Take your Practice to the Next Level
Online Frame Drum Immersion
Video & Live Q&A 4 Month/4 Module Learning Programs
TWO PROGRAMS OFFERED:
Frame Drum 101 – Beginner Level
Frame Drum 202 – Intermediate Level
*REGISTRATION OPENS ON OCTOBER 31,
PLEASE STAY TUNED…
Students from the Live Q&A Class!
ENROLLMENT OPENS IN OCTOBER 24, 2016
PROGRAM BEGINS JANUARY 2017
Join internationally acclaimed Frame drum specialist and Cooperman endorsed artist Marla Leigh on a transformative rhythmic journey. Discover your inner drum meastra/o through the mystical, ancient drum, the frame drum.
With over twenty years of study and practice of frame drumming, Marla is delighted to share this comprehensive training program with you. Marla received a MFA in Percussion from Calarts, where she studied under the great percussion genius, John Bergamo – She has also studied with wonderful percussionists: Glen Velez, Randy Gloss, Alfred Ladzekpo, Kobla Ladzekpo, Pandit Swapan Chadhouri, Poovalar Srinaasan, Trichy Sankaraan and Layne Redmond. Upon graduation in 2000, she has been committed to teaching and performing with audiences and students worldwide, sharing this incredible instrument- the frame drum.
What is a Frame Drum?
In ancient times, in the Mediterranean world, Shamans and high priestesses played the frame drum for rituals, rites of passages and to help induce altered states of consciousness. In today’s society, the frame drum has many applications; It is a great accompaniment for chanting, bellydancing, drum circles ~ sound healing & shamanic drumming – and it is commonly used in folk, world & rock music (yes, Paul Simon and Stings percussionists use the frame drum in their music)
Although the frame drum is found in cultures worldwide, we will be using Middle Eastern drumming strokes to learn this instrument.
Why learn to Improvise?
You can play all the traditional rhythms in the world (there are over 1 million traditional rhythms, lol), but there is something truly special about tapping into your own creativity , and composing your OWN rhythm and song.
You will learn practical tools (inspired from South Indian rhythmic theory) to improvise, play and compose EASILY in any meter
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO TAKE THIS COURSE?
1 – It is essential you have a frame drum before the course starts. If you do not have a frame drum, we have you covered (see below)
2 – Fast internet connection and a computer – Q& A Program will be offered on either Zoom or Google Hangouts. A link to the Q&A Live Webinar will be sent to you before the program starts.
3 – Remember class sizes are small – so if you are interested in taking this program, do not hesitate to sign up! If the sessions are full, it will say it here on the website, otherwise, if nothing is written, there is still room for you to sign up!
Please read below for more information on the program. It is suggested that you take all 4 months together, but you are of course, welcome to take how ever many months you wish. Please feel free to email Marla if you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing you at the course!
WEEKLY DRUMMING INSTRUCTION, INCLUDING:
* THREE recorded video lesson series per module
with between 5-15 videos in each series, that focus on specific topics mentioned below.
* One hour LIVE Q&A Group Class with Marla per module. Q&A sessions will be recorded and links sent to everyone.
*Videos will be available on a online password protected program.
DEEPEN YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF FRAME DRUMMING, AS WE EXPLORE:
*How to play in the three different respective Frame Drum playing styles (upright, lap and free hand).
-How to improvise with easy and joy.
*Learn “Solkattu “(South Indian Vocal Percussion) & the art of understanding rhythm.
-Learn how to compose you own music & rhythms!
Personal attention: Although it is a group program, it will be a VERY small group size, that allows for alot of one on one personal attention for a thorough learning experience .
TWO PROGRAMS OFFERED:
FRAME DRUM 101 – BEGINNER PROGRAM
FRAME DRUM 202 – INTERMEDIATE PROGRAM
Two different Live Q&A Group class times offered that will work with various international time zones!
Build new friendships with a community of like-minded people from around the world
Marla is a Cooperman endorsed artist, and they have offered everyone enrolled in this program a 10% on ANY Cooperman Frame Drum – thank you Cooperman!
Want more one-on- one learning?
Marla is offering anyone enrolled in the course discounts on her private SKYPE lessons.
VERY LIMITED ENROLLMENT, SIGN UP EARLY TO ENSURE YOUR SPACE:
There are two different sessions offered with limited participation. Spaces will fill quickly. lf there is no space left, it will posted here on the website.
Cooperman Drum Discount
It is ESSENTIAL that you have a frame drum before the program starts. Cooperman makes the finest frame drums, and we are thrilled to have them as our sponsor for this program. Everyone who enrolls can get a 10% discount on any Cooperman drum!
SPECIAL DISCOUNT ON COOPERMAN DRUMS:
The Marla Tar , Marla’s custom signature drum, is the suggested frame drum for this program, although any frame drum will be fine. You can view their other frame drums at their website,
Past Student Testimonials
“I learned so much in Frame Drum 101! Marla is a patient and generous teacher, quick with a smile and a word of praise and encouragement. If you want to make friends with your drum, this is an affordable, effective and delightful way to get started. I can’t wait for Frame Drum 202!”
“Marla’s passion for sharing frame drumming is contagious. The excellent quality of the videos and the opportunity to participate in Q&A sessions was enjoyable and a every effective way to learn frame drumming. My drumming skills have improved and I continue to refine technics by practicing with the aid of the videos and notes. The knowledge was shared with a generous spirit …..enough to keep me busy until Frame Drum 202”
“Thank you Marla, you gave us so much in FD 101. Your style is easy to follow, totally approachable and inspiring. I’m definitely interested in continuing with you in the future”.
