School of Performing Arts



Available lessons:

  • Private Piano Lessons
  • Beginner Piano Class

Piano class is for beginners of all ages seeking a basic introduction to piano. New pianists will learn the note names, basic sight reading, rhythms, and some simple songs. Students age 6 must be accompanied by an adult in the class. Class size is limited, and students will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis. All students will receive a class piano book and a tee shirt.

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Mary Smith

Mary graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management in Fall 2007. She began teaching lessons in 2010 and continued through her college and adult years. Mary joined the Bellevue School of Performing Arts in the Spring of 2021 as a private piano instructor.

She has always had a passion for music but believes her love for it really began at Bellevue when she was enrolled in the string program. Additionally, she believes that music can be used to minister to students as an expression of our Creator. Before joining the SPA, Mary had the joy of working with children through Bellevue’s Children’s Ministry.

Mary loves spending time with her husband, Joseph, and children, Godric, Daisy, and Magnolia.

Audrey Davis

Audrey started taking piano lessons at age six and went on to learn trumpet (playing through college in marching band, concert band, and orchestra), violin, and french horn. She has been playing in the Bellevue Orchestra along with her husband since 1986. Before coming to Bellevue, she enjoyed playing in the orchestra in various other churches where her husband served on staff. She also loves singing and enjoys participating in the Bellevue Women’s Worship team. She has been married to Steve for over 25 years, and they have two children, Gloria and Philip who are also in the Bellevue Orchestra. Audrey earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. She home educated her two children for 12 years and has taught piano, trumpet, and violin over the years. Her desire is to teach students to become more skilled on their instruments, and to use their abilities to bring glory to God. “Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. “Psalm 33:3

Dan Davis

Dan Davis is a Memphis native and a product of the Bellevue Music program. He participated in Graded Choirs, Handbell Ensembles, and the Adult Choir and Orchestra. He started Piano at the age of 6, and went on to participate in High School Band, Orchestra, Choir, and Jazz Band on both Piano and Drum Set, making All-State in Band, Jazz Band (on Piano), and Voice. For over 30 years he has been teaching private lessons in Percussion, Piano, and Voice for the Bellevue SPA, the Germantown Conservatory of Music, and privately.

After some time in college, Dan joined the United States Marine Corps to participate in their Field Band program. He served for eight years, and was stationed for four years in New Orleans, Louisiana with the Third Marine Airwing Band, now known as the Marine Forces Reserve Band. Dan went on to complete a Bachelor of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Memphis after leaving the military.

Since then, Dan has performed with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, as well as in various musical theatre productions and private engagements across the Mid-South. He taught Elementary Music for 7 years with the former Memphis City Schools, specializing in Orff-Schulwerk. He also completed a Master's in Education from Union University during this time.

Dan has been a lifelong Bellevue member, and is humbled and honored to continue to serve in the School of Performing Arts, as well as in the Bellevue Orchestra and as a Life Group teacher.

Donna Browning

Donna holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Union University in Music (Piano) and Elementary Education, and is certified to teach Instrumental Music in grades K-12. Since graduating from college, Donna has taught private piano lessons and taught in various elementary schools in Fayette County and Shelby County, as well as First Assembly Christian School. Most recently, she has been a music substitute for several schools and a class piano teacher for Shelby County Schools. While teaching class piano, Donna's students performed each Spring in the All City Class Piano Recital.

Donna is a member of Bartlett Baptist Church where she has taught children's choir, interpretive movement, and Vacation Bible School. She has also worked with youth groups going on several mission trips. She has sung in the church choir, as well as a ladies' ensemble, played in the church orchestra, and played handbells.

Donna is always excited to help young musicians learn something that can bring joy to their lives and great sense of accomplishment.

Anne Gardner

Anne was born and raised in Paris, TN, and has always had a love for music. She began taking piano lessons at age eight and continued throughout childhood, college years, and as an adult. She has been blessed to study with wonderful piano teachers at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary School of Church Music, the University of Memphis, Germantown Baptist Church Conservatory of Music, and currently Bellevue School of Performing Arts.

Prior to her joining the SPA staff at Bellevue, she was a piano teacher at GBC Conservatory for 3 1/2 years. Anne has also worked for many years as an elementary school teacher, and it was then that she discovered that teaching is not only a job, but a mission.

A piano teacher once shared with Anne that becoming a successful pianist is 5% the teacher and 95% the student. Therefore, Anne's advice to anyone desiring to become a good musician is to PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!!!

One of Anne's favorite Bible verses is Psalm 32:8 which says, "I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye."

Emma Hampton
Chloe Pillow

Chloe graduated from the University of Memphis in Spring 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. She comes from a family of musicians, educators, and music educators. She has always enjoyed music, a passion which she especially gets from her grandmother and mother.

She began participating in choirs at age four and has almost always been involved with a choir or theatre group. She began taking piano lessons at around age seven or eight and played for many years. When she began attending Bellevue, she quickly joined the Student Choir and later the Adult Choir, participating in things such as Student Music Mission Project trips and The Singing Christmas Tree. In college, she was in two choirs and took four semesters of piano classes.

Chloe joined the Bellevue School of Performing Arts as a Class Piano Instructor in 2022. She believes music is fun, educational, and a great way to express praise to and joy in the Lord. She hopes to instill and encourage a love for music in every student.

Chloe enjoys spending time with her husband, Alan, who is also a pianist and vocalist, and with her family and friends.

Cindy Ruth

Cindy started playing the piano at age seven. As a teenager she played the organ and piano for her church in Pennsylvania as well as sang in the choir. She also sang in her school choir and played the clarinet in the school band.

Her family has been Bellevue members since 1986, and Cindy has sung in the choir, Singing Christmas Tree, patriotic programs, and the Passion Play. She has taught children's life groups, children's music at Bellevue Arlington for three years, children's KWOW and children's worship.

Since 2000, she has been teaching piano, is a member of GCAPTA (Germantown Collierville Area Piano Teachers Association), and has had students participating in many festivals through the Association, through local music store festivals, and semi-annual recitals. She loves teaching music and observing students as they develop their musical skills.

Cindy's husband, Tim, is the Set Construction Coordinator at Bellevue, and they love traveling and spending time with their four sons, three daughter-in-laws, and five grandchildren.