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Guitar, Bass, Drums and Ukulele Teachers

Matt Kavanaugh

Mr. Matt Kavanaugh:  Guitar ($27), Ukulele($26), Bass ($26), Drums ($26)
Thursday, Friday

Matt Kavanaugh is a multi instrumentalist from Naperville, Il who has been playing, studying, and performing music throughout the last 15 years.. In 2017, he graduated from Elmhurst College, where he studied guitar with Frank Portolese, Mike Pinto, and Neal Alger, and piano with Frank Caruso and Mark Streder.
Matt is currently working towards a graduate degree from Northern Illinois University, studying under Fareed Haque. Matt can be currently found playing around the Chicagoland area in various jazz, rock, and pop groups. His teaching experience ranges from students ages 5-70, and in all genres. His teaching philosophy focuses on each individual student, their musical interests, music fundamentals, and enjoying your musical journey at your own pace!

Michael Manusos

Mr. Michael Manusos:  Guitar ($27), Drums ($26)
Saturday

Michael Manusos’s musical journey began when he was 8 years old playing the saxophone. His inspiration was the great jazz musician, Charlie Parker. However, when his grandparents bought him a guitar for Christmas he soon discovered the guitar was more his voice than the saxophone. Sixteen years later, Michael has an Associates in Fine Arts with an emphasis in music from Harper College and will be completing a Jazz Guitar Performance degree from Northern Illinois University in the Spring of 2019. He is currently studying jazz guitar with the virtuoso guitarist, Fareed Haque. Over the years he has not only developed great guitar skills but also has been playing piano and drums for many years. Michael has started teaching privately several years ago, and he cannot wait to pass down the knowledge he has gained over the years to students who are hungry to learn and share the same desire to play music.

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Mr. Travis Griffin:  Guitar ($27), Bass ($26), Drums ($26)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

Travis Griffin has been with Naperville Music Academy since its inception. He has been playing and studying music for the past 19 years. Travis's knowledge of guitar technique and theory are matched by his ability to connect with his students. He has enjoyed the privilege of guiding students towards great music achievements. His students have competed, placed, and won at the Annual State Olympic Contest organized by the IMA, performed with great success at NMA sponsored concerts, school music events, religious events and various public music venues. His students have performed covers and original compositions, and he teaches students young and old, who enjoy the very personal success of learning their favorite songs. His lessons are individually tailored to each student's wants and needs. Whether it's learning your favorite radio tunes or rising to the highest academic standards, Travis will create a personalized curriculum to meet and exceed those goals.
Travis is also the author of guitar curriculum for NMA annual guitar exams.
When asked, “Why do you teach?" Travis had this to say. "Music is such a big part of my everyday life. Whether it is casual listening or hours of writing and practice, being a musician improves my quality of life. Having even the most basic understanding of an instrument can have a great impact on the way a person hears music. I teach to show the students an endless world of possibility, passion, and excitement that can be experienced through making music alone or with friends and family."

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Mr. Josh Hylland: Guitar ($27), Bass ($26), Drums ($26)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday

Josh Hylland has been a member of NMA faculty for 3 years now teaching piano, guitar, and drums. He is a member of Music Teacher National Association, and of Naperville Chapter ISMTA, and is active in preparing his piano students for IL State Piano Exam. He also created the curriculum for NMA Merit Certificate Exam in drums. In addition, Josh’s students had great success at IMA Competition in the previous years, many of whom brought home trophies, placing among the top 3 competitors in their class.
Josh started his musical journey playing percussion in middle school band, and enrolling in choir shortly thereafter. He has been a dedicated musician since picking up the guitar at age 12, and eventually began taking lessons from local musicians. Prior to legal driving age, Josh had already begun giving lessons to family acquaintances as well as a few friends from school, and in doing so discovered a new type of joy, teaching music to others. Since then he has continued to seek out eager students, giving lessons out of home and thoroughly exploring every musical opportunity he saw, as well as every instrument he could get his hands on. Since graduating high school he studied music theory as well as jazz guitar and piano at Waubonsee Community College before moving on to play bass guitar in a band fronted by former Buddy Guy guitarist, Frank Blinkal for two years. Since then he has played live and in studios with various acts in Chicago and the surrounding areas. Josh continues his search for new musical endeavors, and always strives to help students take the next step.

Andrew Wilson

 

Mr. Andrew Wilson​: Guitar ($27), Drums ($26)
Monday, Tuesday, Friday

Andrew Wilson first entered the music realm at age 9 taking piano lessons from a private music instructor down the street. During 3 years of lessons he placed 2nd and 3rd place in the North Central College Sonata Festival and in Geneva’s Swedish Days Solo & Duet competition. Growing tired of classical music; Andrew took a break from piano lessons at age 12 he began teaching himself to play drum set. Throughout high school Andrew excelled at the drums, played in several high school bands, and taught himself to play the guitar.
Andrew graduated from Naperville North H.S. and attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale to study Audio Production and Music. While at SIU he learned the art of classical guitar, furthered his knowledge of music theory and aural skills, and learned to play the accordion. Andrew graduated from SIUC in 2012 with a BA in Audio Production and a Music Minor.
Since July 2014, Andrew has been playing accordion in the cover band Folkified, which plays all around the Chicago area. Andrew’s philosophy is based on teaching kids the fundamentals and key components of music through songs they want to learn. This keeps kids entertained and focused while they learn and enhances progress. Andrew is excited to be a member of Naperville Music Academy faculty!

Christopher Castillio

Mr. Christopher Castillo: Guitar ($27)
Thursday, Friday, Saturday

A multi-faceted musician and educator, Christopher Castillo is both a noted performer and composer. He has performed as an orchestral violinist, chamber musician and soloist throughout the greater Chicago area and the Midwest. He has also improvised in rock, blues, and jazz bands. His principal teachers include Edgar Gabriel of String Fusion and Dr. Sarah Gentry. His numerous compositions, including Starvation in the Presence of Grace, Pain, and Philosopher in a Jar have been premiered by local and national artists at both Illinois State University and Elmhurst College. While at Elmhurst College he regularly participated in the World Music Festival, showcasing works of Piazzolla and famed Bollywood film composer A.R. Rahman, among others. In recent years Chris has increasingly turned his attention to pedagogy and currently teaches strings at local area schools. His hobbies include fine woodworking and traveling.
Chris holds a Masters degree from Illinois State University and a Bachelors from Elmhurst College. He is currently preparing for his Suzuki Method teacher certification.