Teachers at the Old Town School

Chris Corsale


Chris Corsale has been playing guitar and singing on the Chicago music scene for about 15 years, and currently plays with The Right Now and as a solo act. Having studied guitar in northern New Jersey where he grew up, he moved to Chicago in 1996 and formed a number of bands, including a large original disco band and a very silly cover band. In 2005 he began touring with 56 Hope Road, and then joined The Right Now and continued to tour the country from Boston to New Orleans to Austin and all over the Midwest. In recent years their music has been featured in episodes of 90210 and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and their two albums have been critically acclaimed. Between all of these projects and his long-running stints at Costello Sandwiches and Potbelly's, Chris has played well over 1,000 shows.

Chris has been teaching private guitar lessons since 2006, and became a full-time musician in 2008. He took a keen interest in solo guitar interpretations, learning how to represent fully-arranged pop songs with just one instrument, and trying to integrate pop and R&B songs into a scene that was dominated by folk and rock songs.

With a degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Illinois, he takes a positive, patient approach with his students. Having fun with the learning process can make it that much more rewarding.

Education: University of Illinois

Started at the Old Town School in September of 2013

Upcoming Workshops

Summer Phish Songbag


$20 ($18 members)

Fri. June 18, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · Online

Yeah maaaannn. Let's take some favorites from Trey, Page, Fish, and Mike and give 'em the summer singalong treatment. All instruments welcome; Guitar 3-level-experience is helpful but not crucial. Charts will be provided

Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 06/21/2021

Mondays 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesdays 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Wednesdays 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Group Classes for the session beginning 06/21/2021

Guitar 4Ever with Chris Corsale

$206 ($186 members)

06/21/2021 – 08/09/2021 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · Online

Strategic Strumming with Chris Corsale

Learning the chords and melodies is only half the battle, folks! Here's where we focus on our strumming/picking hand, and gain more control over how we engage with the strings. We'll talk about dynamics, muting, pick grip, and all of the je ne sais quois that bring personality and precision to our playing. Sometimes it's a fine line between a rut and a groove...let's get you on the groovin' side.

$214 ($194 members)

06/22/2021 – 08/10/2021 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · In-Person @4545 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar 4Ever with Chris Corsale

$214 ($194 members)

06/22/2021 – 08/10/2021 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · In-Person @4545 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar 4Ever with Chris Corsale

$214 ($194 members)

06/23/2021 – 08/11/2021 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · In-Person @4545 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar 3 Repertoire with Chris Corsale

$214 ($194 members)

06/26/2021 – 08/14/2021 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM · In-Person @4545 N Lincoln Ave