Bryson Tarbet is a PreK-6th grade general music teacher just outside of Columbus, Ohio. He started That Music Teacher, LLC with the goal of sharing different perspectives on issues pertaining to the lives of music educators across the country. He also hosts That Music Podcast and is the educator behind the Elementary Music Summit.
In this conversation, Bryson shares insights into how he successfully runs his online business while still teaching music in the classroom. He discusses leveraging summits to build his business, the benefits of digital courses and memberships, and the mindset blocks he had to overcome to get to where he is today.
If you’re a teacher interested in making a difference beyond your classroom, this episode is a must-listen!
Connect with Bryson Tarbet:
- (03:35) Bryson’s journey from using TPT to creating his own courses and hosting a summit
- (05:15) Running an online business alongside teaching in the classroom
- (08:50) How teaching skills translate into the online business world
- (11:30) How a summit can help attract new customers
- (15:05) Creating a membership for recurring revenue and community support
- (17:15) Mindset blocks of feeling inexperienced and charging for services
- (22:35) Advice for teachers starting out in the online business world
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How Bryson Harbet Integrated Teaching and Entrepreneurship to Build a Successful Music Business
Are you a music teacher looking to expand your impact and income beyond the classroom?
Bryson Harbet from That Music Teacher shares his journey of successfully building an online business while still teaching music in the classroom.
He discusses leveraging summits, running a business with digital courses and memberships, and the mindset blocks he overcame to get to where he is today.
Finding Fulfillment Beyond the Classroom
Bryson’s story begins with a familiar feeling of yearning for a connection to his profession beyond the limitations of the traditional classroom setting.
He recognized that his skills and experience as a teacher could be leveraged in the online space to make a limitless impact. This realization propelled him to start That Music Teacher, a platform focused on providing professional development for elementary music teachers.
Making It Work While Balancing Teaching and Business
Despite working full-time as a music teacher, Bryson also managed to build his online business.
He shared insights into the challenges he faced, including finding a balance between his teaching and business responsibilities, learning to delegate, and coping with ADHD.
His experience demonstrates that it is possible to juggle both roles with the right strategies and support.
Leveraging Summits for Business Growth
Bryson’s success story included utilizing summits as a powerful tool for business growth.
By hosting free online professional development summits for music teachers, he not only expanded his email list and lead generation but also established himself as an expert in the field, leading to new speaking opportunities and networking with educators worldwide.
Membership and Digital Courses
One of Bryson’s key initiatives was launching a membership community, That Music Teacher Community, providing music educators with valuable resources and professional development content.
This recurring revenue model, in addition to digital courses like “General Music Jumpstart,” illustrates the potential for music teachers to create impactful and sustainable online businesses.
Overcoming Mindset Blocks
Bryson shared the mindset blocks he navigated, including self-doubt, imposter syndrome, and challenges related to a teacher’s financial mindset.
He emphasized the importance of valuing one’s expertise and the transformative impact teachers can create through their online businesses.
Advice for Teachers Venturing into Online Business
Bryson’s message to music teachers embarking on their online business journey is to remain focused on their individual path, treat every endeavor as an opportunity for growth, and be open to unexpected moments that can propel their business forward.
Bryson’s journey highlights the possibilities of bridging the gap between traditional teaching and successful online entrepreneurship in the field of music education.