School of Performing Arts

Piano and Harp

Welcome to Bellevue’s School of Performing Arts–a place where adults and children can learn and develop musical skills in a nurturing environment. Our desire here at Bellevue is to provide opportunities to develop and use the talents that God has given us to tell His wonderful story and give Him glory!

Private Piano and Harp as well as Class Piano are offered here at the SPA.  The 2018 Spring Semester will start on January 8 and go through May 4. This will be a 15 week semester. See rates below for your specific fees.  All lessons are taught here at Bellevue Baptist Church.

All new students must pay a $25 registration fee ($50 family maximum) as well as their tuition and activities fee.

Private Piano:

  • 30 Minute Lessons     $389
  • 45 Minute Lessons     $579
  • 60 Minute Lessons     $779

Class Piano: All classes take place in E204.

  • Ages 6 through 10       $155
  • Ages 11 through 18     $175
  • Adults                                     $175

Private Harp:

  • 30 Minute Lessons     $389
  • 45 Minute Lessons     $579
  • 60 Minute Lessons     $779

Activities Fee = $25/per semester

  • Includes a SPA t-shirt, theory book, solo-ensemble, and an end of year recital.

*INSTALLMENT PLAN: Students have the option of a 4 part installment plan. Tuition will be due on January 8, February 5, March 5, and April 2. A service charge of $3.50 will be added for each installment payment.

**FAMILY PLAN: Any family with more than one student registering or more than one kind of lesson will receive a 10% discount starting on their second occurrence (excludes registration fee). You must register in the SPA Office to receive this special discount.


The School of Performing Arts is blessed to have a variety of teachers proficient in their specific instrument. At the SPA we value the importance of ministry excellence. Our teachers not only are skilled musicians and teachers, but are also incredible Christian men and women who strive to equip your students with right tools to help them excel in their music careers and everyday life.


Cindy Kenney

Cindy Kenney – Piano

Cindy Kenney has been involved in music at Bellevue since 1982, initially as a volunteer pianist and director in the Children’s Choir program. She began teaching private piano in 1994. She joined the Music Ministry staff in 2000 and currently serves as Assistant Director of K-WOW, primarily overseeing 2nd-5th grade children’s music. She also sings with the Adult Choir.

Cindy earned a B.S. in Education from Auburn University and home-educated her children. Her husband Doug is a veterinarian. Their family includes Sarah, Jon (Jessica), Daniel, Philip (Savannah), and grandsons Cooper, Colton, Caden, and Chase. Cindy’s passion is that God’s gift of music becomes a lifelong adventure for her students and is used to honor Him, encourage others, and enrich their own lives.

Grace Pitman

Grace Pitman – Piano

Grace was classically trained in music and piano performance from the age of 4 years old. She studied under world-renowned concert pianist, Cornelia Petrescu, until age 15, when due to physical injuries in her right wrist had to put her consistent performance training on hold. She spent her time furthering her education in studying music textbooks and classes taught by Susan Powell, a composer and graduate of the music department at St. Olaf College, in Minnesota.

Grace then went on to study for 2 years under the apprenticeship of composer and former conductor of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Mr. John Hodges. Grace began teaching piano privately when she was 14 years old, and has successfully taught children of all ages the art of reading music and instrumental performance.

Jonathan Glisson

Jonathan has a rich background in music as a composer and a performer. Jonathan’s award winning work has been featured in chamber performances by groups such as the Prizm Ensemble (Memphis, TN) and Present Music Ensemble (Milwaukee, WI), and has been featured in short films, TV spots, video games, musicals, and more. As a performer, Jonathan has played piano with the University of Memphis Contemporary Chamber Players and has toured with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra as a member of the chorus. He has taught music lessons since 2010 and has been a teacher for Bellevue’s School of Performing Arts since Fall of 2016.

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

Steve Davis

Steve Davis – Piano

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, and daughter Gloria are current members of the Bellevue Orchestra, and their son Philip is a member of the band program at Bellevue.

Paula Threlkeld

Paula Threlkeld – Harp/Piano

Paula Threlkeld has taught piano and harp privately for over 25 years. She received her elementary education degree from the University of Memphis and has extensive experience working with children. She currently teaches K-5 music at Evangelical Christian School, where she also leads the ECS Harpers. She directs Bellevue’s own “Hallelujah Harps” and has served as the principal harpist for the Bellevue Orchestra for 15 years.

Paula is ABRSM tested to level 5 and has played with the Memphis Harps. Her prayer is that God would use her to nurture each child’s natural love of music, help them develop their skills, and provide opportunities for them to minister through music to others in Jesus’ name. Paula is married to Rev. Carter Threlkeld, and they have six children: Josh, Sarah, Maria, Alicia, Zach, and Brian.

Sara Gibbs

Sara Gibbs is a pianist from Florida. She received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL in May 2009. Sara then went onto the University of Memphis, and received a Master of Music in Piano Performance in May 2011. She was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship in Class Piano at the University of Memphis from 2009-2014. The Beethoven Club of Memphis also awarded her 2nd place in their Young Artists Competition in 2011. Sara is currently working towards a Doctoral of Musical Arts in Piano Performance degree at the University of Memphis. She has taught in various schools in both Florida and Tennessee since 2005 as well as doing work as a freelance accompanist and performer.