Enjoyment &
Music Miles

You are invited at any age or stage to go the Music MILE…..welcome!

With Music, My Inspiration, Learning, Enjoyment & Success, you can acquire the skills for learning the language and art of music.

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Welcome to our website and studio

In pursuing music for inspiration, learning and enjoyment, you can acquire skills, abilities, creativity and pride in accomplishment throughout life’s journey. We see the opportunity to work with you as a privilege.

Take a look at our website; it presents information about us and our studio establishment. Do not hesitate to ask any questions for clarification.
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John and Michelle Vallance. Music instructors at MILE studio
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About Us

Our Mission

We very much enjoy instructing people of various ages. The aim of each lesson we give is not only providing instruction for music literacy, technique and performance skills, but also to develop in each person the enjoyment and appreciation for one of mankind’s greatest arts. And, as instructors, we also learn a great deal from you.

Who We Are

We have been married for 26 years, and are educated as teachers in piano, harpsichord, pipe organ, choral conducting, singing, history and theory. In the total of us both, it has been many decades of instruction!

Our Studio

Into our studio, we welcome students from the ages of 7 to 107! You may be a beginner or have studied/performed for a period of time. Each individual will have different goals. Some wish to perform, to pursue examinations, or to gain self-confidence in singing or speaking before an audience. Parents/ grandparents may want to do lessons with their child/grandchild. All of these things are possible.

The length of lessons shall be 30 minutes or 60 minutes. Music theory classes shall be offered in March. Small masterclasses and recitals shall be announced in the spring of 2023.

Michelle Vallance

Michelle Vallance

B.Mus, B.Ed
Piano & Voice Teacher

I began piano studies at the age of eight and continued piano until deciding to switch to pipe organ performance and choral studies. Throughout my adolescent years, I played in competitions and completed piano and theory exams, and began teaching at the age of sixteen.

In beginning post-secondary studies at Algoma University, I became very involved in both secular choirs and church choirs, performing sacred and secular repertoire from the Middle Ages to the present. Upon transferring to the University of Windsor, I was honoured to be granted a performance scholarship for piano.

Being a singer in the University of Windsor Chamber Choir, we were given a wonderful performance opportunity to sing at Carnegie Hall under the direction of composer John Rutter. The Chamber Choir was the only Canadian choir invited to perform. Later in the year, I travelled to Croydon, England, to study at the Royal School of Church Music.

Throughout the years, I have taught at excellent music schools, the Algoma Conservatory of Music in Sault Ste. Marie,  and the Academie Ste. Cecile in Windsor.  I have recently retired as a music teacher from the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board. During these years, I had the joy of conducting a school choir (the Salve Regina Singers), recorder and handbell performances, as well as concerts, arts festivals, and competitions. I am now blessed to serve as cantor and choral director at Holy Name of Mary Church.

John Vallance, Music Instructor

John Vallance

B.Sc., B.Ed, A.C.M.
Recorder and Harpsichord Teacher

A native of Ontario, I began studying piano at the age of ten. In secondary school, an exposure to 16th and 17th-century music ‘spiked’ an interest in two earlier instruments…. The harpsichord and the recorder. 

Following secondary school, I served an enlistment in the United States Coast Guard.  During these years, I was involved with entertainment and musical theatre in California, New York City, and Connecticut. 

I received an international education at Oakland University in Michigan, and Western University in London, Ontario, with majors in music and European History.  My teachers in the field of early music included Lyle and Patricia Nordstrom, Raymond Ferguson, and composer Stanley Hollingsworth. My graduate study included a degree in Kodaly pedagogy and some courses in musicology. 

For several years I was an instructor of music at Our Lady Star of the Sea; a private Catholic school in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.  While living in Windsor, I also taught at Windsor’s Academie Ste. Cecile, where I also met my wife, Michelle.

Over the years, I have enjoyed giving performances and talks on historic music for workshops, festivals, and museums in Canada, The USA, England, and Holland.  Closer to home, I have performed for the Guelph Spring Festival, The Stratford Chamber Music Series, and Stratford Summer Music.  I have also very much enjoyed directing the children’s ensemble Musica Antiqua, an advanced recorder consort based here in St. Marys.  In 2022, I was appointed organist for Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church.