School of Performing Arts

Contemporary Piano (Worship)


In the Center for Music in Worship, piano/keyboard instruction will be tailored to that of worship music. Students will still learn the fundamentals of reading music, playing chords, and learning rhythms. After the fundamentals are mastered that emphasis swings toward learning music of a contemporary genre, and also toward learning the technology skills needed to produce click tracks, use keyboard effects, and other synthesizer skills that are useful for modern worship music styles.

Piano/keyboard Students in the Center for Music in Worship are also highly encouraged to participate in WorshipU, a free, contemporary Christian worship training band that meets Thursdays from 4:30-6:00. The goal of this program is to incorporate the skills you’re learning in private lessons, and utilize them in a band setting where you will learn, grow, and lead worship from time to time as a band. WorshipU is taught by worship leaders in Bellevue’s music ministry.


Steve Davis

Steve Davis a Memphis native, has been ministering in instrumental music for over 30 years starting with the Bellevue Sanctuary Orchestra in 1984. His main instrument of expertise is the trombone. He received both his Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from the University of Memphis in 1990 and 1996 respectively. Steve started teaching private lessons in brass and piano through Bellevue’s Performing Arts Center in 1986.

He has served at Leawood Baptist Church, Metro Baptist Church (just outside Nashville), Germantown Baptist Church, Bellevue Baptist Church, and Collierville First Baptist Church over the years in their music ministries. Also, he has played with the River City Community Band, the Germantown Symphony Orchestra and Central Church Orchestra. Both he, his wife Audrey, daughter Gloria, and son Philip are members of the Bellevue Orchestra.

Leigh Neria

Leigh Neria was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, and moved to Memphis upon completion of a B.S. Education in Instrumental Music from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. She studied clarinet under Dr. Scott Bridges, performed in the Alabama Wind Ensemble under the direction of the late Dr. Gerald Welker and Kenneth Ozzello, and was a member of the Million Dollar Band. Mr. Holcomb recruited her to Memphis, and she began teaching music/band in Memphis City Schools in August of 2000.

She received her Master’s in Administration and Supervision from Grand Canyon University in the spring of 2010 and has served in administration in Memphis/Shelby County Schools, a middle school band director, and is currently an Orff Music Specialist at Shady Grove Elementary School. Leigh has served as a private woodwind teacher in the Memphis area for over nineteen years, as well as an educator in the Memphis/Shelby County School District. Leigh is a member of Bellevue Baptist Church, and is also a member of the Bellevue Orchestra.

Julian Henderson

Julian Henderson is a native Memphian who has been playing drums since he was three years old. He grew up in our School of Performing Arts and has participated and led our Trash Can Ensemble in performances around the city. He was homeschooled and then earned a degree in music education in 2014 from Wheaton College, located in the suburbs of Chicago. While at Wheaton, Julian gained experience playing various musical styles in many venues around Chicago and the surrounding area as well as the use of a wide variety of percussions instruments. His primary instruments are drum set and mallets. Since graduating, Julian has returned to Memphis share the knowledge and experience he gained and even more importantly his passion for the percussive arts with students and fellow musicians. He has taught in schools, worked with the Memphis Music Initiative, and currently plays at Bellevue Baptist Church and various gigs around the city. Julian’s educational philosophy is to train not just the hands and feet, but to engage the brain, heart, soul, and mind as well.

James R. Holcomb

Jim Holcomb spent 24 years in the classroom as an instrumental and vocal music teacher. In the early 90s, Jim was asked to serve as the supervisor of music programs for Memphis City Schools, and served in this role for 21 years.  Following his time in public school music education, Jim served as the administrator of the Bellevue School of Performing Arts for approximately 5 years where he continues to serve as a brass teacher; marking almost 52 years in service to music/arts education in Tennessee and Mississippi. Additionally, Mr. Holcomb teaches french horn at Christian Brothers High School.

During his tenure as a classroom music teacher, Jim’s performing ensembles were well known for the comprehensive nature of a music program, experiencing consistent success at local, regional, and national festivals.  In service to the Tennessee Music Education Association and affiliated regional associations, Jim received an “Outstanding Administrator” Award in 2006, Jim has also served on grant panels for the Tennessee Arts Commission and Memphis City Center Commission, has served on the Board of the Governor’s School of the Arts (1992-1996), and is currently serving on the Board of the Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation and the Cultural Connections by Design Technologies National Board of Directors. He is a recipient of the Tennessee Arts Academy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Amro Music Educator’s Walk of Fame Award, the TMEA Music Educator’s Hall of Fame, the American Legion Americanism Award and countless others.

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.

Mollie Tatum

Mollie Tatum holds her Master’s degree in Vocal Performance, as well as her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education (emphasis in both flute and voice) from the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music (2010, 2008). She holds her Tennessee State Teaching License in K-12 Music Education, (both Choral and Instrumental Emphasis). Mollie studied voice with Dr. Pamela Gaston, (University of Memphis; 2004-2010), voice and piano with Mrs. Rose Mary Anderson, flute with Mr. Bruce Erskine (University of Memphis; 2004-2008) and Mrs. Valerie Bachelor, and choral conducting with Dr. Lawrence Edwards (University of Memphis; 2007-2010). Mollie has taught private voice and flute at the Bellevue School of Performing Arts for over 14 years, and has served as choral and flute ensemble director for various choirs and ensembles in the area.

Mollie performs regularly as a soloist for various choirs and ensembles in the Memphis area. She especially enjoyed her role as Maria in the Harrell Theatre’s production of The Sound of Music, for which she received an Ostrander Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. Through recitals, competitions and ministry venues, Mollie aims for her students to grow in their love of music and the Lord, to find their “core sound”, to sharpen their individual skills to the very best of their ability, and to become comfortable in using their gift to bless others and glorify the Lord! Mollie enjoys spending time with her husband Ben, two precious boys Daniel and Samuel, and her adorable little girl Emily.

Kevin Powers

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and a Master of Arts in Music Performance (Clarinet) from Pensacola Christian College. While in Pensacola, he taught private lessons for all band instruments at both Pensacola Christian College and Pensacola Christian Academy. In 2003, Kevin moved to Memphis to develop the music program at Macon Road Baptist School where he remained until May 2014. In January 2017, he joined the SPA faculty, and is a member of the Bellevue Orchestra. Kevin enjoys teaching and watching students use their musical talents for the Lord.