El Mirage, AZ

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I have the time, knowledge, resources, experience, family support and most of all passion to take the time to develop and write custom drum lessons for students. This gives the student the chance to learn drums using songs and artists they like. Books often maintain a "modeled format" in order to be marketed at a profit. Unfortunately this leaves a lot off the table when learning. I also like to take a single book and write additional lessons from it that are better than the book and tailor it to the strengths and weaknesses of the student. I absolutely LOVE to do what I do!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

It's very fulfilling and gratifying to help teach others about the drumming. Especially younger kids. I'm blessed to be able to share my knowledge, passing along the "torch" so-to-speak, to people of all ages regarding something I'm so passionate about. Over the years I've seen my students grow up and grow into there drumming abilities as an art form and as a form of entertainment and although many drum as simply a hobby, it becomes a passionate aspect of their lives.


El Mirage, AZ 85335

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17 Reviews
  • Shea H. Oct 26, 2016
    Drum Lessons (for children or teenagers)
    Verified Review
    Eddie is awesome!
    Eddie is an excellent instructor!! This was my son's first drum lesson and he left Eddies session confident and eager to learn more! We look forward to coming back !!
  • Michelle T. Jul 21, 2016
    Drum Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Eddie is a darn good drummer and a darn good teacher! It's awesome to listen to him play the drums, but he is more than willing to start at the basics with a beginner.
  • Sandra S. Nov 7, 2015
    Drum Lessons (for children or teenagers)
    Verified Review
    Eddie is truly a blessing. He really has taken the time to get to know my son, and tailor his approach to positively motivate him. He is patient, professional, and easy going. My son had gotten to the point with a previous teacher where he dreaded lessons, now he is thriving and motivated. Eddie is also very accommodating when it comes to scheduling. We could not be happier, and look forward to a long relationship with him.
  • Becky R. Aug 30, 2015
    Drum Lessons (for children or teenagers)
    Verified Review
    Eddie is great!
  • Devo C. Feb 2, 2015
    Eddie is an excellent drummer with probably the best head for remembering arrangements old and new than any drummer I have ever worked with. Eddie is on time, and puts in all he has to help the ensemble succeed.
  • Brandon C. Feb 1, 2015
    Drum Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Craig D. Jan 29, 2015
    My son (6 years old) began taking lessons from Eddie about 9 months ago. I wondered if that might be too young to start formal lessons. I was forced to take piano lessons as a child, and it was not a great experience. Eddie has such a warm sense of humor and hospitality that he immediately put my son at ease. Eddie is truly gifted not only as drummer, but as a teacher. He is extremely creative and finds a way to connect with each of his students individually. We are incredibly thankful to have found a teacher who absolutely understands how to reach students of all ages and skill levels. He makes learning fun and is not afraid to stray from his lesson plan if you find a song you really want to learn. Eddie is the BEST!
  • Jeremy B. Aug 18, 2014
    Drum Lessons
    Verified Review
    Eddie has been a fantastic teacher, and I highly recommend him to anyone searching for a drum instructor in the Phoenix area. His knowledge of different styles and his excellent technique make him the perfect instructor for anyone wanting to develop their skills as a drummer. As a professional piano player wanting to develop his percussion ability, I think Eddie's a phenomenal teacher who's extremely amicable and easy to get along with while still able to push his students to improve and have fun making music. Definitely check him out!
  • Jacob R. Aug 3, 2013
    Eddie is a great drum instructor, who not only taught me Many different types of genres of music, but also taught me confidence, which was priceless. Eddie also is fairly affordable, one on one, and his schedule is super flexible. 6/5 stars.
  • Lorraine P. Aug 1, 2013
    Drum Lessons
    Verified Review
    I had been taking lessons with Eddie for about 2 months with Eddie, I was lucky enough to find him through Google. Eddie is excellent. He's patient, funny and works alongside you. I'm a visual learner and he sat right down beside me and showed me how it's done. The only reason I stopped going is because I moved to LA. I learned so much. I highly recommend him.
  • Miranda V. Jul 31, 2013
    Our son has been going to Eddie for two years now and he is an outstanding teacher. Jonathan is blind in one eye and can't see out of the other and Eddie has always accommodated to his needs. We moved out of the Phoenix area about 6 months ago and continue to do the online lessons with Eddie. Jonathan looks forward to his lessons every week and is doing great! We highly recommend Eddie for drum lessons.
  • Gustavo Z. Jul 31, 2013
    Eddie is absolutely one of the most fun and passionate individuals I have ever worked with. From the get go Eddie has a plan when starting lessons with one, the results show much quicker then one thinks as well. My chops and overall touch and feel have changed dramatically since I took drum lessons with Eddie. Eddie is also flexible and if you have something in mind that you want to learn like a song for example; Eddie is more then willing to oblige. Overall, I had a great experience and I highly recommend Eddie Vallee to anyone young or old who wants to take drum lessons with him!
  • Becky O. Mar 6, 2012
    Eddie is an amazing teacher- I picked up my first drumstick at the age of 50- and in a little over a year, I was playing in a band. He adapts his teaching style to how I learn, which is reading music from the charts and he transcribes songs for me- then explains every detail of a beat or a chart - He also has many cool exercises to increase my abilities in all areas- His experience, knowledge and most of all enthusiasm are some of his best traits- I still have a long way to go, but I fully believe I came along quicker in my ability to play because of finding Eddie as my instructor.
  • Mike B. Jan 24, 2012
    Eddie ensures that I learn/know diversified rythyms, syncopations, and augmented rudiments. I left drumming for many years. I returned to drumming awhile back. Since I've been studying with Eddie, I improved my 'chops' and learned many new ones, as well as how to augment my old 1's. This is 1 of Eddie's magnificent, though simple, given abilities. With Eddie's assistance, I learned all types & genres of music 'super quick'. I read drum music much eaiser and quicker, & 'pick up' on song rythyms that I have never previously played - - thanks to Eddie's ability to diversify, customize, & simplify instruction to the individual musician. Now, I'm a confident, experienced drummer once again.
  • Edward D. Jan 24, 2012
    While home schooling my child finding a fun and exciting musical instrument for her to learn music was not easy. After the first drum lesson with Eddie, My daughter excelled in drums. Eddie brings the highest quality of education to teaching drums. I recommend Eddie to every parent I meet.
  • Michael J. Jan 23, 2012
    Eddie showed me it's never to late to learn. His style of teaching is very comprehensive. He helped me take my drumming to the next level. When you are ready to learn drums...see Eddie, he is a great teacher.
  • Nate B. Jan 23, 2012
    I'm the founder and owner of the world renown educational site, OnlineDrummer.com. Eddie has played an integral part with this site for a number of years and is now the official private online drum instructor. I can't think of another person I'd rather have heading this up than Eddie. Highly recommended!


