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

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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.

Shannon Schoville

Ms. Schoville began singing in church at the age of eight, and continued throughout high school. After taking a few years away from music, she returned to singing and completed a Bachelors of Music in Performance degree at Indiana University’s Fort Wayne campus, where she won the Concerto/Aria competition in 2009, and was awarded the Emilene Manheim Scholarship for Soprano. She also holds a Master of Music in Performance from Converse College in South Carolina. With professional experience in opera and musical theatre in both the United States and Italy, Ms. Schoville draws from a large repertoire and enjoys helping students of all ages realize their musical potential while maintaining good vocal health. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and has been an adjudicator for the Indiana State School Music Association. When not teaching she continues to perform professionally, and works to further her education and knowledge of music and the human voice.

Robyn Doege-Brennan

Robyn is an independent contractor who teaches voice and piano at Knapton Musik Knotes.  Her passion for music, combined with her experience and education, provides a unique opportunity for students of all ages. Robyn holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice Performance with a Piano Minor from Illinois Wesleyan University, and she is currently the only certified Speech Level Singing Instructor in the Midwest.

Robyn and her husband Jim are the proud parents of two boys that are graduates of Rock Prairie Montessori School where she serves as Director of Operations. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, exercise and spending quiet time with her family.  

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!