Most music recitals are a drag
Let's make yours TOTALLY AWESOME
  • Inspire your students to practice
  • Drive more business to your doorstep
  • Justify higher rates





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* Includes Two 1-hour Personal Coaching Sessions.  Limited availability.

Hi, I'm Rob

I've taught private guitar, voice, and stage performance in Seattle since 2003.
I've also been helping music teachers inspire their students and grow their business since 2009.

I love this job, but it was never easy, especially early on.

Before I started teaching guitar in 2003, I was Seattle's Worst Handyman.  I'll spare you the details, but let's just say this career suits me better. 

Still, during those first few years, my student concerts were typical. They stank

My students were awkward and nervous. The audience was politely non-entertained.  And organizing these shows was so much work.  I wasn't sure it was worth it, especially when I started paying venues and accompanists out of pocket.

Over years of trial and error, after performing at some terrible venues (pro tip: a huge, echoey school auditorium is not a good recital space), and surviving some extremely stressful shows, I developed a formula for my recitals that transformed them into fun, inspiring concerts with truly good music.  YouTube videos of the Jam have been watched by over 6 million people. And my students love, love, love performing, even the shy ones.

Check out this amazing footage.  See what a difference a great venue and great backup band makes?  Every parent wants this kind of experience for their child.

Emma performing her original, "Snow Day" in 2009



I can teach you how I made my student concerts so successful. 

It’s a formula.  I’ve broken the process down step-by-step, walking you through each of the phases of developing your next recital. There’s no guesswork: Just follow the plan.

By the end of the course, you'll know how to...

Prepare Students for the Stage

Using visualization to prepare students mentally

Teaching stagecraft

Scheduling and running full-band rehearsals

Organize Your Recital

Finding a venue

Keeping track of student, song, and pricing data

Getting great video footage

Debriefing with your team after the recital

Collaborate with Other Teachers

Finding music teachers who complement your skills

Delegating work to your team

Including other teachers' students in your recital

Make Your Concerts TOTALLY AWESOME

Setting the proper tone at the show

Introducing your students with flair

Thanking students, staff, and audience warmly

Creating unity among your team of teachers

In a nutshell,
Independent music teachers, studio owners, and leaders of music schools
who take their business seriously
  • Guitar teachers
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    Voice coaches
  • Drum & percussion teachers
  • Classical music teachers
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    Singing Teachers
  • Music school owners
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    Piano teachers
  • Music studio owners
  • Bass teachers
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    Keyboard teachers
For a lot of us, teaching is just a way make ends meet, filling in the cracks between gigs, recording sessions, running sound at a local club, and all the other hats we wear that add up to the job title, "Professional Musician."
But if you're a music teacher who really want to make an impact on the lives of the musicians you mentor, and who doesn't want to settle for an income more appropriate for lawn maintenance (no disrespect--I've mowed many lawns), this course is for you.
Who is it not for?
Most classroom music teachers
The first quarter of this course, which is all about preparing students for the stage, would be beneficial for any music teacher, and for many, this information alone could be well worth the price of the course.  But the rest of the course is really geared for teachers who run their own business, or who work for a school that offers them lots of flexibility.
Without this freedom, the typical classroom music teacher will often find themselves thinking, "Well, I can't do that."  If this sounds frustrating to you, steer clear.
Classical music teachers who believe music performance should be a solemn affair
I know classical voice, guitar, and piano teachers who give totally awesome student concerts.  Some of them helped me shape this course.  It's entirely possible to apply the philosophy and techniques in this course to classical performance--in fact I wholeheartedly recommend it.
But I know that some classical teachers believe that their music should be performed in a serious atmosphere, and that a playful tone cheapens the music. 
I disagree (as I'm sure you've gathered), and if you're open to discussion I'd love to get you in touch with my classical music friends I mentioned.  But if not, you won't find this course helpful.


You've been extremely important in the success of my music school.  

I spent a lot of money on my education at Berklee College of Music and learned a ton, but one thing they didn't teach was how to start your own music teaching business.  You showed me how.

Four years ago, I started with fliers and a website and no students. I now have well over 200 students. I just raised my rates for the first time, and it looks like I'll be making about $10,000 per 8-week session. That just absolutely blows my mind, especially only working 3-8 from home, Monday through Friday.

And more importantly, with that many students, I have made a lot of great relationships with parents and I feel like an important part of my community, and that I'm adding value to these people's lives.

I am very grateful for your guidance.

Sean P. Rogan
You Rock School of Music

Why improve your recitals?

Great recitals

Motivate Students

We all struggle to motivate our students to practice.  How do you compete with a young student’s Xbox or soccer games? Or an adult student’s demanding job and family commitments?


The answer is: You give them something more compelling: A chance to perform music they love for an enthusiastic crowd.  Here's a rough graph showing how motivated my students are before and after my recitals.  

Most of my students slack just like yours do.  But when they're preparing for my recitals, they practice like olympic athletes.

true story

Once upon a time, I taught a 6-year-old, Ana, who did not like her guitar lessons.

Right after her mom dropped her off, Ana pretended to be a dog. Have you ever tried teaching music to a dog?

When she got tired of being a dog, she pretended to be tired.  Very, very tired.  Have you ever tried teaching someone who's asleep?

I knew I needed to get her on stage. I taught how to handle stage fright in between naps. I showed her footage of other kids having fun on stage.  "Woof," she said.

Finally, she performed on stage. She was nervous!

Her song wasn't amazing, but audiences go nuts for nervous kids with dimples.  She beamed as the crowd cheered.

