Clay Corso has been teaching piano since 2017, and enjoys working with students of all ages and skill levels. Having played piano since the age of six, Clay has a diverse musical background. He is a 2019 graduate of the Elmhurst University music program, majoring in Jazz Studies with a certificate in Piano Pedagogy. During his time as a student, Clay studied classical and jazz piano while performing alongside many ensembles. He has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, and Jazz á Vienne as a member of the Elmhurst University Jazz Band. He was a winner of Elmhurst University’s Concerto Competition in 2017, and a winner of the NAfME Honors Recital in 2016. As a professional musician, Clay has performed at the Jazz Showcase, Winter’s Jazz Club, Fulton Street Collective, and more. He has also published educational articles for DownBeat Magazine and Chicago Jazz Magazine. Currently, Clay is the Assistant Music Director for Epiphany Lutheran Church in Elmhurst, IL, also serving as their pianist and organist, and keeps a teaching studio of students of all interests and ability levels.
I never could have imagined the idea of having virtual piano lessons with a 5 year old and 8 year old working, but they do. Our teacher, Clay Corso, does a wonderful job guiding my children through their lessons on Zoom. The classes are great, my children are progressing, and it's been one of the few things that have felt "normal" while we've been homebound since March due to the pandemic. I really appreciate how Brooke and team have shifted their model to accommodate these crazy times and the children's needs. I'm truly grateful.