Mr. Matt Kavanaugh: Guitar ($28), Ukulele($26), Bass ($26),
Mr. Josh Hylland: Guitar ($28), Bass ($26), Drums ($27)
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.
Mr. Lukas Laun: Guitar ($28), Drums ($27)
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Lukas first got involved in music at the age of 3, starting with piano and violin lessons. Throughout his
childhood, he played various other instruments, such as guitar and trombone. In 6th grade he began playing percussion and fell
in love with drums. Whether it was playing a four-mallet marimba piece with the school ensemble, starting a rock band in
his free time, or playing on the Illini drumline, Lukas’s passion for music never stopped. He has taken private
lessons throughout his schooling and has now completed 2 years of a music education degree at the University of Illinois,
studying under William Moersch and Ricardo Flores.
Mr. Travis Griffin: Guitar ($28), Bass ($26), Drums ($27)
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.
Mr. Andrew Wilson: Guitar ($28), Drums ($27)
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.
Mr. Christopher Castillo: Guitar ($28)
Wednesday, 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.