Talent Education School of Southern Illinois

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Who Are We?

Talent Education School of Southern Illinois (TESSI) was founded in 2005 by Alyce Ward (piano), Joyce Nelson (violin), and David Stoecker (guitar), in an effort to provide the Southern Illinois area with a quality musical education option for children and adults that puts the needs and well-being of students first.

Current Faculty:


Alyce Ward

Alyce Ward (owner): Suzuki Piano, Wiggles N' Tunes, KiddyKeys


Erin Price

Erin Price: Violin, Viola, Piano


Bethany Henning

Bethany Henning: Voice


Karen Strow

Karen Strow: Voice


David Stoecker

David Stoecker: Suzuki Guitar / fingerstyle


At TESSI our focus is always to maintain a fun and positive musical learning environment for all students, and to provide parents with the help they need to build a productive home learning environment as well.

Our Suzuki teachers hold degrees in music and have had extensive Suzuki teacher-training. TESSI is a registered member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and our faculty are engaged in training, study and research into Suzuki and other music teaching methods.

Youth Music is our specialty, so you can be assured that our faculty have the patience, skills and training to work with your child’s unique personality and learning style.

Our mission is to establish long-term relationships with our students and families and to provide a stable learning environment to ensure the success of every student.

Read Our Chamber of Commerce Announcement  ( PDF 91k - opens new window )

Doorway to world of music found at TESSI

Heartland Women Newspaper Article
October 2005


We encourage parent involvement in all school activities!

705 W Main Suite B1
Carbondale, IL 62901
(618) 457-6300


Last Updated:
September 08, 2014