Mel Parker

Mel P.

Union, MO
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Try the first lesson and if you’re not satisfied we'll refund any unused lessons.
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100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Try the first lesson and if you’re not satisfied we'll refund any unused lessons.

I have tons of experience and formal university training in music education. I know how to take the complex and make it simple.

There are very good reasons my students rise to the top. Experience makes a difference, and I have more professional teaching experience than 99% of other instructors.

Learning the best way, helps you learn faster and have fun while you succeed!

  • Background Checked
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 1968

Reviews (15)

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Matthew Oct 24, 2019
Violin · Online

Very patient and calm.
Very talented teacher.

Matt Oct 10, 2019
Violin · Online

Explains everything in detail , moves in a progress in which I retain the knowledge very Easy.
I highly recommend Mel.
Very calm , collect and patient.

Alyza Jun 11, 2019
Fiddle · Online

best ever

levi M. Feb 7, 2019
Banjo · Online

Mel is a great teacher and his many past experiences in the music field have given him tons of knowledge. he has a simple and effective way of teaching music and theory. he listens to the way you learn and adapts his methods to best suit you.

Elizabeth Coyne Aug 7, 2018
Banjo · In home

Mel is a very patient and knowledgable teacher. I feel like I fumble along at the beginning of a lesson but by the end Mel has improved my technique and timing. I would definitely recommend Mel to anyone who wants to learn or improve on their instrument!

Lew B. Feb 27, 2018
Fiddle · Online

Mel is a great listener. My first lesson was great.

Vern B. Feb 20, 2018
Guitar · In studio

He is an excellent instructor. His teacher technique are easy to understand and follow. His talent with the guitar is that of a professional. I’m looking forward in learning as much as I can from him.

Charlie C. Jan 22, 2018
Violin · In studio

Mel is very knowledgeable, attentive to details, and an experienced teacher.

Louis O. Jan 7, 2017
Violin · In studio

Mel is an excellent instructor, not to mention his experience and expertise as a violinist. Our son is five and looks forward to his lessons. We do not have a music background, and with Mel's instruction we have found it easy to practice at home.

- Louis O.'s parents

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Anna Aug 10, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Although I was forced to select a subject of Acoustic Guitar on the review form, my children and I have also taken lessons with Mel Parker on every subject in the pick list plus a few more. Theory, composition, recording. Improvisation techniques, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo, violin, bass, mandolin, ear training, techniques applied to all music genre's, group and solo performance techniques, ETC! The main point here is that as an accomplished and talented musician, Mel Parker is fluent in the music industry and very skilled at teaching all skill levels, from beginner to pro. He can teach very rigid focused lessons or he can shift and adjust the lesson instantly to meet the needs of the student. My children have been able to explore and experiment different instruments, genre's and other areas of the music industry as their interests grew and changed over the years. They have had many changes in their interests but the one constant has been the TEACHER! It is wonderful to be able to have 1 teacher adjust his education for the ever changing and growing needs of my family. Both of my children are now very accomplished award winning performers and we all agree that Mel Parker has been/is the primary influencer in their accomplishments.

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Kim Aug 10, 2016
Violin · In home

My daughter has been one of Mel's violin students for 5+ years. He is an accomplished musician who teaches his students with a kind and gracious demeanor. She also has had the opportunity to play solo's in recitals and yearly contests that Mel's studio arranges for his students. Because of his well-rounded attention to instruction, practice, and performance, her growth as a violinist has been immense. This growth has also allowed her to compete at the district and state level in school.

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Bradley H. Aug 5, 2016
Violin · Online

Excellent violin teacher! Mel has many years of teaching experience. He does an excellent job explaining methods and techniques for learning how to play an instrument. I highly recommend Mel as a violin teacher. Thanks!

Shelley Jul 1, 2016
Violin · In home

Mel gives my daughter violin lessons and I cannot say how highly I recommend him. He tries to incorporate their taste of music into lessons thus making learning fun.

Wil Jul 1, 2016
Fiddle · In studio

Mel is very professional and a great teacher he makes each lesson fun and interesting and I would recommend him to anyone and all ages

Kevin Apr 8, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Mel is a great instructor

Lesson Details

Country Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Old country, New country. All styles and artists. Learn from a pro!



Jan 2004 - Present

Own Business

Solo music performer on stringed instruments. Played in North America, Europe, and Asia. Has been on radio and television nationally and internationally. Studio Musician for national recording artists in Billboard Magazines "Top 100".


Music Education
Aug 1970 - Jun 1973

Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Music Education
Jun 1973

Southern Illinois University, Edwdardsville

Major in Music Education, Strings emphasis. Violin Scholarship. Studied under Dr. John Kendall and Dr. Kent Perry. Music Theory Eastman School of Music (NY) Member of Suzuki Association of the Americas Member of Mid America Music Association Member of American String Teachers Association Member of Missouri String Teachers Association


EMMY award
Aug 1977

The National Academy of Television Arts


American String Teachers Association
Mar 2015
The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.

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