Mr. Valeras received a Master of Music in Guitar Performance from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Berklee College of Music. While living in the Boston area, he spent five years under the tutelage of legendary music educator Charlie Banacos (Mike Stern, Wayne Krantz, Jeff Berlin) and coordinated the music program at Madden Catholic High School. In addition to teaching an extensive list of private students, Mr. Valeras also maintained an active performance schedule, which included sideman work for Larry Coryell, The Platters, The Coasters, and a variety of general business groups. His original jazz/fusion project, The Mike Valeras Group, received rave reviews and performed all over New England.
Since moving to Nashville, Mr. Valeras has performed with or opened for artists such as TG Sheppard, Kelly Lang, Darius Rucker, LeAnn Rimes, Lorrie Morgan, Jo Dee Messina, Tanya Tucker, Carlene Carter and others. His work for local country, pop, and rock artists extends to both the stage and studio, and he continues to push the parameters of modern jazz with his group The Mike Valeras Trio. In addition to his role as a guitar educator, Mr.Valeras offers courses of study to songwriters in areas of harmony, composition, ear training, and the Nashville number system. He is the author of the book Ballads For Solo Guitar and has recently released his third indepedent album entitled Abbott St.