Piano, Voice and Accordion Teachers

Emily Moran

Ms Emily Moran: Voice ($27) and Piano ($27)
Tuesday, Thursday

Emily Moran has been a music teacher for many years, with expertise in vocal, piano and general music. She holds a Bachelor's of Music Education from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota. Previous teaching experience includes: teaching music in Sotogrande, Spain; teaching English in Seoul, South Korea; teaching private piano and voice lessons in Minnesota and Illinois; and teaching K-8 music and choir in Chicago and North Chicago, Illinois. She currently teaches K-5 general music full time in West Chicago. She has been a member of choirs for over 10 years, and has performed in countless musical productions.

Josh Hylland Piano

Mr. Josh Hylland: Piano ($28)
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.

Pooja Deshpande

Ms Pooja Deshpande​: Piano ($27)
Tuesday, Friday

Pooja’s love for music began at the age of 4 when she began to seek training in Indian classical music- vocals and harmonium. She has successfully completed Madhyama from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Hyderabad. While pursuing a Computer Science Engineering degree, she performed on keyboards at sought-after venues as a part of classic rock bands. During this time, she recognized her growing passion for music. She has successfully completed Grade 6 in music theory (ABRSM) and Electronic keyboard (Trinity College of London). She moved to Sydney, Australia to study music at a Bachelor’s level from Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA). After graduating, she had the opportunity to train students of all ages and levels at two different music organizations in Sydney. With the fundamentals and meaningful experience in her hands, she feels excited to contribute to the teaching program at NMA. When she is not musically occupied, one can find her feeding and rescuing animals.

Christopher Castillio

Mr. Christopher Castillo: Piano ($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.

Mila Taylor

Mrs. Mila Taylor: Piano ($28)
Monday, Thursday, Saturday

Mila Taylor started her music education in piano at the age of six with a private teacher, and in one year she was admitted to the Gnesin school for gifted kids.
After graduation she was accepted to the Rostov College of Arts where she earned a bachelor degree in Music Education and Piano Performance. Mrs. Taylor learned Piano in the class of professor Valeria Varshavskaya - graduate of the Moscow conservatory, an outstanding pianist and teacher, a colleague and a close friend of Sviatoslav Richter - one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century.
During the study, Mrs Taylor has been awarded several honors as a performer, participating in the competitions of young piano players at the regional and country level. Upon graduation Mrs.Taylor was admitted to the best rated University in Russia - Lomonosov Moscow University, where she got her master degree in History and Theory of Art.
Mrs Taylor was teaching in music schools and privately in Moscow, Brussels, and the Chicago area ( since 2003). Also, she has a performance experience as a soloist, accompanist, and with a symphony orchestra.
Russian classical piano school is one of the world famous and requires a lot of the discipline and rigorous workload. "In my teaching methods I follow my famous teachers. I am focused on building strong music reading and technical skills, playing from lead sheets and studying music theory and history as it applies to the pieces studied. I am very proud to continue traditions of the world famous Russian musicians."
Mrs. Taylor is teaching all ages and all levels - from the beginning up to the conservatory level. Some students may choose to become professionals, others may just want to learn to play piano for fun. The goal is to help each student to open the world of music and enjoy the rewards that music brings.

Andrew Wilson

Mr. Andrew Wilson​: Piano ($28) and Accordion ($27)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 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!
Nicolette Maas

Ms Nicolette Maas: Voice ($27) and Piano ($27)

Nicolette Maas is a young vocalist/pianist from the western Chicago suburbs, who both performs and teaches locally. Her teaching experience includes teaching at Naperville Music Academy, School of Rock, and also teaching privately. She can be found singing for events all over the Chicagoland area.
Nicolette has studied classical piano with Phyllis Sutton and Steven Havens. She has studied classical voice with Jennifer Barnickel-Fitch and Michelle Areyzaga, as well as performing in choirs for over a decade. Nicolette earned an A.F.A in music from The College of DuPage and a B.A in music from Aurora University.