“Our family searched for a high quality competent drum instructor and were successful in having Derek Houle provide lessons. Derek has been a strong influence in providing high quality instruction that has not only built self-confidence in my son but has encouraged him to want to do better and learn more, increasing my son’s skill level beyond my expectations. I highly recommend Derek!”  – Pam Werner

"Derek is very easy to work with. My son enjoys his lessons with Derek and his percussion skills have improved significantly" – Lori Hooker

“Derek was able to assess my current skill level and provide exercises and practice material that were challenging and fun, and encouraged me to share my musical interests and made efforts to incorporate these into what we were working on. For example, I brought in songs I liked and we would break down and practice the drumming parts so that I could learn to play my favorite songs… With Derek's teaching and support I became comfortable enough to play the set in church and start a band with my friends… I would highly recommend Derek as a drum instructor. He maintained a balance between presenting me with challenges and helping me to build mastery.” – Gwen Storm

 “Derek was great in showing me several beats to improve my skills. My band couldn’t believe how much better I got in a short time.” – Jakob Werner

"Derek can teach a wide variety of styles of music.  He has always been very patient, especially when I first starting taking lessons from him.  I became a much better drummer from taking lessons from Derek.” – Andy Leman



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