhythms) for Meditation

Ta Di Gi Na Tom | Ta Ka Ta Ki TaLesson # 13 – Introduction to 5 beat rhythms, numerology, and Solkattu, (Indian Vocal Percussion).

Lesson #14 – Rhythm #1 & Practice Session

Lesson #15– Rhythm #2 & Practice Session

Lesson #16 Rhythm #3 & Practice Session

Lesson #17 Rhythm #4 & Practice Session

Lesson #18 Rhythm #5 & Practice Session

Lesson #19 DrumMeditation Ritual (please sit by your alter for this)

BONUS #1 – Easy Stretch Routine for Drummers

BONUS #2 – Ways to Continue your Practice

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 7 days and we will give you a full refund.


Music is my medicine; Music runs deep in my blood.


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