Keesha is a star! She knows her stuff, yet is super funny which makes it easy not to feel nervous, and makes complicated concepts fun and easy to understand! I'm a professional musician and wanted to sing my whole life but wasn't able to sing professionally as my voice was not strong enough, until I took some singing lessons with Keesha. Now I've been working as a professional singer for over a year and I owe it to Keesha!
I wish I had taken professional singing lessons sooner in life. I tried in the past to watch singing tutorials online, but it doesn't help because everyone's voice is different so there is no "one magic solution" for everybody. Exercises that help others didn't help me. But when I got a session with Keesha, just by listening to me, she was able to diagnose straight away what vocal muscles I was using incorrectly, and which exercises I needed to train them properly. This is different for everybody so in my opinion you can't easily find the right exercises without a professional diagnosis from someone like Keesha.
One never stops growing as a singer so I will be back soon to see how I can improve myself further. Thanks Keesha and see you soon! 

Tanya Murphy - Professional Musician/Vocalist

I have been singing from a very young age. As I entered my late teens, I struggled adapting to changes of maturity as my voice would quiver and my key range changed. I was introduced to Keesha at ‘Cairns Voice Studio’ who helped me in so many ways!! Keesha identified my problems and was able correct the muscle tension and movement of the larynx, through exercises suited for me. In addition to my physical adaptations, I have learned a significant amount of new information pertaining to music, sight reading, genres, eras, harmony to name a few. Keesha taught me to step away from the ‘comfort zone ‘ and learn songs from a range of genres.

I soon realised my voice can adapt to many changes such as key changes, tempos, volume, harmony, enhancing my ability to perform as a solo artist and with a chorus. Keesha is sincere and builds trust through her honest encouragement. She has the ability to understand your unique voice and how to develop it. Since working with Keesha I have gained lead roles in musicals Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, Grease as well as entertaining at Galas and concerts. If you’ve ever thought about vocal lessons or improving general vocal health, building confidence and self esteem then reaching out to Keesha will be the best choice you’ll ever make. Keesha literally changed my life.

Giulia Bortolanza, Dancer & Vocalist, Brisbane

I feel incredibly fortunate to have had Keesha as my vocal coach/mentor for the last number of years. Hats off to you Keesha! Since being with Keesha, my vocal confidence and skills have improved in bucket loads!

She is amazing, and brings such enthusiasm and encouragement to her teaching sessions. Musical Theatre is my passion, and thanks to Keesha, I believe i have the confidence vocally to try to pursue this as my chosen career. I have no resitation what so ever in recommending Keesha for all your vocal needs!

Maddy Kincade - ED5 Performing Arts, Sydney

Keesha has been a huge part of me, taking the next step in my performing career. She has been my mentor in becoming a teacher to children and I wouldn’t have the courage to take that next step without her. She is very inspiring, kind, understanding and is there for you, for any questions or queries you need!!

I would recommend her to anyone looking for a singing/performance teacher or mentor, regardless of age or experience! She’s one of a kind!

Chiara Patalano - Singing Teacher and Vocalist, Newcastle

The improvement I have seen in not only my vocal ability but my confidence under Keesha's teaching has been phenomenal. Keesha goes above and beyond just a voice teacher and has been an absolute role model and mentor to me over the past couple of years. The versatility, style and range of teaching Keesha is able to give makes her accessible to anybody wanting to learn or improve. The opportunities I have been given as a result of being her student has been life changing. I would recommend Cairns Voice Studio to anybody looking for vocal coaching and performance experience.

Maggie Slater - Emerging Artist/Songwriter

For the past 6 years, I have had the absolute privilege of having Keesha Mclean as my vocal coach and working with her to build my range, artistry and understanding of how the voice operates. To say I have learnt alot would be a major understatement. In the time I have spent with Keesha as my coach, I have seen how patient and passionate she is in helping students realise their ability and potential. She has provided a number of opportunities and experiences for us to showcase our efforts and achievements, which have been amazing to be a part of. 

I can honestly say, I do not think I would be where I am now without her coaching and guidance. I look forward to continuing my progress with her into the future and would most definitely recommend an aspiring vocalists to come join Cairns Voice Studio!

