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Guitar, Bass, Drums and Ukulele Teachers

Chad Bobik guitar teacher

Mr. Chad Bobik: Guitar ($26), Bass ($24.5), Drums ($25)

Chad Bobik has been a member of NMA faculty for almost 5 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 Exams, and IMA Competition. Chad has been playing and studying guitar, piano, and drums, for over a decade now. His playing experience spans a wide range of genres and settings from small group jazz and guitar ensembles at the college level, to classical and popular music. Chad recently graduated from Elmhurst College with a Major in Music Education K-12 and Minor in Music Production. Throughout the many years of study Chad has found that nothing can open more doors for one’s future than a solid education. Chad’s teaching philosophy is simple; provide the student with a fun and educational experience that is entirely based on their own needs. He believes that music should be a rewarding experience for all to enjoy. Within his core curriculum emphasizes all aspects of the music making process, including proper posture and technique, music theory, ear training, rhythm, and music literacy.

Christopher Castillio

Mr. Christopher Castillo: Guitar ($26)
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.

Tyler Henderson

Mr. Tyler Henderson​: Guitar ($26), Drums ($25)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Tyler Henderson has been singing or playing an instrument since he was very young. Beginning at age 7, Tyler began his singing and guitar career and found a quick passion for it. Throughout his educational career he continued to master his skills, taking guitar lessons from his Elementary School Teacher, and Voice lessons from Dr. Mihelcic in high school. Tyler attended Metea Valley High School and is a recent graduate with a B.M. in Music Education from Millikin University.
While at Millikin, Tyler continued to master his vocal skills, music theory and aural skills, and found new instruments to learn: the piano and drums. He has been playing the piano for 4 years, mastering scales and independent right and left hands, while playing the drums for over 3 years and continues to learn and master his skills each day. Tyler’s goal is to foster lifelong musicians, developing students to meet their highest musical potential through mastering basic skills and finding their own creativity. Tyler is excited to be on the other side of the NMA family and hopes for a great year!

Andrew Wilson

Mr. Andrews Wilson​: Guitar ($26), Drums ($25)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

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!


Mr. Josh Hylland: Guitar ($26), Bass ($24.5), Drums ($25)
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.


Mr. Travis Griffin:  Guitar ($26), Bass ($24.5), Drums ($25)
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."