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“Drum Lessons for students of all ages.”


As a drummer, I've been working and teaching for most of my adult life. 9 of those years have been FULL TIME in the Phoenix area. I also work with the local school system and am an Artist Endorser of SILVERFOX DRUMSTICKS.

About EddieOnDrums

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Avail one-on-one drum lessons from a full-time teacher and working drummer in the Valley.

I am easily located in a safe neighborhood with a relaxed, comfortable environment for both student and parents.

My students are of all ages. One-third of my students are adults from 20 years old to 70 years old.

Lessons are customized to each student's goals and interests, using songs of the student's choice to help develop fundamentals of technique, reading, theory and more.


El Mirage, AZ 85335

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  • 5/5 stars

    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.

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  • 5/5 stars

    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!

  • 5/5 stars

    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!

  • 5/5 stars

    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.

  • 5/5 stars

    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.

  • 5/5 stars

    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.

  • 5/5 stars

    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!

  • 5/5 stars

    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.

  • 5/5 stars

    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.

  • 5/5 stars

    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.

  • 5/5 stars

    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.

  • 5/5 stars

    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!

  • 5/5 stars

    My drumming has much improved since I took lessons from Eddie. He has a lot of experience both as a professional drummer and as a teacher.
    The lessons are well structured and much attention is paid to personal level and musical interests. He's able to explain the theoretical and practical side of drumming.
    And also very important, it's fun having drum lessons from Eddie!

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. This is great question because my students ages range from 6 to 70, but, one thing I do differently is that I transcribe a lot of music into drum notation for my students. (This can be very time-consuming). This allows me to teach songs when the actual notation or sheet music is not available.

Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

A. I spend most of my week working with students, both in home in my teaching studio and at two different Elementary Schools. It consumes a lot of my time. I also work with BOOMER, one of the areas busiest rock bands.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. 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.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. I wish my customers knew how much I've sacrificed to teach an instrument I'm very passionate about. How seriously I take what I do, and how it consumes me day and night.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. What's your experience? What's your lesson plan? How will you teach me or my student?

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. It's important to me to teach the individual at their level of desire and ability. Pushing or forcing a student in a direction that they are not capable (or comfortable) is not what I'm interested in doing. There are fundamentals that need to be reinforced and taught, but if I student hates jazz, I'm certainly not going to focus heavily on it.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. I have the resources, experience, family support and most of all passion and 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. I absolutely LOVE to do what I do.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. It's very fulfilling and gratifying to help teach others about the drumming. 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 student grow up and grow into there drumming abilities as an art form and as a form of entertainment.

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. 1. Q: What is the most frustrating thing about "teaching". A: The support (or lack of) that parents give their children at times. Teaching a musical instrument takes discipline that most kids need reinforced at home from time to time.

2. Q: Who are your favorite drummers. A: Gavin Harrison, Buddy Rich, Gregg Bissonette , Stanton Moore, Kenny Aronoff - just to name a few.

Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?

A. Seeing students that I worked with from step-one play in organized bands, whether it's a High School Jazz band, Marching Band, School Orchestra, Local band or Church Band. It's VERY REWARDING to see the joy on my students faces when they perform.

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. I take my relationship with each student (and parents) very seriously.

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. I'd had previous teaching experience when I lived and played full-time in upstate New York. 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 passionless corporate job of ten years (on good terms) to teach full-time.

Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.

A. I have two adult students in particular that are performing in musical groups. One is in a local band, and the other plays in church. I also have some teen students that play in the youth church groups. It's awesome!

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. Yes....from many many sources. Many are self-taught sources (books, videos. etc.) But I also am active in online programs and work and study with other teachers.

Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?

A. The Online source for teaching using Skype. This is a very easy to use medium, and it works well with many students and there schedules. Almost half of my students take live lessons online using Skype. Skype is FREE and easy to use if you have a computer with high Speed internet. My drum studio has become a broadcast television type studio. Complete with up to 5 cameras, a large flat screen monitor, and full audio surround sound. It's very high tech and "Meet The Jetsons" like! Pretty cool stuff!

Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.

A. Renovated my my drum studio in 2014. I've spent a lot of money over the last year to improve my studio. I've added a large flat screen monitor, new audio equipment and improved lighting. I've replaced the computer with a new and improved unit! At the beginning of 2015 I replaced some of my studio audio equipment with upgraded new digital soundboards and microphones!

Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.

A. My lessons are simply $20 per half hour. If you prefer a one hour lesson, it's $40.

I provide everything you need regarding materials at no charge. This includes lesson material, charts, audio recordings, video recording etc...

Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?

A. Just because you are an excellent drummer doesn't mean you will be an excellent, or even a "good" teacher. Teaching rakes creativity, patience, problem solving skills, excellent communication skills and most of all passion. If you don't have passion, you will fail regardless if you possess other skills.

Q. What is your greatest strength?

A. I've been told that my greatest strengths are the ability to draw out the best in each student, adapting my lesson plan towards each students inabilities and abilities to maximize it's outcome and to have patience with the student. Each student is different, a "canned" lesson approach does not work with each individual.

Q. What are you currently working on improving?

A. I'm constantly evaluating, adjusting & improving my teaching style and technique. I believe that one can never be totally content with their approach and one can always improve upon something. Complacency is not an option for me.

Q. Write your own question and answer it.

A. Who is YOUR favorite drummer? Well....I have three. 1. Buddy Rich. 2. Gavin Harrison 3. Gregg Bisonette. If we ever meet or speak - ask me about my Buddy Rich story!

Q. Write your own question and answer it.

A. How often does your group BOOMER perform and where? Boomer performs on average 4/5 nights a week. We play clubs, casinos, corporate gigs, private gigs and anything in-between. We are called BOOMER because we play rock and roll for Baby Boomers. We are one of the busiest bands in the Phoenix area. I started the group with my fellow Band mate Devo Carillo in 2008. I have worked with some fantastic musicians - including Al Ortiz of Stevie NIcks, Grammy Award winner Mahlon Hawk, and internationally known Bass player Ron Tropiano.

Q. Write your own question and answer it.

A. Q: How many students do you currently have. A: I have close to thirty students at this time.

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