Zoe Pertiwi - Emerging Artist and actress


I have had a couple of vocal coaches growing up however, none of them clicked with me and my voice until i found Keesha. Recommend to me by a friend, i have been with Keesha for two years now and saying she is amazing would be an understatement. The amount of care she takes in teaching is amazing, the amount of opportunities she has given me is unbelievable, she has introduced me to fellow musical theatre lovers that are now great friends of mine ans she has taught me things I can do, even if i don't see her to keep my voice happy and healthy.

Keesha is amazing if you want vocal lessons or even just need to train your voice for something, no matter what genre or style, visit the Cairns Voice Studio and you will not be disappointed!

Imani Williams - Vocalist and CQU Creative Arts Music Student


Keesha is an inspirational, highly experienced singing teacher. I cannot recommend her highly enough. My only regret is that I did not sign up for lessons with Keesha years ago!

When I went along for my first lesson I naively thought that I might immediately come away with a golden tip from my new coach which would improve my voice. As it turned out I wasn't being so naive because even on that first session, Keesha armed me with a couple of amazingly powerful vocal exercises. My friends and family commented how there was an immediate, very noticeable improvement in my vocals.

I have always been the composer, piano player in my various bands and projects. Keesha, through her open minded approach and highly individualised lessons has coaxed the singing performer from within me. I always had confidence to perform, but, in the past only as a musician. Now I'm thoroughly enjoying getting out there doing vocal perdormances at paid gigs and open mic nights with the confidence she has instilled in me.

If you're thinking about getting lessons for yourself (or your children), you can do no better than Keesha. She gets 5 stars but I would give her a 10 if I could!

Stevie Roberts
Singer/ Songwriter/ Pianist
88 Keys/ SugarSonic/ Groovemash


I was looking for backing vocalist for recording session.I rang Keesha and she recommended one of her students . Her student performed brilliantly. Thank you Keesha.

Phillip Anglim - Songwriter


Keesha is not only been an amazing vocal coach but also an incredible mentor who inspires and motivates all she meets! Keesha has taught me many valuable skills that have helped me immensely through competitions, vocal performances and my move to Melbourne to study performing arts full time. I can't thank you enough Keesha for all of your support and assistance throughout the years. If any one is looking to take up singing or improve your skills even more, look no further than Cairns Voice Studios!

Tahlia De Jong - Transit Dance, Melbourne


Keesha has coached my 15yo daughter, Maddie, for over 3 years. She is not only an exceptional coach but a wonderful mentor as well. 
Maddie has grown considerably vocally and confidently through Keesha's wonderful support and encouragement. 
Last year was a very tough year for Maddie, she found strength from her love & passion for singing in a safe, caring environment. I highly recommend Keesha to anyone looking for a professional vocal coach!

Lisa Cooper, mother of  Maddi Cooper


If I could give Keesha 10 Stars I would!! After being diagnosed with a muscle tension voice disorder which forced my music career to a complete stop. I was desperate for answers and a solution. After trying absolutely everything, Keesha at 'Cairns Voice Studio' was my last resort. 
Keesha has identified and helped bring to my attention the vocal deficiencies or bad habits in my self trained singing, while fostering and encouraging the positive aspects of my voice, tone and technique. Furthermore, Keesha is not one to change a singers style!
However Keesha is SO MUCH more than a singing teacher. Her personal and professional investment in each of her students is astonishing! 
The commitment, mentorship and friendship I have gained in the short time I have been a student of Keesha's has been invaluable. 
Her extensive international experience as a Vocal Coach and Mentor speaks for itself, and is unquestionably an upstanding member of the local community and music industry! 

Robert Cini - Award Winning Singer Songwriter


I originally chose Keesha as a vocal coach because I’d seen her work in the community and knew she held high standards for students and production. So I became her student just as I had hoped, I found her to be a very trustworthy performance coach with high standards and the capacity to give direction and feedback about ALL aspects of staging and performance, not just the singing.

What I didn’t know until I became her student was just how much she cared about her students' progress. I also didn’t know that when I paid for a session with Keesha I would be getting much more support from her than I gained in the hour I spent in her studio. Over the 1-2 years I’ve watched Keesha create numerous opportunities for her students to progress their learning and development, as well as career. Then I had the opportunity to collaborate with Keesha for a project she produced and directed, and learned a whole lot more about how she works. Her sensitivity and understanding of the individual strengths, areas for improvement and planned career trajectory for each of the performers she worked with was remarkable. She knew each performer so well, that she was able to cast them to perform material that was perfect for their niche. The material was just right to bring out their absolute best but with enough challenge to enable each performer to rise and expand their performance skills. That level of insight and sensitivity can only come from someone who lives and breathes their work as Keesha does, who’s observing and thinking about her student’s long after they’ve left her studio.

