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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



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.