Hip Harp Academy
I can’t give you back the next 3 months of your life.
But in April 2020 I CAN add 3 EXTRA MONTHS in the Academy for FREE
When you Join, Upgrade or Renew in APRIL 2020 you get 3 EXTRA MONTHS for FREE. Read on to learn more
We Need Music Now more than ever
We need to MAKE that music – for ourselves and for others.
So in April 2020 you’ll get 15-months for the normal membership price of 12-months.
If you choose a payment plan, you’ll be able to pay that over 15 months instead of 12.
And if you pay in full you’ll also get a BONUS 40-minute Virtual 1-on-1 with me to coach you in anything you need coaching on.
NEW in APRIL 2020!
Join the BETA-Team
for our Newest Class:
One Song: The Nightingale
“One Song” is a new way of learning music, to play the song of your heart. When you learn to do that with One Song – you’ll know how to do it with any song.
This new class comes with your Hip Harp Academy yearly membership … or you can purchase it as a stand-alone class.
What if you had it all …
and you didn’t know how to use it?
That’s what it’s like for most harp players
If you play the harp, you probably think you need to develop faster technique or more skills in order to play ‘better.’
But that’s a myth
The truth is that you just DON’T KNOW HOW to use what you ALREADY HAVE!
You’re stuck to the page because you haven’t been taught how music ‘works’. This goes for advanced and professional as well as fledgling or intermediate players.
You just don’t know how to use what you already have.
Well, that’s all about to change!
“Hip Harp Academy” is all about learning to express yourSELF with your instrument at the technical ability you have right now, this very minute – and the Full membership level gives you access to ALL the online courses in the Academy for a full year.
That means you’ll spend a whole year with me, developing your repertoire of self-expression, going one class at a time, having
- FOR ADVANCED PLAYERS that means you’ll learn to improvise and really have fun with those ‘chops’ you’ve spent your life developing.
- FOR FLEDGLING PLAYERS it means learning alternatives to your technical challenges so you can play fluently and creatively right now using the skills you do have.
- FOR INTERMEDIATE PLAYERS it means learning skills to add to the ones you already have.
For everyone it means learning the double-power of simplifying and embellishing so every piece you play continues to expand as you get more and more comfortable with your instrument … and yourself.
Hip Harp Academy
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Hip Harp Academy
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Is a year-long curriculum for Harp Players who want to develop Improvisation, arrrangement and performance skills so they can express themSELVES with their instruments and their music.
The Academy includes over a dozen different classes
You Always Have TWO OPTIONS
for joining Academy Classes:
1. SINGLE CLASS PURCHASE
Once you purchase an individual class, all the training for that class is available for 24/7 access for 6 months.
You can purchase and join a class any time – HOWEVER, most people choose to join a specific class when Deborah (DHC) is “guiding” that class. She guides each class once a year, on a schedule, with live chats and assignments to help you put what you’re learning into play. To purchase a single class, click on it in the gallery of classes below.
2. YEARLY ACADEMY MEMBERSHIP
Get yearlong access to ALL classes in the Academy, including ALL guided classes, ALL self-paced classes and all live chats.
Scroll down to see a gallery of ALL the classes
FALL 2018 SPECIAL PROGRAM:
Included in Yearlong Membership – or Purchase as an Individual Program
For Pedal & Lever Harps in 3 Levels: Fledgling ~ Intermediate ~ Advanced
Get ALL these classes in your Year-long Membership
“Jazz for Harps” covers the 4 Quadrants of Learning Jazz & Improv: Harmony, Rhythm, Roadmaps of tunes, and Improvisation.
Learning the basics of how jazz ‘works’ expands your ability to improvise in every style of music – from jazz to folk to meditation music – and gives you skills in creating your own music, playing with ensembles and expanding the pieces you already play by adding improv sections or expanding the harmony.