I’ve also in the past 1-2 years observed Keesha’s own personal commitment to career development. I’ve seen her form partnerships with 3 Universities and travel regularly (including overseas) to attend voice related training; an investment which she then returns to Cairns and shares with her students. Whenever I’ve hit a issue with my progress she’s been able to explain the science of the voice issue I’m experiencing and give me specific exercises targeted for that issue. This makes for very time effective progress. She’s also been able to assist me with some voice related medical problems and referred me to a medical specialist when appropriate.

Finally there’s something about Keesha I just can’t put a price on. Keesha understands the incredibly sensitive instrument which our voice is, and the impact that fear and stress has on vocal tone, breath and performance. This deep understanding and sensitivity is apparent in the way she coaches and directs students. She has the capacity to honour my strengths and make me feel 100% comfortable truly expressing who I am through my voice performance. This absence of harmful “judgement” (especially about things like singing style, genre, performance style etc) opens up a space where true creativity can be expressed and real progress is made. This capacity coupled with high technical voice coaching skills makes Keesha the perfect choice as a coach, but she’s also a great career and performance coach, which is a bonus way beyond what I paid for or expect to get. Cairns is very fortunate to have her in the community.

Annica-Dee Williamson - Musician, Songwriter, Performer B.Mus.


Keesha has been a fantastic vocal coach, mentor and friend to me over the last 3 years. She has supported me on both a personal and professional level and has helped me through my own struggles of fearing vulnerability and performance anxiety. 
She will go above and beyond for her students and is a huge support for the local music scene. 
I would recommend her to anyone with a passion for singing, be it on a causal level or as a professional vocalist/ artist. Thanks Keesha!!

Mae Brooks - R&B Singer Songwriter


I actually don't have the words to describe my gratitude for this amazing woman. She has helped me through some challenging days as my vocal coach, allowing me to feel completely ok with being vulnerable and she has stood by me every step of the way. She goes above and beyond her obligations to her students and I know this first hand.

Keesha has supported me not only vocally, but in many other areas of my career. Amongst training my voice I create art, as a makeup artist, spfx artist and traditional artist - KEESHA SUPPORTS EVERYTHING I DO. From getting me gigs at the Reef Feast, market stalls & face painting to name a few.

The gratitude I have for this lady could never be condensed into words. I am so blessed to have you as a mentor, a strong empowered roll model and a friend. Thank you so much for all you do for me, and all the other artlings just like me! I can safely say we ALL love you SO much!

You are nothing short of a blessing! <3 Thank you!

Nalii Kreature - Vocalist/Professional Make-up Artist


Best mentor/vocal coach/friend anyone could ever ask for. Knowledge about music and ability to convey and teach others is unsurpassable! So thankful to have her wisdom and guidance in my life!

Mia Peled-Bolger - Student/Singer Songwriter


Hi Keesha. I just wanted to touch base and let you know that Jordan had an amazing audition experience last night. He has come leaps and bounds with you and want to make a special Thank-you for that. CQU pleaded for him to go to Mackay to study so that they could give him vocal electives. 

Jordan said: I really want to study my CQU diploma in Cairns. I already have a very good vocal coach here.

From the bottom of my heart, thanks again for being part of the team, bringing joy back to my son.

Renae Kunda


Hi Keesha. Just wanted to say a huge Thank You for putting together a fabulous production on Sunday! Dennis and I were thrilled to watch Darcy and the other senior students perform. Wow! What amazing talent your students have! The showcase was a very polished performance and we greatly appreciate the time you must have put into it to bring such a wonderful performance together. Thank you for giving Darcy the opportunity to perform in your show. We are so grateful!

Donna Maher


Wow! The Showcase was amazing Keesha! Not only was it wonderful to see my girl's first solo performance but it was all very enjoyable and entertaining. The group performances gave me goosebumps!

It must be difficult for you to see it all on the day but you must be so proud of all your students to perform so well. Thank you for all the hard work you do and congratulations on such a successful showcase!

