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Marla Goldstein to lead a frame drum workshop on Sunday.

BRATTLEBORO >> The Brattleboro Area Jewish Community will be hosting Marla Goldstein leading a frame drum workshop titled "Rhythm and Songs of the Tof Miriam Drum." The Tof Miriam is a very special and important instrument for the Jews. Played during the splitting of the Red Sea, it symbolizes freedom, joy, and celebration.

The workshop is on Sunday evening from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at our synagogue at 151 Greenleaf St., West Brattleboro. The workshop is designed for beginners and participants with little musical experience, for advanced players, and for folks just wishing to learn more about the instrument. Not recommended for children under 14 years old.

Goldstein is a Los Angeles based professional percussionist, flautist, composer and educator, and one of three Jewish female Tof Miriam (frame drum) specialists worldwide. She holds Bachelor and Master degrees in flute, percussion and composition from California Institute of the Arts. She is an internationally recognized teacher and performer who presents programs, clinics and concerts at major festivals and music halls throughout the USA, Canada and Europe. She is an inspiring, energetic educator and a soulful, charismatic performer.

The workshop is open to all levels and to both men and women. Some Cooperman Frame Drums will be available to use at the workshop; they will be offered for sale at 10% off for participants. You are welcome to bring your own frame drum or any other hand drum as well.


Cost for the workshop for adults and children is a sliding scale donation of $18, $36, or $54. To reserve a space or for questions contact Stephan at; send payment by check to Bajc, PO Box 2353, Brattleboro, Vt., 05303 or pay at door. Reservations are highly recommended because space is limited to 25 people.

Workshop structure (2.5 hours):

1) Introduction to the Tof Miriam-why the frame drum is an important instrument for the Jewish people to know about (15 min.).

2) Frame Drum Instruction (approximately one hour and 45 min). How to play basic frame drum strokes. Learn Middle Eastern Rhythms, including commonly used rhythms in Jewish music. How to compose your own rhythms. Stepping and Walking with the Drumming. Learn to drum and sing simultaneously exploring Nigguns, Sephardic, and Ashkenazi Jewish melodies.

3) Close with a Tof Miriam Drum Healing Meditation by Goldstein (10 min)

Directions: If you're coming north or south on I-91 get off at Exit 2 and go west onto Rte. 9 west/Western Avenue. Go about two miles to the 7/11 convenience store. It's on the corner of Western Avenue and Greenleaf Street. Take a left onto Greenleaf and go up a short distance. We are at 151 Greenleaf St.; an old white farmhouse with a red barn set back and our sign "Shir-He Harim" is on front of the barn.