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My lessons are simply $20 per half hour. If you prefer a one hour lesson, it's $40. Because I don't teach at a store I'm able to charge $5-10 less per lesson. Stores charge the teachers a room fee. I don not have this. I also provide everything you need regarding materials at no charge. This includes lesson material, charts, audio recordings, video recording etc...
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I invite the student and the parent over for an evaluation. There, they get to meet me, see my home, my studio and also meet my family. I explain how I work, with the purpose of setting specific mutual expectations. I also question and evaluate the student and use the fact finding session to develop a long-term lesson plan using short term goals, long term goals focusing on the students desires.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I attended Knapp School of Music and studied with Skip Layton, I also studied with several private drummers/teachers when I was younger. I'm always self-studying currently via many sources.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I'd had previous teaching experience when I lived and played drums full-time in upstate New York back in the 80's and 90's. In 2006 I was asked by the Owner of AZ Music West if I would teach part time during the evenings. Two years later, I left a corporate job of ten years (on good terms) to teach full-time.
What types of customers have you worked with?
This is great question because my students ages range from 6 to 70. I've students that begin at a young age, and several that are much older. Each student is unique in his goals, desires and capabilities.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Over the last 18 months I have performed gigs with 2 American Idol Finalists and worked with The Drifters. I recently started my 5th year teaching with students at two different Elementary schools and look forward to expanding it at other schools in the district. I teach ALL 5th graders at these schools principles of drumming, drumming equipment, and various rhythm studies. The program has been very successful and well received.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Look for experience, how long they've been teaching in the area, and what kind of "LESSON PLAN" the intend to use. Most "instructors" come and go and only try to teach while "in-between" other employment - because of this make-a-quick-buck mentality, they really don't think about their student long term goals or needs.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Are you committed to make a COMMITMENT to your progress.