Mel Parker is the founder of Perfect Music Man and has a long list of accomplishments as a professional musician. One of those accomplishments is being in Billboard Magazine's "Top 100" three times as a studio musician. He has a strong background in classic music and was awarded a violin full scholarship at Southern Illinois University. Mel studied classical violin under famous Russian violinist, Isadore Grossman, Dr. Kent Perry, and Suzuki violin master, Dr. John Kendall. While at SIU, Mel performed with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in an exhibition concert.
Studying jazz guitar under Vince Arte, Mel won several national guitar championships (Highest divisions) with the Mid-American Music Association. He also studied bluegrass and country fiddle with Shelby Eicher, Roy Clark's fiddle player for nine years. In addition, Mel was executive producer for multiple network television theme songs (ABC Family Network, working with one of Hollywood's greatest musical composers and arrangers for major motion picture film scores.
Mel has built and owned professional multi-track recording studios and has taught recording engineering at the Recording Institute of America. Mel served as the exclusive, direct-response marketing agent for select recordings of Kenny Rogers, Ann Murray, and Willie Nelson. He has written numerous jingles and television theme songs as well as producing many television commercials.
Mel was nominated for an Emmy Award, as well as winning an Emmy for his musical contribution for syndicated TV shows. Also nominated for an "ACE" award in Hollywood as musical director of a 23-week Television series on The Nashville Network "Live at the Cheyanne".
Mel has lectured at universities in St. Petersburg, Russia; Krakow, Poland; and Tulsa, Oklahoma, as well as consulting radio and TV networks throughout Europe. Mel has also performed violin concerts in Europe and Asia. He has taught music in the Lindbergh School district, and various private schools in St. Louis County, plus giving guitar classes at Our Lady of Lourdes, Washington MO, Immaculate Conception, Union MO.
Mel Parker is currently teaching Mandolin online for Dr. Paul Bambach music professor at University of California, Santa Barbara.
Mel is a member of the American String Teachers Association and Suzuki Association of the Americas.
He now teaches music lessons at Perfect Music Man part time. Perfect Music Man, LLC is a Member of the Mid America Association. Limited teaching times are available for Mel Parker. Other instructors are available.