Finding new ways to escape piano lessons was harder than Sean thought. His parents wouldn’t budge, so he and his two siblings were stuck learning the piano. When Sean learned that he could play by ear, music became fun and enjoyable– not a chore. He eventually got a degree in Mathematics, but never stopped playing music for enjoyment and professionally for various churches and bands. Recently, Sean decided to teach musicians who wanted to improvise by ear. He got an old keyboard, started a YouTube channel, and started an online business that has grown to 34K subscribers. Sean breaks down what high-level musicians are playing and shows others how to emulate them– the same way he learned!
What is your business? We are an online-only training membership website for musicians who want to learn to play gospel and jazz by ear at a high level.
Who are your clients? We work best with musicians who have been playing for a minimum of 5 years and have an interest in playing by ear. Our audience is currently comprised of around 90% gospel musicians and 10% jazz.
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur? I love teaching and inspiring others, but making money online and generating passive income has also inspired me. I had no clue that I could accomplish both of these things as an online business owner!
How has Catapult helped you? Catapult is so cool! I am amazed that I have been in Lakeland for as long as I have and did not know about them. The members are friendly and knowledgeable, and the staff has been immensely helpful!
Why Lakeland? I moved to Lakeland to teach mathematics at Polk State and HCC. Lakeland is amazing! It’s family-friendly, has plenty of cool folks, and there are so many interesting and unique places to visit. The entrepreneurship community here is thriving and is a great way to network with like-minded business owners.
What is your Secret Sauce? Focus on serving others, providing value to them, and helping them live to their fullest potential. The business will take care of itself.
This blog was written by the team at Catapult Lakeland, an entrepreneur center in Lakeland Florida that exists to foster the growth of startups by providing education, resources, community and space.