Dawn Striker-Roberts

Dawn S.

O Fallon, IL
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Dawn delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 1992

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and a Master's Degree in Music Performance. I also performed as a musician with a military band for over 20 years, performing on oboe, English horn, saxophone, percussion, piano/synthesizer, and as a vocalist. I have been teaching privately for over 20 years and enjoy working one on one with students. I currently teach oboe at two area universities and have several private students of all ages.


Adjunct Oboe Instructor
Aug 2017 - Present
Saint Louis University

Adjunct Oboe Instructor
Aug 2017 - Present
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

Private Teacher/Freelance musician
May 2017 - Present
in the St Louis/Metro East area

Teacher/Freelance musician
Nov 2013 - Apr 2017
in the San Diego area

Dec 1996 - Dec 2010
United States Air Force Band of Mid-America

Performed on oboe/English horn, saxophone, piano, and as a vocalist in various musical groups. Also featured soloist on several tours.

Adjunct oboe instructor
Jan 2003 - May 2010
McKendree University

Taught private oboe to undergraduate music majors and minors.

Sep 1990 - Dec 1996
United States Air Force Band of the West

Performed on oboe/English horn in wind ensemble, woodwind quintet, chamber groups and as a soloist.


Masters Degree, Music Performance (oboe/English horn)
Aug 2014 - May 2016
San Diego State University
Bachelor of Science, Music Education
Sep 1984 - May 1989
Tennessee Technological University


International Double Reed Society
Jan 1994

The International Double Reed Society (IDRS) was established in December of 1971 and is a world-wide organization of double reed (oboe and bassoon family) players, instrument manufacturers and enthusiasts. The society has over 4,400 members from 56 countries. Within the United States, 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are represented.

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40 Reviews

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Phillip Dec 31, 2018
Oboe · In studio

Dawn is patient and encouraging. She passes along her experience in a clear, easy fashion.

Hannah D. Sep 7, 2018
Oboe · Online

Dawn lived up to every word of other's glowing reviews. "Dad, I learned more in a half hour than I did in class all last year."

Ginger Aug 29, 2018
Oboe · Online

Our daughter says, "Best instructor ever!!"

Carleigh Aug 14, 2018
Oboe · Online

My 11year old daughter loved her first lesson. Said the teacher was very informative and taught her some better techniques.

Angela Aug 14, 2018
Oboe · Online

I had so much fun!

Ginger Jul 21, 2018
Oboe · Online

Our daughter really enjoys her lessons with Ms. Dawn. She does a great job breaking things down for her students. You can tell that she wants her students to have strong fundamentals before they move on to learn new notes, tricky rhythms, or different styles of music!

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Anjika Jul 10, 2018
Oboe · Online

First lesson was just wonderful! Anjika loved Dawn’s sweet and caring nature, and her attention to technical details. After her lesson, she felt invigorated and is very excited to continue learning with her new teacher.

Leathia R. S. Jul 7, 2018
Oboe · Online

Dawn is so helpful and patient. Great lesson.

Ginger Jun 16, 2018
Oboe · Online

Daniel Jun 13, 2018
Oboe · Online

Daniel is off and playing with the Oboe!

Timothy Jun 13, 2018
Oboe · Online

Leathia R. S. May 19, 2018
Oboe · Online

I just love all the advice Dawn gives us. Dawn is very patient and encouraging.

Kindra Apr 6, 2018
Oboe · Online

Dawn was really good and patient with my daughter as this was her first time ever playing. She learned a lot just in her first lesson.

Leathia R. S. Mar 17, 2018
Oboe · Online

Great teacher. We have learned so much.

Leathia R. S. Jan 6, 2018
Oboe · Online

I just love working with Dawn. She explains everything clearly and is very helpful.

Michael Dec 22, 2017
Oboe · Online

Very experienced and knowledgeable.

Leathia R. S. Dec 2, 2017
Oboe · Online

Sure enjoy all the help Dawn gives us. Dawn is very patient .

Leathia R. S. Nov 4, 2017
Oboe · Online

Fantastic fun class. Thanks for all your help.

Briana J. Oct 4, 2017
Oboe · Online

Heather H. Aug 30, 2017
Oboe · Online

thank you 😃

Mason .. Aug 21, 2017
Oboe · Online

After just a few lessons, I have learned so much! I have been playing oboe for about a year, and we have been filling in the gaps in my learning. Dawn also writes detailed reports of every lesson, which is super helpful to remember everything in the lessons. She is quick to respond to any questions I ask her outside of the lessons.

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Leathia R. S. Jul 21, 2017
Oboe · Online

Dawn is so very helpful and patient . I enjoy working with Dawn and playing my oboe.

Rayne C. Jun 30, 2017
Oboe · Online

she was the best oboe instructer ever. i really enjoyed her.

Jacqueline I. Jun 12, 2017
Oboe · Online

Ethan D. Apr 8, 2017
Oboe · Online

Dawn is great. I get a lot out of each session, and if I forget something it's no problem because she always follows up with comprehensive notes.

Amber H. Mar 22, 2017
Oboe · Online

Rita and Kevin M. Mar 2, 2017
Oboe · Online

Leathia R. S. Feb 17, 2017
Oboe · Online

Dawn is the greatest teacher. She is very knowledgeable and patient. I really enjoy my oboe lessons.

Serra S. Feb 10, 2017
Oboe · Online

For my daughters first lesson it went pretty good. We had some reception issues which is not her fault, but the downside to doing lessons online. She worked with her on some techinical issues , as well as jumped right in to work on her music she is using in band.

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Janet B. Feb 7, 2017
Oboe · Online

Dawn is a knowledgeable teacher. She is great at answering questions and offering practical solutions.

Briana J. Jan 11, 2017
Oboe · Online

Briana Jan 2, 2017
Oboe · Online

Dawn is a wonderful teacher- patient, fun, encouraging who customizes the lessons to my needs and then sends an email full of lesson notes so I can keep on track with my practice sessions. I'm an adult learner and highly recommend her as an oboe teacher.

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Heather H. Dec 20, 2016
Oboe · Online

thank you :)

Alexis A. Dec 12, 2016
Oboe · Online

Dawn is wonderful instructor!! My daughter is enjoying her Oboe lessons, and looks forward to the next lesson with Dawn. Highly recommend, Dawn!.

Heather H. Dec 6, 2016
Oboe · Online

Fritz H. Nov 29, 2016
Oboe · Online

Dawn was great with my 10 year old son. She really took a lot of time with him. She had a lit of patience. By the end of the lesson he had learned how to do some of the fingering he had been having trouble with. He felt a lot more confident with his Instrument. I would highly recommend her to any student. In addition to the lesson, she was very easy to schedule with and fit us in at very short notice.

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Jacqueline I. Oct 28, 2016
Oboe · Online

Liked the pace and Dawn has a wealth of knowledge about all areas of Oboe.

Grant Oct 6, 2016
Oboe · Online

My son is loving his lessons and learning so much. Dawn is great!

Leathia R. S. Sep 16, 2016
Oboe · Online

Really enjoyed the lesson. Dawn gave lots of tips. Looking forward to future lessons.

Melanie C. Jun 14, 2016
Oboe · Online

She is fantastic. The half hour flew by. It is clear that she enjoys playing and has the knowledge and skill to teach others.

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