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
Enrollment is now open

When I first launched this course in the summer of 2018, I limited enrollment to two weeks.  I'm changing my approach now to better meet the needs of teachers whenever they're ready to learn.  As of September 1, 2018, enrollment is no longer limited to brief windows.  Come join now!





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


Hi, I'm Rob Hampton
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 when I wrote Rob's Totally Awesome Guitar Teaching Handbook.
I like helping music teachers because we all face the same challenges:
How to I get my students to practice?
How do I get more students?
How do I keep my current students from quitting?
How do I make a decent living?
Many music teachers have given me a hand over the years.  Now I've found the answers to these questions, and creating this course is my way of giving back to a community I love.



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

Help Students Prepare Music for Performance

Teach Stage Presence

Reduce Stage Anxiety

Teach Beginners How to Play With Others

Hold Full-Band Rehearsals

Teach Stagecraft Skills​

Collaborate with Other Teachers

Find music teachers who complement your skills

Delegate work to your team

Include other teachers' students in your recital

Organize meetings

Work solo if you don't want to or can't collaborate

Organize Your Show

Schedule your shows

Develop a pricing strategy

Organize all your student and song data in a spreadsheet

Keep track of tasks so nothing slips through the cracks

Improve Your Venue

Film the concert or hire a videographer

Group students into bands or ensembles

Organize Rehearsals


Set the proper tone at the show

Introduce your students with flair

Thank students, staff, and audience warmly

Create unity among your team of teachers

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.
Praise for Rob's Totally Awesome Guitar Teaching Handbook

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
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 to 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 wants 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.

And more importantly, I feel like an important part of my community​.

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.

This Machine Kills Attrition
If I can get students to perform on stage once, they stick around.

These concerts are a student retention machine.

Year after year, I go to edit the roster of students that are participating, and it's the same 12 students every time. They’re hooked.

Joe Walker
Deft Digits Guitar Lessons
I used to not care how much money I made.
Then this happened.
I chose to be a guitar teacher because I love spreading the joy of music.  But the stakes are higher now that I have a family to support.

I obsess about business because it brings my family security, health, balance, and a rich life full of adventure.

I want a rainy-day fund if someone gets sick.  
I want to cancel lessons when my 6-year-old graduates from kindergarten.
I want my kids to grow up with a dad who isn't overworked and grouchy.
And darn it, I want to go to Disneyland.  Probably more than my kids 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 gross income  I took time off in December. 🙂

From a Totally Awesome Recitals Beta Tester
My first student concerts were a bunch of little kids playing classical guitars. It was very low-key.

Now we also cater to students of all ages collaborating with each other and accompanied by our house band. It's a much more gig-like feel in an established local venue. Our students and parents love it!

Recently, some of our performers played their songs at a local festival, to rapturous applause. This is something they wouldn't have been prepared for had they not had the experience of playing in our showcases.

Getting more students involved and more parents involved really helped my retention. The students who perform come back time after time after time because they love it.
Vicki Workman
Owner of Croyden Guitar Tuition
Croydon, United Kingdom

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.  


As you 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, which is basically a really visual, easy-to-use to-do list. I saved you the trouble and setup a Trello board for you.

Early in the course, you'll customize your board by simply deleting the tasks you won't do, and then scheduling your work. Due dates get sent to your digital calendar so that you stay on track. Awesome!

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.  

30 Day Guarantee

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: 3 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


Any problems or questions?  Click the red help button in the bottom right corner.
If I'm not in lessons we can chat live!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this just for concerts with kids?

I'm not a confident performer.  Can I still be successful in this course?

My next concert is in just a few weeks.  Can this course help me?

Logistics for these shows are such a nightmare.  Can this course help?