Lauri Knapton

Lauri has worked in the music business since 1985. She started working in a music store when she was in high school.  Her parents never played musical instruments but encouraged her to play instruments by taking her to lessons and listening to her practice. 

Lauri has an Associates degree from UW Rock County and a Bachelors degree from UW Whitewater.  She plays the violin, piano, and organ.  She has also “played with” the cello, harpsichord, accordion, trumpet, guitar, ukulele and drums. 

Lauri loves traveling...with maps.  She's only used a GPS twice:  the first time it directed her through a field in Ohio, and the other time into the ocean in California!   

Brad Lutton

Brad is the Store Manager at Knapton Musik Knotes, and he thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to pass along his love of music to people of all ages. 

Brad has worked in the music industry since the mid 90’s.  He teaches guitar, bass, ukulele and banjo—he also enjoys playing drums and piano.    He’s the guitarist/back-up vocalist/dancer in the Local Band 2211.  When he’s not playing or teaching music, Brad enjoys all different types of sports.  GO PACK GO!

In his younger years, Brad had long curly locks, but now….he does not.

Ed Schultz

Ed has played guitar off and on for over 40 years.  He is a guitarist and the lead vocalist in the local band "Curb Appeal" which was started from a Knapton Musik Knotes Rock Camp.  He also plays in his church's Praise Band.

Ed has over 32 guitars, and he is still "shopping" every time new models arrive.  In addition to collecting those, he also really likes shoes, owning around 100 pairs!  

Ed also has a weakness for Mentos, and we can bribe him to do just about any chore around the store for them!

Another fun fact:  Ed appears dancing in a Duran Duran video "The Reflex" at 1:29-1:33.  The next time you see him, ask him for his autograph!

 

Robin Westby Houghes

Robin teaches guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, piano, trumpet, and drums at Knapton Musik Knotes

Robin began playing the guitar at age 15 when she started taking lessons at Knapton.  She fine-tuned her performance skills with Rock County 4H, Show Choir, and Heat Wave. 

Robin plays lead guitar and sings in the local band Curb Appeal, which originated as a Knapton Rock Camp band.  

When she's not teaching or playing music, Robin stays busy with modeling and participating in Cosplay.  

Robin's favorite food is artichoke and her greatest regret in life so far is that she never learned how to whistle!

Travis Vandiver

Travis is our in-house repair technician, and he sometimes steps in as a substitute teacher for lessons.  He started playing guitar when he was 12 years old, and he remembers liking to tinker and repair things ever since an early age.  His dad worked in the aviation field, so he grew up loving the challenge of problem-solving.  

Travis actively plays in a local band, Dusty Bottoms, and he has two girls ages 11 and 16.  He loves riding his Suzuki motorcyle, enjoys working out, and is shamelessly addicted to sugar and caffeine!

 

Jean Dickinson

Jean Dickinson is an independent contractor who teaches Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass at Knapton Musik Knotes.  She is licensed through the state of Wisconsin to teach K-12 instrumental music and specializes in strings.

Jean is the Conductor for the UW-Rock County Youth Orchestra, and she's a founding member of the Whitewater String Quartet.  She has participated as a player in the UW-Rock County Chamber Orchestra, Beloit Janesville Symphony, Choral Union Orchestra, Southern Lakes Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and the Waukesha Symphony.  

The worst arrangement Jean ever did was rap music on the cello/violin.  As you can imagine, it didn't work out very well!  

When she's not teaching or playing, Jean collects mid-century jewelry and odd watches.  She's an avid gardener, loves to fish and bike, as well as canoe.  She hopes to someday master jump-roping and the Pokeman card game that she plays with her grandson!

Teegan Lentz

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Teegan has experience teaching music to elementary and middle school students.  His love of music was developed by his choir teachers in middle and high school where he received Best Male Soloist in show choir, and he won the musical theater division at NAT.

Teegan now teaches guitar and piano at Knapton Musik Knotes.  He loves helping new students learn and grow as musicians!  

In addition to being musician, Teegan also loves hockey and played it for 14 years!