Kevin Bellile - Owner /Teacher
A natural coach, Kevin loves encouraging young people to be the best they can be. Kevin has taught music for more than 30 years. He learned piano at a young age and then added guitar. Kevin honed his musical craft in Los Angeles at the Dick Grove School of Music, which helped to launch his writing, arranging, sound production and performance profession. Kevin grew up in the Des Moines area and received a degree from Concordia, Seward NE, in Education with a Director of Christian Education endorsement. He has been a full-time music teacher, music minister, youth minister and part-time coach.
Kevin produced and arranged “Hymns of Grace” a CD and music book set for churches to play traditional hymns in a contemporary way. He also founded, wrote songs for, performed with, and managed a band that toured in several states. Kevin and Kellee have two wonderful children.
Kevin’s passion is to instill a love of music to students, so they are not only able to play with excellence, but they are also able to play with passion in their hearts.
Kellee Bellile - Owner/Teacher
Kellee has taught music for more than 30 years, groups and individuals, in many different settings. She loves children and young adults, and her passion is to teach students to perform AND love music through movement, rhythm instruments, games and fun songs. Determined not to follow the status quo, Kellee is constantly researching how to best teach and inspire musicians to be all they can be by training both their note reading and creative skills. What that means for the students is that they will be trained to not only play classical music fluently, but to also feel comfortable leading a band, playing with chords and lead sheets, and improvising.
She graduated from Concordia University in Seward, NE with a degree in Elementary Education, majoring in music. Kellee studied jazz piano at the acclaimed Dick Grove School of Music in Los Angeles and has toured with a Christian rock band in several states. She has been a full-time music minister for 11 years, directing adult and children’s choirs, worship teams, orchestras and ensembles from two to more than 100 participants.
Karissa Bellile - Teacher
Being Kevin and Kellee’s daughter, Karissa has been immersed in music since before she could walk and talk! She has been playing piano and drums since she was a child and played snare on the Valley High School drumline and Iowa State University’s Goove – ISU’s winter drum line.
Karissa started as an assistant at Arrow Academy when the studio opened in 2010 and is a very natural, gifted teacher. She always finds ways to keep her piano and drum students engaged and excited to learn their instrument.
Melissa Pettigrew – Teacher
Melissa loved music from a young age. She received professional piano instruction for seven years and has gained over 25 years of music experience via playing for community senior centers, leading and participating in various faith-based bands, composing her own music, and mentoring others in music. While she did continue to study music via a few college courses, she received her degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Northern Iowa and enjoys working in technology. Melissa feels that her creative mind, nurtured through music, has helped her succeed in the technology field.
She has always enjoyed helping others learn and develop their creative side and is very excited to share her love of music with the awesome students at Arrow Academy of Music.
Peter Roberts - Teacher
Peter Roberts is the Music Director for a local church where he arranges for and leads the jazz ensemble and directs and composes/arranges for the choir. He also hosts and organizes music concerts throughout the year. As well as music directing, Peter is an active jazz pianist having led performances of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, Dave Brubeck’s Time Out, and Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas at Noce. He has also been a guest soloist with the Ames High School Orchestra on Claude Bolling’s Suite for Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Piano Trio. He is also the choral accompanist at Dallas-Center Grimes High School and Meadows where accompanies the curricular 8th grade, 9th grade, Mixed Choir, Treble Choir, and DC-G Singers as well as the jazz choirs Dissonance and Harmonization. He has also accompanied at Drake University in Des Moines having played for the choirs, conducting courses, individual soloists, and the Drake Opera Theater’s production of Verdi’s MacBeth in 2015.
Peter is also a versatile composer, arranger, and electronic producer who has written extensively for small jazz ensemble. Most recently he released Follow the Fox, an EP of music specifically designed to sound like music out of video games. Has written and recorded five big band charts with the University of Northern Iowa’s Jazz Band One, and has received commissions for choral works from Bel Canto Cedar Valley and Underwood High School. While living in Colorado, Peter co-produced an electronic album with Alex Bullen entitled Outlets and Exchanges.
Peter graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with both a BA in piano with a minor in jazz studies, and an MA in piano. There he studied classical piano with Sean Botkin, jazz piano with Bob Washut, and jazz improvisation and composition with Chris Merz and Bob Washut.
Tina Mabuce - Substitute Teacher & Music Librarian
Tina showed an interest in music at a very young age and participated in musicals, piano lessons, choir, and band throughout her childhood. She taught piano lessons during high school and accompanied many of her peers for both solos and ensembles. After graduating from Grinnell High School, she pursued a music degree from Luther College where she participated in band and choir, accompanied many individual voice lessons, and took many music education classes. She went on to the University of Iowa to get a Master of Arts Degree in Library Science. She continued her love of music by teaching piano lessons after graduate school. Tina is an Information Services Librarian at Des Moines Public Library. She is very excited to share her love of music and teaching with all of the students at Arrow Academy of Music.
Sara Rauen - Administrator
Sara Rauen handles much of the administrative responsibilities at the studio. She communicates with families, creates class schedules, and helps to organize concerts and special events.
Sara and her husband, Matt, have three daughters who all take piano lessons at Arrow Academy. Sara is a stay-at-home mother who likes to volunteer, travel, and you will most likely find her driving to and from her daughters’ activities.
Sara Shepherd - Administrative Assistant
Sara Shepherd is an administrative assistant for the studio. She handles a wide array of tasks including managing supplies, stocking the studio incentive store, organizing studio events, and managing Arrow’s Facebook page.
Sara is a stay at home mother of three energetic children. When she is not busy teaching her children and playing chauffer, she loves to watch movies with her husband and spend time on their boat.