“Marla is a great and enthusiastic teacher who really cares about her students. She is thorough in trying to give her students all that she can”.
Marla is an amazing and inspiring frame drum teacher! She is passionate and patient and offers a sequence of learning that is easy to follow while being challenging enough for all levels. I highly recommend her Frame Drum 101 class!!!”
“I’m so glad I signed up for Marla’s online drumming class, my drumming has improved and her lessons helped me focus on what to practice and how. Her lessons are a great balance of intuitive drumming and daily practice of rhythms, I loved that she referred to the practice as the “veggies” that’ll make the drumming stronger. Marla is a very good teacher, and I appreciated the open and encouraging feeling of her online q&a calls. I can’t wait for the next session of classes!”
“Marla was marvelous in Frame Drum 101. What a great teacher! I re-learned my basics and received very useful instruction for how to advance my skills. She was so friendly and warm during Q&A. What a privilege to have so many hours of her time LIVE and for a reasonable price. Thank you, Marla – for helping me along on my drumming journey.”
Commonly Asked Questions
IS THIS PROGRAM FOR ME, IM A COMPLETE BEGINNER?
Yes Yes Yes. This is a Beginner – Intermediate Level Course.
Each module has very basic beginning videos that cover the fist steps we learn in frame drumming, which is how to play the basic playing strokes. It goes at a slow pace. There are practice rhythms for each stroke and pattern.
Since this is still a new instrument to many, there are alot more beginner frame drummers – so you will be warmly welcomed by both the Live Q& A Group AND the Private Facebook Group student page
I HAVE HAD SOME FRAME DRUMMING EXPERIENCE, WILL I BE BORED?
No. No. No. Each module begins with a class in how to play the basic strokes. Following that, there are modules in extended techniques, so more intermediate players will enjoy this.
The beauty of Frame Drumming is that each teacher has their how particular style. So I find it great to learn from many different teachers.
Id LOVE TO DO THIS, BUT I DONT HAVE THE TIME TO PRACTICE. SHOULD I TAKE THE PROGRAM?
One can always make time, but I understand, life gets busy.
Remember that DRUMMING is a THERAPY – its not a “Must do” .. when you drum, you are connecting within, to your spirit, – its a healing art-therapy. So, it will immediately make you feel good – much better the surfing facebook, lol
Also, please know that ALL the videos will be available for one year after purchase. So, if you do not have the time to watch the videos that you wish to have, you can always go back to them at a later date
I WAS TOLD I HAD NO RHYTHM, NO MUSICAL SKILLS – I WILL NEVER LEARN?
Ha! I was told I had no rhythm too – well, thats not true, but I definitely never got a lead in a play, because they said I was too fat. ..lol….So… I understand.
I suggest you do a “cutting chord ceremony” for whomever/or whatever experience created this belief – its just a belief ..and its not yours.
Listen, I went to school thinking I waS going to be a Jazz Flautist, and ended up a World Percussionist, how did that happen? Many told me, “you cant change your instrument this late in your life”..Did I believe them, heck no, I followed my PASSION.
Follow your passion, Please!
WILL THIS PROGRAM BE OFFERED AGAIN?
Yes, it will be offered again, probably in August. BUT, the price will be higher – as this is my first time offering this program -so its more in a Beta-testing phase..
I have been involved in music since I was born. My father was a Opera Singer/Doctor – and my mother was a Pianist – my great great grandfather was the violinist for the Zar..and…the story continues…
I began studying music at the tender age of 3. It has served as the one thing in my life that has always been there for me, as a way to express myself, and to find solace in the intense world that we live in. My mother unfortunately passed at a very early age, and I found myself going to my music more and more. I loved to improvise and make up my own songs since as early as I can remember. I would sit at the piano and sing my heart out, then run around my house playing flute (improvising) to the classical music my father was playing. It was these moments of pure ecstasy in music that created my passion and love for this, I feel blessed to still have the creative fire to explore, express, create, and most importantly, SHARE music with the world.
I first studied Classical piano (13 years), then Classical flute (20+ years of study) and then fell in love with percussion while I was studying Jazz Flute (yup, I wanted to be a Jazz Flautist) at California Institute of the Arts (Calarts). I went to Calarts as a flute major and ended up taking every type of world percussion class I could. It was there that I met my mentor and first frame drum inspiration, John Bergamo. – what a genius he was – I am truly grateful for meeting and studying with him for over a decade. I continued on to get my MFA in Percussion from Calarts – and the studying has never ended.
How did this happen? I just happened to go to a college that had one of the BEST world music departments in the world -I just happened to meet John Bergamo while at college , one of the worlds finest hand drummers – I just happened to also study over a decade of time with percussion masters Glen Velez, Randy Gloss, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Alfred Ladzekpo, Kobla Ladzekpo, and Sriji. I also had the great fortune to be mentored under Layne Redmond during her last years. Can someone pinch me, my training was truly with masters in the field. What a blessing, what a gift, and its time to share it!
I began teaching online about 8 years ago, I loved the idea. My first student was someone in Atlanta, then it moved to Canada, Turkey and Dubia. It was so inspiring to reach people all around the world. Because the frame drum is such a specialized instrument, it can be hard to find a local teachers, so I love the idea of offering a way that people from all over the world can learn.
FRAME DRUM 101 has been in the making for a while, and Im so delighted to finally be offering this. I have always wanted to teach in a University atmosphere, and now I can, with my very own Academy, “Frame Drum Academy’. This program, Frame Drum 101 – is the FIRST of many more learning programs to come on TFDA (The Frame Drum Academy). Frame Drum 101 marks a soft launch of my new Academy, with a bigger release in Summer 2016
Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoy the program, make it take you on a beautiful rhythmic journey…