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!   

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!

Ruth Banwell


Ruth has experience teaching violin, viola, cello, double bass, and piano.  She has taught for over 35 years, which has included 18 years as orchestra director with the Janesville School District.   She graduated with a Bachelors in Music from Augustana College in Rock Island Illinois.  

Ruth is certified through Suzuki Book 6 and had her own private studio up to when she started in the Janesville School District.  Ruth has experience teaching students ranging from 3 years of age to adults. She has performed many years in the Rockford Symphony, Rockford Symphony String Quartet and was the Rockford Symphony Librarian. Ruth has also performed with the Beloit Janesville Symphony and Turtle Creek Chamber Orchestra.