School of Performing Arts

Piano

About

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 ages 6 and below 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.

Teachers

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.

Anthony Baird

Anthony Baird holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education (Saxophone) from the University of Memphis. He participated in marching band for seven years between high school and college, including the Mighty Sound of the South for three seasons on tuba. He also played tuba, saxophone, and piano in various ensembles at U of M, including the Wind Ensemble and the Southern Comfort Jazz Orchestra, performing throughout Europe, China, and the United States. Along with performing , Anthony is passionate about teaching. He enjoys working with and learning from his students, and challenging them to grow beyond what they might have expected they could, both musically and in life. He has taught private music lessons for twelve years, and has taught the SPA homeschool band and orchestra. He has served at Bellevue Baptist Church since 2007 in various musical ministries including the Bellevue Orchestra, Student Choir and Band, and the Singing Christmas Tree. In 2020, he earned a Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics from Veritas Academy. He enjoys weaving the Gospel into everything he teaches whether music or language arts. Anthony has been married to his wife, Jenny, for five years.

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

Alan Pillow

Alan has grown up in Bellevue participating in the School of Performing Arts and the student choirs. He started to love piano in middle school and began taking lessons from Josh Stewart, continuing until graduating high school. He also took violin lessons in SPA for four years. He is now pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Memphis, but his love for music as a tool to glorify the Lord makes it a joy to teach in SPA and pass along what he has learned.

Jonathan Glisson

Jonathan has a rich musical background as a composer, producer, and performer. His proficiency in piano, guitar, and drums has enabled him to perform in highly skilled chamber group settings as well as in large-scale musical productions. Because of this diversity of experience, he has been able to work with musical styles ranging from pop tunes to cinematic scores. His award-winning compositions have been featured in live performances, film, video games, and more. In addition, he writes worship songs and arrangements that are actively sung in several local churches.

Jonathan has taught music since 2010 and has been with the Bellevue School of Performing Arts since the Fall of 2016. His passion has been to help his students reach their goals, whether they be developing instrumental skills, pursuing music academically, composing for various media, or getting published on platforms such as iTunes and Spotify.

Jonathan has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Composition from the University of Memphis, with an emphasis on piano performance, and a Master of Theological Studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He currently resides with his wife Becca and son Jacob in Millington, TN, where he serves as the Minister of Worship at Lucy Baptist Church.

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.