Piano and Voice Teachers
Eric Poe

Mr. Eric Poe: Piano ($35) and Voice ($35)

Monday, Tuesday, Friday

Eric Poe is a passionate individual who's studied both music and communication at Aurora University and is translating that experience into teaching aspiring minds here at Naperville Music Academy. They have been singing for over 10 years in a variety of settings as well as playing piano for almost 3 years. They strive to help in creating learning environments that are playful yet rewarding so that our students can enjoy themselves as they practice and gain experience. Eric is a confident personality that not only wants to see their students succeed, but also wants to instill the same passion for learning music that was given to them at an early age. Eric welcomes any age and level when it comes to teaching and looks forward to seeing their students grow musically as we collaborate and learn.

Mila Taylor

Mrs. Mila Taylor: Piano ($36)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

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.

Jake Foland

Mr. Jake Foland: Piano ($30)

Tuesday

Jake Foland is a 26 year old musician, and has been playing his whole life. Coming from a musical family, Jake taught himself how to play the drums and guitar at a young age. Jake has also studied under various teachers on various instruments at various times, which included attending music school to attain more technical knowledge of the art. He mainly studied theory and composition, as well as piano, percussion, and voice. With the healthy balance of passion and technicality, Jake Foland always puts on an outstanding performance. Jake also has several years of teaching experience, with a mindset focused on providing the best musical education for each student, tailored to their individual needs.

Vera Pelin

Ms Vera Pelin: Piano ($36) and Voice ($35)

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Vera Pelin is a pianist from Republic of Moldova. She has been playing piano, harpsichord and organ for 19 years and been teaching voice and piano for seven. She has a Bachelor of Music from the National University of Music in Bucharest, Romania, in piano performance. She has performed at festivals in Hungary, Romania and her home country, and has played in recitals in performance halls in both Romania and Moldova. She participated in national piano and chamber music competitions. She also has been a member of choirs from a young age: choir "Vocile primaverii" R. Moldova, choir "Rapsodia" R. Moldova, music ensemble of folk music "Dor dorulet" R. Moldova and several church choirs.

Jenna Hintz

Ms Jenna Hintz: Voice ($36) and Piano ($36)

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

She still performs regularly while at the same time finding immense fulfillment in passing along the fundamental elements of music, such as technique, theory and pedagogy, to her students. She has been fortunate enough to not only watch her students grow and expand musically, but she also has seen firsthand the astounding effects a musical education can have on every aspect of a child or adult’s life.

Emma Kaminsky

Ms Emma Kaminski: Voice ($35) and Piano ($35)

Friday, Saturday

Emma Kaminski is a multi-instrumentalist who holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Business from Elmhurst College with a minor in Music Production. She has started working towards a Master of Arts from Berklee College of Music. She loves to play and sing anything from musical theatre to classical to jazz to pop. She is as comfortable on a stage performing a Schumann lied or a Britney Spears hit. Throughout her journey in music, Emma has studied voice under Brenda Lualdi and Donna Peterson-Tallman, piano with Michael Mongolis and Soyoung Kee, and composition under John Dorhauer.
Emma believes that every student's musical experience is unique and no two lessons will be the same. She encourages students to venture into any musical style they want by building on a foundation of healthy technique and music theory.

Kristofer Spike

Mr. Kristofer Spike: Piano ($36)

Tuesday, Wednesday

Kris has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and also a licentiate diploma in piano performance from Trinity College, London. As well as performing the standard classical repertoire, Kris has diversified into many different styles of music as performer, composer and arranger. His teaching philosophy is based on the belief that all students deserve to be taught in a way that sequential, logical and thorough. After making sure that students have a firm grasp of the basics Kris is able to tailor his approach to match the interests of the student and work towards achieving their goals and musical aspirations. As an active composer Kris places great importance on developing a working knowledge of music theory and being able to incorporate that into practical music performance. Examples of Kris's composing and performing can be heard on his YouTube channel.
Examples of Kris's composing and performing

Josh Hylland

Mr. Josh Hylland: Piano ($35)

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.

Matt Kavanaugh

Mr. Matt Kavanaugh: Piano ($35)

Monday, Wednesday, 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!

Andrew Ryan

Mr. Andrew Ryan: Piano ($30)

Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Andrew Ryan is a multi-instrumentalist from Baltimore, MD, who is currently studying music. He has been a part of several jazz, funk, and RnB groups in Baltimore, Boston, and Chicago. Growing up Andrew studied under Peter Hazzard of Berklee College of Music. With over 10 years of experience of playing drum set, bass, guitar, and piano, Andrew wants to help students progress through their musical journey.