School of Performing Arts


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!

Each semester consists of 15 weeks of lessons. The 2018 Fall Semester begins August 6 and ends November 30. See rates below for your specific fees. All lessons are taught on campus at Bellevue Baptist Church.

Private Piano (per semester):

30 Minute Lessons      $394

45 Minute Lessons      $584

60 Minute Lessons      $784

Class Piano (per semester):

Children    $155

Adults    $175


Activities Fee (per semester): $25, includes a SPA t-shirt, theory book, Solo and Ensemble Festival, and an end of the year recital


Students have the option of a 4 part installment plan, with the first installment due at registration, and the following three due on the first Monday of the subsequent months.

A service charge of $3.50 will be added for each installment payment.


Any family with more than one student registering, or one student registering for multiple lessons, will receive a 10% discount starting on their second occurrence (excludes registration fee).


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.

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.

Anthony Baird

Anthony Baird – Piano

Anthony Baird holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education from the University of Memphis, where he specialized in piano and saxophone. In addition, he participated in marching band for seven years between high school and college, where he played the sousaphone. He has traveled with various musical groups from chamber ensembles to full orchestras, 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 is a member of the Bellevue Baptist Church Orchestra, where he plays saxophone and occasionally piano. He also plays piano and travels with the student choirs for their Student Music Mission Project every summer. He, and his wife Jenny, are both on staff at Bellevue. Anthony is working towards a Masters of Arts in Christian Apologetics. He is looking forward to how God is going to combine his theological studies with his music ministry.

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.

Natalie Mitchell

Natalie began her classical training in piano at the age of 8. She earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of Central Arkansas. She started teaching private piano in 2004, successfully operating her own business until coming on staff at Bellevue in May 2017. She has effectively taught both children and adults of all ages. Much of Natalie’s performance and training experience is in modern praise and worship along with traditional hymn. She continues to perform in weddings, recitals, and other special events and desires for her students to learn the special gift of music for their own enjoyment as well as others.

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