Lisa Cooper


Hi Keesha,


What an amazing array of young talent.  I loved the original compositions.  I had the pleasure of working with Stephanie and Mia in previous musicals and it was so nice to see how far their voices have developed in the past 12 months.  They were incredible.

Mia's original compositions were incredibly moving.  She is an amazing girl.  Please pass my congratulations on to them.  I would buy her songs if they were released!

What a great song you picked for Darcy - it was so him.  I don't know Marco well so he was a lovely surprise.  I'm hoping both these boys audition for the musical this week. 

I always love the diverse songs you pick and you had some of my musical favourites.

You are a treasure and I hope these kids know how lucky they are to have you as a teacher.

Yours sincerely,

Narelle Hunt

Head of Learning Enrichment

St Augustine's College


Last week I arrived at Cairns Airport (Dom Term) I was delighted by the music being played in the Baggage Carousel area.
What is normally a must do wait was transformed by the uplifting happy holiday mode music. I travel heaps and it was a first for me.
Keep it going. Great point of difference!!!
Peter M - Passenger arriving to Cairns Airport ( Cairns Airport Entertainment at arrivals )

Big congratulations to all the organisers on such a resounding success. Thank you so much for the opportunity to be involved in Reef Feast again Keesha.  Such a well organised fabulous event again this year.  I truly think it just gets better every year. I’ve heard fabulous feedback from so many that I have spoken to.

Big kudos especially to you Keesha.  I have seen how passionate you are about your involvement and you meet it with such professionalism and enthusiasm. I especially love the demonstrated support you have for engaging, involving and giving the opportunity to allow local performers to showcase what they can do. An even greater sense of community comes through valuing the worth that is already here on offer.  You facilitate that so well.

Shirley Lynn - Local Resident and Singer Songwriter


Keesha is a true professional. As a vocalist I was so impressed by her dedication to helping students find and/or further develop their own unique voice. I had specific things I wanted to focus on, and she tailored lessons around techniques to help me in those areas. She's a brilliant mentor, and her passion for her work is inspiring. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone seeking vocal coaching, from beginner to the professional. Thank you Keesha!

Brealyn Sheehan Music


Keesha Mclean of Cairns Voice Studio has been so helpful through my time of lessons with her. When I first started i had no singing experience what so ever, but now Keesha has taught me so many different techniques, how to be in great vocal health, performing on stage and helping me create the sound I was looking for. I recommend anyone; whether you have been performing for years or, whether you've been thinking about singing and don't know where to start - to go to Cairns Voice Studio.

Samantha Hope, Glider Pilots


My 11 year old son commenced singing lessons with Marlin Coast Vocal Academy in 2015 under the expert guidance of Keesha McLean. These lessons have become the highlight of his week. Keesha established a positive learning environment where his singing is nurtured, expertly trained and successes positively reinforced. She has a special talent for bringing out the best in him and builds his confidence and self-esteem in the process. Keesha is extremely professional, inspirational and nurturing. We are so grateful to receive her expert training.

Narelle Hunt, Mother Of Connor Hunt, Cairns


If you are looking for an inspiring and dedicated vocal coach then you cant go past Marlin Coast Vocal Academy. The owner and teacher Keesha Mclean goes above and beyond in mentoring and inspiring her students.
My daughter Veronica Humphrey has been with Keesha now for 3 years and could not be happier.
The Cairns community is lucky to have her here.
Thanks again Keesha.

Katrina Humphrey, Mother of Student Veronica Humphrey, Cairns


“It’s wonderful to see Keesha make such a difference to so many people through what she does at Marlin Coast Vocal Academy. Her process to provide students with tuition and real life performance experiences is a sure winner. It’s always a pleasure to support the activities of the Marlin Coast Vocal Academy and to see the continued progress of the students throughout each year.”

Shirley Lynn, Singer Songwriter, Cairns


My daughter Amelia started with Marlin Coast Vocal Academy nearly 2 years ago. During that time she has worked closely with Keesha, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Keesha has an amazing passion for teaching people of all ages. She inspires her students and gives them the tools and confidence needed to sing and perform. Keesha caters for each individual student by teaching the skills, finding the music and sourcing opportunities for them to perform in public.

