Teachers at the Old Town School

Azita Youssefi

Piano, Voice

Azita is an internationally performing singer/songwriter with 4 releases on Chicago's Drag City label. Before embarking on her solo career, she was lead vocalist and bassist for Chicago bands The Scissor Girls (1991-1997) and Bride of No No (1998-2003). She has been an active member of Chicago's music community since 1991, composing, recording and performing her own music and collaborating with some of Chicago's most well-regarded musicians in live and studio settings.

Azita was the composer and musical director for two of playwright Brian Torrey Scott's Rhinoceros Theater Festival productions, Detail From The Mountain Side (2005) and Year (2006), in which she also performed as a vocalist.

As a pianist, she has appeared on recordings by Edith Frost, The Silver Jews, Plush, and Bonnie "Prince" Billy (Will Oldham), in whose band she also toured internationally in 2005-2007.

Azita started piano lessons at 8 years old. As an adult, she studied classical piano with Richard Heiberger (Fine Arts Building, Chicago) and jazz with pianist Steve Million. She has been teaching piano and voice since 2002.

As a piano teacher, Azita has a flexible teaching style which takes into account the particular aims of the student, whether it be to write songs, accompany him/herself singing, develop a classical solo repertoire, or function in a band setting. Since no one can learn everything about the piano at once, she prioritizes the information she presents to help chart the path most relevant to the student. She also has a particular knack for helping the student who is already a guitar player translate what he or she already knows to the particulars of the piano.

As a voice teacher she helps the student learn to guide the voice through developing awareness of physical sensation and good vocal self-esteem.

Started at the Old Town School in March of 2009


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 10/30/2017

Mondays 4:00 pm – 7:45 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave
Tuesdays 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave
Tuesdays 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave
Wednesdays 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave
Sundays 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 01/08/2018

Mondays 4:00 pm – 7:45 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave
Tuesdays 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave
Tuesdays 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave
Sundays 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
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