Guitar, Bass, Drums and Ukulele Teachers
Mr. Matt Kavanaugh: Guitar ($28), Ukulele($26),
Bass ($26), Drums ($27)
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
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
Mr. Josh Hylland: Guitar ($28), Bass ($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.
Mr. Travis Griffin: Guitar ($28), Bass ($26),
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."
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.
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.