A little over 6 months ago we moved to Brisbane. We have since taken up Skype lessons with Keesha because we couldn’t possibly find anyone as passionate as her. Amelia has been cast to play Marta Von Trapp in the 2016 Brisbane Sound of Music. I couldn’t thank Keesha enough. Without her, Amelia would not have had the skill level nor the confidence to even attend the auditions. Now she has a chance to follow her dreams and work with an amazing Australian cast. I would recommend Marlin Coast Vocal Academy to anyone who wants to learn to sing.

Kristie Ayris, Mother of Amelia Ayris, Cairns & Brisbane


Keesha, as a Cairns born girl, I’ve been delighted to see your academy and your students make such a huge difference to the cultural landscape of Cairns in such a short time. You’ve made singing more cool and more accessible here than it has ever been before. As a person hoping to set up my own music-based small business in the near future, I have learned a lot and been very inspired watching you get established here. Thanks and best wishes for a happy and wonderful year ahead.

Sue Lehtonen, Musician, Cairns


I first found Keesha’s services when googling for a “vocal coach” when I first moved to Cairns. After sending an initial brief email, Keesha called me at an agreed time to discuss what it was I was wanting to get from the training, and did so in an unhurried and genuinely interested manner. From there unfolded an hour per week over the next twelve months (roughly), and the difference has been astounding.

Prior to spending time with Keesha, I would consider that I was just a fairly ordinary karaoke tragic, however for some time Id felt that there was a greater reserve waiting to be tapped into, but wasn’t quite sure how or what form that would take. Keesha became an obvious coach of choice given her extensive and varied background, which meant that I wouldn’t be pigeon-holed into a particular genre or style of training. It wasn’t long before I discovered that jazz and swing was my greatest singing passion, and from that point – with Keesha’s guidance and input, my singing took off like a proverbial rocket.

Keesha’s training style is warm, friendly, honest and doesn’t belittle but moreover encourages and inspires. I feel genuinely very fortunate to have found such a knowledgeable coach in Cairns, and couldn’t recommend Marlin Coast Vocal Academy enough to anyone wanting to either simply put a bit of “polish” on what they can already do well, or for a complete makeover or a raw beginner.

From where I started out to now – where I have since experienced singing with live bands, (including one jazz orchestra), plus time in various studio environments and with a number of small projects on the boil now plus more, I doubt I would have moved so far so quickly without Keesha’s skillful guidance and support.

Despite having had to leave the district, I have since found that Skype sessions with Keesha are a much more practical option than I had first considered, and will keep in touch with her for “tune-ups” and assistance where required – as we never stop learning!

I cannot recommend Keesha and Marlin Coast Vocal Academy enough

Hamish Withington, Jazz Vocalist Melbourne & Cairns


Dear Keesha,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your years of support and advice. From the first day I walked into your studio and I told you that I always wanted to sing but life and family always came first so my dreams and goals with singing has been pushed aside for the needs of others. You smiled and asked me to sing and from there my opportunities grew. Not only have you help strengthen my voice and breathing but build my confidence and how to network with other musicians and clients for potential gigs.
I have learnt a great deal from you and I know there has been some hard times and difficult comments from some individuals, but you make me see the lighter side of things and push forward even harder.
Merlin Coast Vocal Academy is not just any old vocal teaching, I have had opportunities in singing in band and currently working on a duo which has open so many doors and gigs in Cairns. 2 years have flown by and in that time I have accomplished more than I have ever imagine all with the guidance and support from Keesha and her amassing teaching.

Thank you again for the many long chats text message and catch up of support and friendship.

Darnelle Perucich, Vocalist Jam Duo, Cairns


My daughter Lily-May has been seeing Keesha for weekly vocal coaching sessions for 12 months. Lily-May adores Keesha & cannot wait to see her each week! Keesha is very supportive & caring, but also challenges Lily-May who is gaining so much confidence & growing in strength vocally. Keesha is so passionate about her craft and this inspires Lily-May even more to work hard & achieve. I would highly recommend Marlin Coast Vocal Academy & I am forever grateful that Lily-May has the opportunity to work with Keesha.

Melissa Pynaker, Mother of Students Lilly-May, Cairns


For the last two years I have been a part of the Marlin Coast Vocal Academy. I have met so many other students who share the same passion and we all continue to motivate each other. Keesha always goes above and beyond in encouraging us all to have technique and the confidence we need to achieve amazing things. I highly recommend the academy for anyone who loves music and performance!

