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San Marcos Music Academy

565 North Arizona Avenue

Chandler, AZ 85225

(480) 292-7955


565 North Arizona Avenue

Chandler, AZ 85225

(480) 292-7955



Artha studied under Dorinda Nyland of Alameda, California, for ten years, taught privately for a period, and then taught for nearly 10 years at Brindley’s Music in Chandler, Arizona, before joining the San Marcos Music Academy. She teaches traditionally using a variety of piano methods, such as Alfred, Piano Adventures, and the standard A Dozen A Day, Hanon, and numerous others.

Artha encourages new beginners, both young children and adults, to commit to piano lessons for a minimum of two years. Most of her students continue beyond three years and those that continue after that play quite well at a comfortable 4-5+ level. Many of her teen students have received music scholarships to the colleges and universities they attend.

Artha is a very patient and gentle teacher. However, she maintains a standard of high commitment with her students, where they know they must practice daily in order to learn and advance. Practice time is recorded with a 100-hour goal to receive a composer statuette award. She encourages her students to attend at least one concert of their choice per year, where they can view and hear piano music at its finest.

Artha Jackson

“Miss Artha's kind and gentle manner in teaching my son works well with his personality and sensitive nature. He loves reaching his practice goal of 100 hours of practice to earn his composer statuettes. He's earned two already and looks forward to his lessons. She keeps him motivated and always comes home with a happy attitude.”

Ginger R. (parent)

“Artha Jackson has been a steady teacher for my daughter. Before we found Artha, my daughter went through 5 teachers at the tender age of 8 because these teachers either moved away, cancelled the classes, or had other reasons for not showing up to teach.  Now my daughter is finally progressing nicely and looks forward to coming to her lessons. She is looking forward to the recital and showing off her piano skills.”

Beverly M. (parent)

Karen Burns

Karen has been teaching music for 15 years. She studied piano as the only piano student chosen to work privately under a Julliard professor while growing up. She continued studying music as much as possible in college. Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, and has slowly pursued a degree in music performance since moving to Arizona. Karen worked professionally as a dancer, singer, actor in New York and Los Angeles for 10 years.

For piano instruction Karen tailors the method of study based on an individual’s learning style, musical preferences and amount of time available to devote to playing the piano. Included in Karen’s classical approach is an emphasis on “playing” the piano versus “practicing” the piano. This philosophy brings about more joy in the learning process and therefore more time is spent actually sitting at the piano. She is most comfortable teaching beginning to intermediate/advanced levels and loves to work with all ages.

For voice, Karen sang with a rock band and studied musical theatre while in college, then later studied opera while living in New York City from a  singer with the Metropolitan Opera. Musical Theatre is her personal preference for singing and teaching. However, she does love pop and rock music and working with aspiring singers in these genre’s to help learn how to safely expand range and power. In teaching voice, Karen’s focus is on breathing techniques, relaxing and bringing the voice forward. Primarily, she finds teaching an individual to like the voice they’ve been given and how to confidently let it out to be the most rewarding. For actor’s who sing, Karen works on the song as a monologue and approaches the lesson looking for the character and story behind the song. Many of her students have gone on to professional work in Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix and Disney Worlds in Florida and Japan.

Eva Lou

Jui Lan (Eva) Lou graduated from Shih Chien University majoring in Vocal and Piano. Her post-graduate studies were at the Mozart Conservatory in Austria, and the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, PA where she earned a masters degree.

Eva has been teaching for many years and is a soloist in recitals and choruses.

“Eva has a gift and love for teaching, passing on her passion for music to her students in a way that motivates them, whether young or old, and tailoring their lessons to meet their needs and goals. Eva has taught vocal and piano lessons for over 20 years to both children and adults. She has worked with many students from widely varying backgrounds and all ages, both in private studio and group studios. She makes bridges between the theoretical and the practical.”

Shirley Dong, PhD.