Idols SA and The Voice Vocal Coach, Malie Kelly

Our Teachers

All our teachers are industry professionals whom I have worked with over many years

Malie Kelly Vocal Academy Teachers
From Left to Right: Verona, Lefa, Malie, Ryno, Elandri

Vocals • Piano • Guitar • Singing Kids • Theory

We have teachers available for every day of the week. Students can choose lessons according to their preferred teacher or preferred time slot. Our students are in direct communication with their teacher to schedule or cancel any classes. For individual classes with Malie Kelly please contact her on 082 852 7065.

Meet The Team

Malie Kelly

Vocals • Performance • Production

Singer, Performer, Vocal producer, Recording artist and Television personality, Malie Kelly is a household name to South African audiences. Her professional career has taken her across the great stages of the world. Malie has vocally recorded and produced some of SA’s most prominent artists. She is the owner of a new Record Label called ‘Kelly Engel Music Group”. The “Malie Kelly Vocal Academy” was birthed in 2012. She is in demand as vocal producer/coach for several television productions. She worked on “Idols SA’ for 14 years and is currently working on season 3 of “The Voice”. As a vocal specialist and a passion for seeing young and old reach their fullest potential, Malie works with professional singers/performers and can take an ordinary voice and turn them into true performers.

Verona Pillay

Vocals • Performance

Verona Pillay was mentored by the great Rebecca Malope after she won the YoTV Child Star competition. Several years later was Crux Gospel Star 2003 talent search which she also won. It came with a recording deal that saw her release her debut album in 2005, produced by the respected Victor Masondo and JB Arthur and she featured Ziyon of Liquideep fame. Her hit single Unconditionally was selected for The 30 Most Amazing Gospel Hits of 2008 along with Kirk Franklin, she was the only South African. She has opened for Cece Winans at Grace Bible Church as well as for Kool and the Gang. She featured in Cry of Love musical with Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Leleti Khumalo and Luthuli Dlamini. She is a worship leader and part of a large church in Johannesburg. 

Lefa Pike

Vocals • Performance

Lefa Pike is a vocalist with extensive experience in performing South African pop, international pop, rock, soul, R&B, reggae and jazz. He began performing in small venues at age 19. He did two years of training at Ochrim School of Music in his early 20s. He was featured as a participant on eTV’s CocaCola Pop Stars and soon after he was a top five finalist on Idols (DSTV SA). In the years since, he received many bookings at corporate events, events for government departments, casino shows, festivals, and weddings. He is also a songwriter and has begun recording his album. He is based in Johannesburg and works with a live band.

Elandri van Aswegen

Vocals • Performance

Elandri has been taking singing lessons since the age of six, and she started competing in competitions when she was ten years old. She was chosen for the South African team at the age of 13 at Beyond 2000, and then at the age of 15, She won her first record deal with Christa Steyn. She did the Follow me course with Malie Kelly in 2015 and also started teaching at the Malie Kelly Vocal Academy that year. In 2016 she was an adjudicator at the Eistedford where she judged the provincial rounds. She has been doing vocal sessions since 2015 for The Hit Lab studio. She is a worship leader and part of a large church in Johannesburg. 

Ashley Kelly

Guitar • Bass • Theory • Chart Writing

Ashley Kelly has been teaching for over forty years in both South Africa and the United States. His teaching includes both bass and guitar, from beginner to advanced. His syllabus covers reading music, guitar and bass theory, technique and practice routines and playing songs. As well as guitar and bass theory, he also teaches basic music theory. Ashley studied under the legendary Richard Cherry, a well known theory teacher in Johannesburg. He also studied classical bass with the Vice Principal of the old SABC Orchestra. His guitar teaching includes all genres of playing. This will consist of Rockschool, Guildhall and entry-level classical guitar.

Ashley Kelly at The Malie Kelly Vocal Academy
Melissa Engel and Malie Kelly

Melissa Engel

Singing Kids

Melissa Engel, daughter of Malie Kelly, is a new teacher at the Malie Kelly Vocal Academy as of 2019. She will be teaching ‘Singing Kids’ for ages 2-7. Melissa has always been musically inclined and extremely passionate about teaching children. Melissa studied Early Child Development and had written a brilliant 30 minute, interactive vocal development course for children. In this course she offers, ear training development activities, learning & hearing intervals, games that teach children to breathe correctly while singing, articulation games and activities, performance and expression, singing melodies, dynamics of a song, rhythm, movement, dress-up corner (sing in character). Melissa found that offering group classes are more beneficial than individual lessons because children learn through play and will be interacting with each other in every activity during the lesson.

Curt Petrus

Piano • Theory • Classical Contemporary

Curt Petrus is born in Wynberg Cape Town. He got his music interest by growing up in a musical family. He started playing on pots and pans as a young child. In 2004 he moved to Johannesburg developing a considerable interest in piano and keyboard. In 2006 he studied Piano, Music Theory and Music Business at Campus of Performing Arts. In 2018 Curt began lecturing at the Malie Kelly Music Academy. Curt also started working with The Late Lulu Dikana and became her music director performing at the John Legend South African Al Of Me Tour. Curt also played at the 2016 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz with Jonathan Butler and Gerald Albright. Curt is currently busy writing and composing his own music and has a strong belief that music can change anybody’s LIFE.

Vocals • Performance • Production • Arranging • Backtracks

Ryno van Eeden is a professional singer, recording artist and music coach. He started training with Malie Kelly in early 2013 and completed her exclusive ‘Follow Me’ program in 2014. He also gained experience in the music industry by completing internships and training programs ever since. He produces his own original music, and he performs at various venues and events. Ryno has a passion for sharing his knowledge and experience with his students. In 2018 he started teaching at the Malie Kelly Vocal Academy.