I am not just your average neighborhood teacher. I have been training since I was four years old, studied with some of the best teachers in the nation, pursued a Masters degree at Manhattan School of Music, and perform professionally on violin and viola throughout the Salt Lake Valley. I am dedicated to teaching the best habits from the beginning to help you or your child progress successfully through every level. Please visit drapermusicstudio.com for more information.
I enjoy the creativity needed to custom fit learning to each child and adult. I like the challenge of cooperative problem solving to achieve a beautiful end result. I also just enjoy working with people, and when they progress well, it brings me great satisfaction.
Working with Melissa Draper has been a wonderful experience. She is encouraging and fun with all the precision it requires to help a young musician actually sound good. We love working with her!
Excellent Teacher! Ms. Draper has studied music herself and the art of teaching music for a life time. I'm continually impressed with her ability to build on her students strengths while finding what needs growth and giving personalized instruction to move them forward in skill and love for music. She is endlessly patient and positive. I appreciate that Ms. Draper is continually learning as a professional musician personally and passes on new idea's and methods to her students on a regular basis. We've been with Draper Music Studio's for many years and rate our experience as excellent!
Melissa is an excellent teacher. She has a gift for teaching and she knows just how to work with my daughter to get her to play her best and have beautiful tone. She is also very kind, approachable, and encouraging while still having high expectations of her students. We love her and highly recommend her!
We have two boys that have studied with Melissa for many years. She has done a fantastic job guiding them through all aspects of their We have two boys that have studied with Mrs. Draper for many years. She has done a fantastic job guiding them through all aspects of their development. I am amazed at the beauty and maturity of their sound at just nine and twelve. She has also helped them develop excellent music reading skills and they feel empowered to play anything. Mrs. Draper expects them to work hard and practice every day, and it really pays off. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants to take violin education seriously. You will have great results!
At the first lesson, I will talk with a student about their previous experience and training. Then I will have them play something they are comfortable with so I can get an idea of what technical challenges/strengths are there. After assessing, we start together on a path that is best suited and level-appropriate for their continued learning and growth.
I did graduate work in Violin Performance at The Manhattan School of Music in New York and received my undergraduate degree in Music from Brigham Young University. I work as a professional freelance musician on both violin and viola. I have also taught private lessons for appoximately 20 years.