Emily Williams , Collarts – Melbourne, Cairns


My 11 year old son commenced singing lessons with Marlin Coast Vocal Academy in 2015 under the expert guidance of Keesha McLean. These lessons have become the highlight of his week. Keesha established a positive learning environment where his singing is nurtured, expertly trained and successes positively reinforced. She has a special talent for bringing out the best in him and builds his confidence and self-esteem in the process. Keesha is extremely professional, inspirational and nurturing. We are so grateful to receive her expert training.

 Narelle Hunt, Mother of Student Connor Hunt, Cairns


I first met Keesha back in December last year when I went for my first vocal lesson. I was a longtime bedroom musician that had never played in front of people before, except for a few friends. I was looking to improve my vocal abilities with the view to maybe playing a few live gigs at some point in the distant future. Keesha made me feel very relaxed even though I was really nervous and the lesson was so much fun. Keesha had us make a deal that day that I would play at an open mic session before the end of January. I wasn’t going to do it of course, it was only 6 weeks away, there was no way I was ready!

I was going for lessons at the academy once a week and the more I went the more i enjoyed it and the more confidence I got.. Keesha is really supportive and has a great teaching style, you always feel a little bit better than you did after you come out of the lesson. So on the 30th of January (as late as i could possibly leave it!), with Keesha’s words of support in my ears, I played my first live set of music at an open mic night.

Fast forward to 8 months later, I’ve begun working as a musician, playing at some great venues all around Cairns, almost all of my jobs have come through Keesha and the academy. Keesha continues to support me by giving me lots of feedback on my new songs and also lending me equipment until i can afford my own. Never would i have thought i’d be in this position now, that day back in December and so much is because of Keesha and the work she does, it’s been an absolute pleasure Keesha, thank you!

Karl Edwards, Singer Songwriter, Cairns

I Have been working with Keesha and Marlin Coast Vocal Academy for well over 12 months, having never worked with a vocal coach before Keesha I wasn’t sure as to what to expect. I was happily surprised that it is less scary then it seems, Keesha makes you very comfortable in her space . She is amazing at what she does, my favorite thing being her passion for her students whether they be like myself simply singing for release and therapy or those that wish to pursue a career in music. She has inspired so much confidence in me and my voice, to sing beyond the confines of my car haha, and get up and perform in front of an audience something I never ever thought I would do. The technical side of singing has never been something I considered important, until I met Keesha ,  she is a nurturer through and through. She is passionate about developing opportunities for local vocal talent to showcase themselves to an audience something that I find incredibly inspiring, from the young to the older.

Keesha is one of the best people I have ever encountered in my life, and working with her has been one of the best decisions of my life.

Katie Thakray, Cairns

Keesha Mclean did a fantastic job as Musical Director and Vocal Coach of the Marlin Coast Vocal Academy Showcase. I thoroughly recommend her as a professional teacher and mentor. It is always a thrill to help a student get on to the stage, and for many involved it was their first time on stage. Watch out Cairns, there are many, many talented young people in this town!

Andy Mack, Guitarist and Teacher, Cairns

Keesha is a tremendously talented vocal coach. She is a true inspiration to all who work with her- I have a passion for singing that I never had until meeting Keesha. I found Keesha to be extremely helpful, both to myself specifically and with regards to voice and technique generally. Her knowledge and understanding of the subject is beyond compare. There is no faulting the efficiency and precision with which she works. I cannot express in enough words how grateful I am for having met Keesha and having her train me. I have gained a much stronger understanding of my voice and with this I have gained a place at a top drama school. I started singing lessons with Keesha at the tender age of 9, I am now 19 and am extremely upset that I will not be able be continue lessons with Keesha. I wish her all the best for the future and anyone who is lucky enough to be taught by Keesha, you are guaranteed to be inspired by not only her voice but her gift in teaching.

      Charley Maclaren  – PPA Academy Musical Theatre, UK


You and Claire together have achieved something very special.  Claire, before she started her lessons with you, found it almost impossible to actually hear the melody and couldn’t follow the rhythm…..  You told her that you would help her “find her voice” and that is exactly what you did! Claire can now sing and with feeling and with great enjoyment!   She clearly loves her lessons and it has added something special to her life and has opened up another whole dimension to her world. It will leave a great hole in her life when you leave but I am very grateful for what you have given Claire.

