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Teachers at the Old Town School

Chris Corsale

Guitar

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

Prince Songbag with Chris Corsale

Intermediate

$20 ($18 members)

Tue. March 01, 6:30 AM – 8:00 AM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave

We remember and celebrate the music of one Prince Rogers Nelson one of the true musical geniuses of the last 50 years. Prince left the mortal coil on April 21, 2016. Come join Chris Corsale as he shares a dozen or more songs arranged for acoustic guitar. Charts will be provided. Let’s get crazy.


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 01/03/2022

Mondays 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm
Wednesdays 11:00 am – 1:00 pm


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 02/28/2022

Mondays 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm
Wednesdays 11:00 am – 1:00 pm


Group Classes for the session beginning 01/03/2022

Guitar 1 with Chris Corsale

$214 ($194 members)

01/04/2022 – 02/22/2022 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar 3 Repertoire with Chris Corsale

$214 ($194 members)

01/08/2022 – 02/26/2022 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave


Group Classes for the session beginning 02/28/2022

Guitar 4Ever with Chris Corsale

An intermediate level course beyond guitar 4, with an emphasis on musicianship. Continue to work on playing with others, playing from memory and creating your own ongoing organic songbag. Students have been known to repeat this class endlessly!

$214 ($194 members)

02/28/2022 – 04/18/2022 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · In-Person @909 W Armitage Ave

Guitar 1 Repertoire with Chris Corsale

Here we improve skills by learning lots of great songs, different strums and a few "licks," while singing and playing at the same time! We suggest that students repeat the "rep" classes as needed. There are hundreds of tunes to learn at every skill level.

$214 ($194 members)

03/01/2022 – 04/19/2022 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar 4 with Chris Corsale

Round out your study in the core guitar program with Travis-style fingerpicking, complex orchestral chords (jazz chords) and melody playing. Learn to read guitar tablature while surveying a vast array of musical genres and alternate tunings.

$214 ($194 members)

03/05/2022 – 04/23/2022 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave

Rhythm Guitar with Chris Corsale

Work on your strumming/comping techniques in a variety of styles including bluegrass, jazz, reggae,rhythm & blues and rock. Incorporate syncopation and develop the ability to play comfortably in odd time signatures. This is great class to get your groove on and improve your ability to play with others!

$214 ($194 members)

03/05/2022 – 04/23/2022 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM · In-Person @4545 N Lincoln Ave