Our Teachers

Brenda Buchanan

Ms. B is highly qualified to instruct students of all ages and levels.  With a Master of Arts in piano pedagogy from Eastern Illinois University, NCTM (Nationally Certified Teacher of Music) certification through Music Teachers National Association (see MTNA.org), and a member of ISMTA with over 30 years of professional teaching and performing experience, your teacher provides individualized instruction for each student, based on his/her needs, capabilities, preferences, and desire to learn.  Music instruction involves collaboration between the teacher, the student, and the parents, for the best possible outcome. 

Your teacher will provide consistent and high-quality lesson material, which includes technique, repertoire, sight-reading, ensemble playing, basic singing skills (match pitches), aural training, and composition.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in Achievement in Music (A.I.M.) standardized testing annually in order to have objective evaluation on their knowledge and performance.   Learning to play the piano should be enjoyable – even fun!

Robert Davenport
Robert Davenport

With over 25 combined years of performance, education and teaching experience with percussion, guitar and string bass, Robert teaches students of all ages and abilities in all styles, including modern, classical and jazz. Every lesson is individualized to match the abilities and interests of the student to the appropriate amount of challenge, keeping them progressing and enjoying the experience.

Robert has a Bachelor of Music degree in guitar studies and theory from the University of Dayton and is a member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association), and NAfME (National Association for Music Education).

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Marcia Rudin

Marcia Rudin recently joined our studio.  She lives in Palatine where she teaches piano and flute students.  She has a Bachelor's degree in music education with a double major in flute and piano, and a M.A. in flute performance.  She has performed with several orchestras, ensembles, and flute choirs in the area and is currently the resident flute instructor at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights.  Mrs. Rudin teaches beginners through advanced students.


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Linda Strickland is an accomplished pianist and experienced teacher who has studied music at Harper College in Palatine, IL and Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Having studied under the American concert pianist Denver Oldham, she has developed a love for classical music – especially Beethoven sonatas.  She is also adept at teaching and performing other styles of music, including jazz, blues, folk, rock, ragtime, and show tunes.  Mrs. Strickland is a member of MTNA and the NWSMTA Chapter of ISMTA.  She has coached several students through AIM evaluations, recitals, and competitions with successful outcomes.  She enjoys one-on-one teaching best where she can help develop the student’s talent and skills, giving them the confidence to shine. 

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