      Ellen Sheridan for Claire Sheridan


Keesha has taught me singing since I was thirteen when I had only just discovered my passion for Musical Theatre, since then I have chosen this as my career path currently studying at one of London’s most prestigious drama conservatoires – Guildford School of Acting, before which I went to Arts Educational for my ALevels. Without Keesha’s help there is no chance I would have the confidence to apply to such courses let alone get in. She is a fantastic teacher and a fabulous person who has really helped me not only as a performer but also, an individual. I am so sad to see such an inspirational teacher and friend leaving however I know she will inspire many more. I will miss you greatly.”

      Jessica Hern – Arts Ed and Guildford School of Acting ( Musical Theatre Degree Course )


I have known Keesha for many years, and we co-directed three highly successful musical shows. The casts combined experienced performers with others who Keesha invited to join the show simply because she recognised that they had untapped talent and potential yet to be fully realised.   And that’s where I really noticed the exceptional skills that Keesha has to offer: the ability not just to make great performers better, but also to identify hidden ability in people who have never been given the opportunity to truly express themselves. What’s more, she is able to teach, encourage and motivate these individuals to perform beyond even their own expectations.   So Keesha offers a rare mix: an appreciation of music, an understanding of the human voice and amazing motivational skills. Time and again, I have seen her transform people both in terms of their singing ability and their self confidence. This includes children, young adults, older people, and adults with learning difficulties. Her energy and optimism is unbridled and infectious – I have yet to meet anyone who has been associated with Keesha who has not been inspired by her work.

      Jonathan Constant – Director, Actor


As it is now just a few weeks before you head back to your native Australia, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all the help, support and encouragement that you showed my children, Courteney and Freddie. With the benefit of hindsight, it is now clear that we presented you with a huge double-challenge:  An awkward and reluctant pre-pubescent boy with an unpredictable voice on the verge of breaking; and a young music-loving girl with 80% hearing loss in one ear.  And yet you met both challenges with your trademark passion and infectious enthusiasm. The results speak for themselves.   Thanks to you, Freddie has grown into a mature singer with excellent vocal control and the confidence to perform on stage and in public.   And thanks to you Courteney overcame her disability to make it into music college to pursue her musical dreams and ambitions. My wife and I came to you seeking a vocal coach.   What we found was a vocal coach, music teacher, friend, supporter, mentor and inspiration. While we wish you well in the next stage of your life’s adventure, my children will miss you terribly.   You have been an important and irreplaceable part of their lives.

      Fred Anthony Arts Ed and Courtney Anthony ACM ( Academy of Contemporary Music )


Keesha Mclean has been the drama tutor for the Drama Group of ROYAD ( ReachingOut Youth and Adults with Disabilities) for 10years. The Group is made up of 23 adults with learning difficulties of various abilities and challenges both intellectually and emotionally.  There are no auditions and the only requirement is enthusiasm. The Group meets once a week for 2 hours over 8 months in the year, culminating in a Show put on for their families, friends and general public. Keesha, who is very talented in music, drama and voice, has transformed the Group into a cohesive exciting troupe. She has the unique ability to get the best from each member. She is able to achieve this by using her excellent teaching skills with great sensitivity and understanding.  She takes the time and interest to get to know every member in order to see where their strengths lie.  Her buoyant positive enthusiasm is contagious and she inspires each member to go beyond their own expectations, as well as other people’s expectations, to achieve their goals and to give them a level of confidence they never had before.  She is unfailingly patient and supportive and is always able to see beyond their disabilities to see their abilities. She was able to create an ethos in the Group where members support and encourage each other in a happy and enjoyable atmosphere.  The weekly sessions were great fun and members looked forward to the sessions.  The Shows were all very successful and the Group enjoyed participating in the Shows and felt it was a great achievement for all. I cannot praise her highly enough and we were extremely fortunate to have Keesha as our tutor.  We will miss her but wish her every success in the future and know that any group or individual that engage her will be very lucky indeed.

