Dawn Striker-Roberts

Dawn S.

O Fallon, IL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I like to work on tone, technique, sight reading and musicality in lessons. I also play duets with students during lessons to work on tone blending as well as intonation.
I can also teach reed making and reed adjustment.

About Dawn S.

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 close to 30 years and enjoy working one on one with students. I currently perform in the area and teach oboe at two area universities, at a local middle school, and have several private students from elementary age to adults.

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David C.
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Posted Mar 5, 2020
Alex S.
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My daughter learned additional skills and mastered new pieces while working with Dawn. Her dedication and experience teaching online helped our young oboist to progress quicker, and the school band teacher noticed the improvement too. We're happy we found Dawn on takelessons!

Posted Feb 8, 2020
Madeline B.
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My daughter enjoyed her lesson with Dawn. Dawn was able to adjust her instruction according to my daughter’s ability. Thank you for a great lesson, Dawn!

Posted Sep 13, 2019
David C.
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Posted Aug 29, 2019
Aparna
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Dawn is magnificent with our young daughter. She is patient, encouraging, and extremely technically proficient. Her teaching style has infused our daughter with a genuine love for her instrument. We couldn't ask for anyone better!

Posted Aug 5, 2019
Ginger S.
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Posted Jul 8, 2019
Alex S.
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Posted May 30, 2019
Nathan
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Dawn is very encouraging and in just a short amount of time was able to make corrections for my son which greatly improved his sound and consistency. Thanks.

Posted May 2, 2019
Kayleigh D.
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We love Dawn! She is doing a great job with Kayleigh!

Posted Mar 16, 2019
Stephanie
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This lesson was extremely helpful!

Posted Mar 8, 2019
Jamie D.
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Posted Jan 30, 2019
Jada
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My daughter was sooo excited about the lesson and she got a lot out of the first one. Thanks!

Posted Jan 27, 2019
Phillip M.
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Dawn is patient and encouraging. She passes along her experience in a clear, easy fashion.

Posted Dec 31, 2018
Hannah D.
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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."

Posted Sep 7, 2018
Ginger S.
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Our daughter says, "Best instructor ever!!"

Posted Aug 29, 2018
Carleigh
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My 11year old daughter loved her first lesson. Said the teacher was very informative and taught her some better techniques.

Posted Aug 14, 2018
Angela
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I had so much fun!

Posted Aug 14, 2018
Ginger S.
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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!

Posted Jul 21, 2018
Anjika
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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.

Posted Jul 10, 2018
Leathia R. S.
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Dawn is so helpful and patient. Great lesson.

Posted Jul 7, 2018
Ginger S.
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Posted Jun 16, 2018
Daniel
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Daniel is off and playing with the Oboe!

Posted Jun 13, 2018
Timothy
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Posted Jun 13, 2018
Leathia R. S.
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I just love all the advice Dawn gives us. Dawn is very patient and encouraging.

Posted May 19, 2018
Kindra
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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.

Posted Apr 6, 2018
Leathia R. S.
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Great teacher. We have learned so much.

Posted Mar 17, 2018
Leathia R. S.
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I just love working with Dawn. She explains everything clearly and is very helpful.

Posted Jan 6, 2018
Michael
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Very experienced and knowledgeable.

Posted Dec 22, 2017
Leathia R. S.
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Sure enjoy all the help Dawn gives us. Dawn is very patient .

Posted Dec 2, 2017
Leathia R. S.
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Fantastic fun class. Thanks for all your help.

Posted Nov 4, 2017
Briana J.
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Posted Oct 4, 2017
Heather H.
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thank you 😃

Posted Aug 30, 2017
Mason ..
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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.

Posted Aug 21, 2017
Leathia R. S.
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Dawn is so very helpful and patient . I enjoy working with Dawn and playing my oboe.

Posted Jul 21, 2017
Rayne C.
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she was the best oboe instructer ever. i really enjoyed her.

Posted Jun 30, 2017
Jacqueline I.
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Posted Jun 12, 2017
Ethan D.
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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.

Posted Apr 8, 2017
Amber H.
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Posted Mar 22, 2017
Rita and Kevin M.
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Posted Mar 2, 2017
Leathia R. S.
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Dawn is the greatest teacher. She is very knowledgeable and patient. I really enjoy my oboe lessons.

Posted Feb 17, 2017
Serra S.
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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.

Posted Feb 10, 2017
Janet B.
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Dawn is a knowledgeable teacher. She is great at answering questions and offering practical solutions.

Posted Feb 7, 2017
Briana J.
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Posted Jan 11, 2017
Briana
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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.

Posted Jan 2, 2017
Heather H.
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thank you :)

Posted Dec 20, 2016
Alexis A.
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Dawn is wonderful instructor!! My daughter is enjoying her Oboe lessons, and looks forward to the next lesson with Dawn. Highly recommend, Dawn!.

Posted Dec 12, 2016
Heather H.
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Posted Dec 6, 2016
Fritz H.
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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.

Posted Nov 29, 2016
Jacqueline I.
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Liked the pace and Dawn has a wealth of knowledge about all areas of Oboe.

Posted Oct 28, 2016
Grant
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My son is loving his lessons and learning so much. Dawn is great!

Posted Oct 6, 2016
Leathia R. S.
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Really enjoyed the lesson. Dawn gave lots of tips. Looking forward to future lessons.

Posted Sep 16, 2016
Melanie C.
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She is fantastic. The half hour flew by. It is clear that she enjoys playing and has the knowledge and skill to teach others.

Posted Jun 14, 2016

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Experience

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

Oboist
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.

Oboist
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.

Education

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

Affiliations

American Federation of Musicians
Oct 2018
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.
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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