Kelly Olive
Director of Creative Arts Academy
Instruments:  Voice and Piano

Kelly Olive is the director of Creative Arts Academy.  She has taught  piano and voice lessons for over 18 years.  She specializes in customizing lessons to each individual and teaches the note method and by ear.  Kelly has a vision to impart the arts and train life-long musicians.   She has an ability to tap into the creativity of each individual student to help them become the best they can be. 

 
 


Gracie Aho 
Program Administrator & Instructor
Instrument:  Voice

Gracie is ecstatic to take on the position of program administrator. She began singing in choirs at age 5 and feels a special connection to Lake Worth as she attended theater camps at the Lake Worth Playhouse. Gracie began songwriting and performing as a soloist at age 17 both in public venues as well as at church. With her background in education and helping children with special needs, Gracie is especially passionate about empowering young people with music as a tool to overcome adversity. As a vocal instructor, Gracie values and encourages daily practice, breath work, and teaching the student to embrace their individual voice. You can find Gracie performing in the community with her acoustic folk and soul project, Grace Roots.

 




​Kirstyn Almeida
​Instructor

Instrument:  Piano
 

Kirstyn loves to teach students of all ages by creating an atmosphere where basics are key.  She focuses on establishing a strong foundation in music theory so that each lesson builds on the next. With her background in early childhood education, she understands how to make technique and theory accessible to even the youngest of learners. She is a graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University.  In addition to piano, Kirstyn plays the guitar and sings.  She can be found performing at local open mics and and in her church band.  

 




Nicole Straussman
​Instructor 

Instruments:  Piano, Voice, Flute

Nicole is a graduate from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a degree in Music Education.  She has been immersed in music from a young age, teaching piano from her early teens.  Nicole has experience in choral directing, band leading, and worship team leadership.  She customizes her teaching to the individual student with patience, creativity and expertise.
  


 


Jacob Perry 
Instructor 
Instrument: Guitar, Jazz Guitar, Ukelele


 


Brendan Gearty 
Instructor
Instrument: Sax 

Brendan Gearty is a Palm Beach native Saxophonist. He has studied music theory and jazz improvisation at Palm Beach State College under the instruction of Dave Gibble and Neil Bacher for several years. With experience in classical jazz, rock n’ roll, and hip hop, Brendan is capable of teaching people of all ages and backgrounds.