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Teaching Artists


Kelly Olive

Voice and Piano

Kelly has taught piano and voice lessons for over 18 years specializing in customizing lessons to each individual. She can teach the note method and by ear: expanding the horizons of what it means to be a 'well-rounded musician.’ Kelly has a passion to train life-long musicians and an incredible ability to tap into the creativity of each individual student to help them become the best they can be. 

Steven Mento


Steven Mento received his Bachelor of Music degree in applied piano from the University of Delaware, a Masters degree at Temple University in piano pedagogy with a minor in composition, and a doctorate in piano performance at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Mento has performed in various locations in the United States and in Vienna, Austria, (Vienna Austria this August 2023 with the Golden Key Festival) and has performed at Merkin Hall and the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall while under the auspices of the Prestige Agency of New York.   In 2003 Steven Mento composed and performed ‘Elegy’, for piano and orchestra, commissioned by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, and ‘Algonquian Dreamcatcher’ for the Bay-Atlantic Symphony in March of 2016. He has written works recently for string quartet and a chamber work for the MusiCaribe Chamber Orchestra, as well as performing solo piano recitals at the Highland Beach Library and The Ascension Lutheran Church in Boynton Beach. Steven Mento Radio is on featuring his music from the CDs on Eroica Classical Recordings. 


Sheri Jackson


Sheri has been playing piano most of her life and began teaching piano in 1997. In addition to being an educator, she serves as a music therapist in a healthcare organization. Sheri has experience working with people of all ages with varying abilities. She displays an unmatched energy and passion for teaching, desiring that her students would learn and enjoy music for a lifetime.

Mark Beaupre

Drums and Percussion

Mark has been passionately playing drums for over 20 years. He has a way of connecting with students that gets them excited about drums and keeps them motivated to learn. He is not only an instructor, but also a performer. He actively plays with three local bands, at his church, and anywhere he can!


Geoff Leach


Geoff has been playing guitar for almost two decades.  He is an extremely talented and can play most instruments well.   His teaching style is professional and personable.  He can teach all genres and all ages.

Derrick Hatch


Derrick has been playing drums for 23 years. In that time, he has had the honor of playing in various jazz ensembles, orchestras, drumlines, worship groups, blues and rock bands. For 6 years, he also taught a local inner-city drum ensemble that performed in events at the Kravis Center and Rosemary Square. His first job/business was teaching drum lessons, and he is honored to be doing that once again through the Creative Arts Academy. 

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