The next lesson, Ana bounded through my door, announcing the next song she wanted to perform. The narcoleptic dog never returned. 

the end

Great recitals

Make Money

We didn't choose teaching music because we want to make tons of money.
That would be crazy.
But I've never met a music teacher who didn't want to make a better living.
I'm on a mission to help music teachers earn what they deserve.
Student concerts are an overlooked opportunity.

Here's what great recitals produce...


Students who are having a blast will have better attendance and take lessons with you longer.


Students and their parents tell their friends about your amazing shows.  Voila!  New students, primed to love their lessons from Day 1.

Free Advertising

Students invite their friends to the shows, and share video footage on social media.  Friends are blown away.  Bam!  More new students.


Students will gladly pay for these experiences.  You can offer affordable options where students play solo, while premium rock star packages with a professional backing band earn you big money.

You've played countless $100 gigs and made great sacrifices to get to where you are. Why shouldn't you go on the same tropical vacations your students do?

How Much Can You Make?

I currently charge $165/hour for lessons, which is more than triple the going rate for lessons in the Seattle area. How do I justify it? Giving my students performance experiences that they'll tell their grandchildren about.

My 2016 private lesson income

Don't bore us, get to the...course!
I know you're busy--I am too.  I'm all for 15-minute epic ballads, but I want my online courses to save me time.

That's why I've made the course content as tight as a 4-minute pop song: Everything you need, with no fluff.

What you'll get

Teaching Materials


This lovingly crafted ebook contains the majority of the course content, which means you can study wherever you have a phone, tablet, or laptop.


Each of the four ebook modules starts with a video intended to get you stoked and show you what you’ll learn.


Two of the course’s lesons have video demonstrations.  Sometimes you just gotta see it in action.

Most online courses stop there.
But I want to do whatever I can to keep you engaged and motivated. 

Here are your built-in tools for success.
Support & Encouragement


Online courses have one big drawback: You’re often alone. This means you miss out on the encouragement, accountability, and advice you get from your classmates and teacher. I don’t care how disciplined you are: It’s very, very difficult to sustain hard work when you’re alone.

My solution is to provide an online community: A private Facebook group of other music teachers enrolled in Totally Aweseome Recitals. Because it’s private, we’re free to discuss your teaching and your business.


I believe online courses are most enjoyable and satisfying when they have a finish line.  That's why you'll start your Totally Awesome Recitals adventure by planning what you'd like to achieve in the course, using this 10-page Course Completion Guide.  You'll evaluate the current state of your student concerts using my fun and easy "Awesomeness Level" rating system, then choose the enhancements you want to make to bump that level up a notch.  

You'll evaluate the current state of your student concerts using my fun and easy "Awesomeness Level" rating system, then choose the enhancements you want to make to bump that level up a notch.  


As you probably know, student concert organization can get complicated.  It's easy to get overwhelmed juggling emails with your video person, scheduling the setlist around students' soccer games, sending the venue your stage plot, and a multitude of other administrative tasks.

All this stuff is totally manageable if you have an easy way of tracking it.  My favorite tool is Trello.

to save you time and money
Spreadsheet Template
Put song selection and pricing on autopilot

This is the Google Doc spreadsheet my team of teachers uses to organize all our student, song, and pricing data.  It's product of a decade of innovations, revisions, and pulling our hair out.

At a glance, you'll see...
  • What songs your students are performing
  • Each student's auto-calculated participation fee
  • Each teacher's auto-calculated earnings based on their workload
Concert Program Template
Your program should look totally awesome too

This is the professionally-designed template I use for all my student concerts.  It's beautiful, but also generic enough to be used by any music teacher. 

Just add your logo to the front, details like the date and location of the show, and your setlist.  

Thanks for putting great work out there and for spreading the music gospel the way it ought to be spread - with passion, attention to detail and a sense of humor.

Jim Bowley, Guitar Teacher in Bel Air, MD

What Other Teachers Say

I wrote a guide to running a successful guitar teaching business called Rob's Totally Awesome Guitar Teaching Handbook.  Here's some feedback from my readers.

I can without doubts or reservations deem this The Bible of beginner-intermediate guitar instruction.

JP Holesworth

I started teaching in 2009 but with little success. Then I read your eBook and it changed my world tremendously. I was able to get up to 35 regular students a week!  I recommend it to everyone I know who wants to teach.

Tommy Bryant 
Guitar Teacher

The only reason I am teaching regularly is because of your book.  I read it cover to cover. I immediately connected with your story and your writing style. Best $30 I've ever spent. 

Bruce Kaechele 
Six Open Strings Guitar Lessons


30 Day Refund Policy

You have to take enough risks in life, this shouldn't be one of them. Try the course for 30 days, and if you're not completely satisfied, I'll refund your entire purchase, with zero hassle.

Let's Get Started

Both packages are a single payment for lifetime access to all content.




  • Lifetime access to content
  • Course Completion Guide
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    Access to private Facebook group
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    Spreadsheet and program templates
  • Two 1-hour private coaching sessions



Limited Availability: 7 slots left

  • Lifetime access to content
  • Course Completion Guide
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    Access to private Facebook group
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    Spreadsheet and program templates
  • Two 1-hour privat​​​​​​​​​​​​​​e coaching sessions


Frequently Asked Questions

Why are you pre-selling this course?

Is this just for recitals with kids?

I'm not a super confident performer. Is this going to hold me back?

If I buy, how soon will I start seeing course material surface?