      Ellen Sheridan ROYAD coordinator & organiser of Drama Group


Drama tutor that bought a disabled group together My name is Sue Frett and I am currently County Secretary for Special Olympics GB (Surrey).  Prior to this volunteer position I had formed my own charity in 1993 which in those days was called ROC (Reach Out Club) and was for people with Learning Disabilities. This charity was for helping people that had been excluded both at school and work to come together to form friendships and have fun. In 1995, I started a drama group.  Many tutors came and went because they didn’t have that special feel with the boys and girls that I wanted to see.  Then someone said to me “in Surbiton there is this ‘Aussie bird’ and she is a great singer but I also think she may be what you are looking for”.  Off I went to her house to be greeted by this lovely lady who I was to find out was called Keesha McLean.  I talked about my ideas for the drama and asked her to do something that would show to parents, relatives and friends what their children were capable of. To put the first show together took 18 months.  Teaching someone to sing, teaching someone to learn lines, teaching someone to express themselves through song was the goal.  Keesha succeeded in putting on a fabulous show.  One parent said to me ‘how did you get Russel to sing never mind anything else – he can’t read or write. Keesha had found a voice in this young man and to this day he is still part of the drama group. The only way I can explain who and what Keesha can achieve with disabled people has to be borne out by the fact that she has completed 8 shows for ROYAD (Reach Out Youth & Adult Disabilities).  Her dedication to this disabled group and what she has achieved with them is nigh on a miracle.  The group now sing with gusto, they act with confidence; they love performing and they love the applause at the end of the show.  The Mayor of Kingston once said ‘I didn’t realise how much can be achieved by dance, music and song for people with a learning disability.  My reply was ‘not everyone has a Keesha Mclean at the helm’ She is going to be missed so much by all the young singers that she is tutor to and by all the ROYAD members.  We all wish her well in her new life ‘down under’ and sincerely hope that she starts another drama group in Australia for disabled boys, girls, men and women. In July 2012 on BBC4 TV Keesha was seen giving a singing lesson to one of those disabled people. You see the smile on his face that he sure was having fun.

      Sue Frett – Special Olympics Great Britain, Surrey and Founder of R.O.Y.A.D


My daughter has been taking singing lessons with Keesha for the last seven years since the age of 7. Her vocal ability and confidence as a performer has grown beyond all expectations under Keesha’s guidance and tuition. One of the many qualities Keesha possesses is her ability to recognise each pupils individual talent which she helps nurture and grow. This has become evident from the many Showcases Keesha works tirelessly to present. It is here you can see how all of her students have progressed as performers and vocalists. My daughter started off performing in her junior showcases , which she loved as they also give students the opportunity to get to know each other and work together in the ensemble numbers .She recently performed in the senior showcase where many of the other parents commented on how well she performed and had advanced as a singer. I would also again like to thank Keesha for her support and tuition when helping Courtney audition for a place on the musical theatre course at the prestigious BRIT school .My daughter was offered a place and starts September 2012. Thank you so much Keesha for everything WE WILL MISS YOUxx

      Tracey Hammond – Courntney Hammond BRIT school & ARTS ED, UK


Keesha has been my singing coach for nearly 3 years and the amount of skills and confidence I have gained is amazing. I remember the first time I walked into her studio, I was this shy girl who couldn’t sing infront of an audience.. Now, I have the confidence to express myself through music infront of hundreds of people. My vocal skills has improved so much and so has my confidence. Keesha has been the best vocal coach I have ever worked with, not only is she an incredible coach but she is also a friend to me and everyone. She gives all of her students an fantastic experience with her showcases she puts on each year and I have enjoyed every moment of it. She has been an absolute phenomenal teacher with both her teaching skills and vocally.

      Jessica Lee – BRIT School, ARTS ED, National Youth Musical Theatre, Eponine in London Cast of Les Miserables


Keesha… I started lessons with you at the age of 13, and in those 7 years you not only taught me how to sing , but to perform, confidence on the stage, introduction to brilliant music, help me get distinctions in my singing gradings and pure friendship. I have learnt so much from you keesha which I will never forget- I know its not much but thank you so much!! I’ll never forget you or teaching methods- true class! I’ll miss you, and always think of you when I’m doing my vocal warm ups or listening to jazz or esperanza spalding! Wish you all the best for your new life in Australia with Jim and those adorable cats! I just know you will be fab in anything you do- truly jealous of your new students to be!

      Rebecca Allen – Student 

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