You can also take this class ‘a la carte’, which includes 6 months of self-paced learning. To learn more about the class and register for it as a single, stand-along class, visit the Jazz for Harp Info-Page
“Blues Harp-Style” is 6-Module online course, especially for harp players. It gives you secrets to playing one of the world’s most fun, useful, and expressive musical forms: the Blues – no matter what your skill level.
By the end of the course you’ll be bending notes, improvising bass lines, comping, playing riffs and rhythms – and you’ll know how to do it alone or with others!
You’ll liberate yourself from the page by learning how the Blues WORKS – then expand your improv skills by learning to simplify, embellish and even modify Blues for therapeutic playing!
You can also take this class ‘a la carte’, which includes 6 months of self-paced learning. To learn more about the class and register for it as a single, stand-alone class, visit the Blues Harp-Style Info-Page
“Summer Harp Jam” is an 8-week playalong Virtual Summer Camp for harp players that’s all about learning improvisation by playing along.
You’ll get left-hand patterns, right-hand patterns, rhythmic patterns and chord progressions that start you improvising immediately.
Learn improvisation while you play…liberating you from the notes on the page and opening up your creative power!
“Strings of Passion” is a ten-week program to develop creative rigor: the ability to distinguish and use the 7 principles that turn a creative impulse into creative expression.
We’ll learn the 7 strings: Impulse, Structure, Character, Roles, Practice, Deconstruction, Lift-Off – and how they work together to empower and liberate your creative journey internally – and externally through your instrument.
This class will enhance your ability to listen as you play, to use blueprints for improvisation, and to develop your own daily creative practice – with video lessons, prompts, meditations, an online “Creativity Gym” and a workbook full of creative exercises. This class powerfully combines mindset with usable techniques whether you’re playing classical music, jazz, or improvising a meditation.
You can also take this class ‘a la carte’, which includes 6 months of self-paced learning. To learn more about the class and register for it as a single, stand-alone class, visit the “Strings of Passion” Info Page.
What if you could learn the art of singing and playing harp – together at the same time – in just a couple of hours?
Well, you CAN – if you know how to approach the learning process, and are able to simplify it to start with only 3 chords – so you can shift between them with your eyes closed (yes, literally closed).
This is actually the way that every ukulele and guitar player starts – with 3 chords – and you can start the same way, too – learning by shape and quickly developing a repertoire of songs you can sing alone or with others.
Once you’ve learned to do this at a simple level, “Sing & Play Harp” also shows you how you can expand and embellish what you’ve learned as your skills develop.
You can also take this class ‘a la carte’, which includes 6 months of self-paced learning. To learn more about the class and register for it as a single, stand-alone class, visit the “Sing & Play Harp” Info Page
The Academy’s repertoire-building powerhouse program, the 10-week “Hip Harp Toolkit” teaches you to create spontaneous arrangements from any simple tune using a 5-part arrangement blueprint.
You’ll also learn how to modulate, create medleys and power-generate repertoire whether you’re a professional harpist looking to liberate yourself from the notes on the page, an impassioned amateur who wants to play for family or friends, or a harp therapy practitioner looking for ways to be more responsive to your clients while expanding your repertoire and improvisation techniques.
The Toolkit also includes a module on the business basics of promoting and sharing your repertoire.
This class is also available ‘a la carte,’ which includes 6 months of self-paced learning. To learn more about the class and register for it as a single, stand-alone class visit the Hip Harp Toolkit Info Page.
This essential course is always available for “at your own pace” learning because it gives you a theory and harmony foundation specifically for HARP – with hands-on exercises that get the harmony directly into your fingers.
“Hands on Harmony” teaches you the essentials of how to EXPAND chords, create ALTERATIONS and apply SUBSTITUTIONS. It also gives you an introduction into the world of harmonic PROGRESSIONS, with many play-along exercises to integrate what you’re learning.
This class is also available ‘a la carte,’ which includes 3 months of self-paced learning. To learn more about the class and register for it as a single, stand-alone class visit the Hands on Harmony Info Page.
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Baroque Flamenco’ Beyond the Page” is a 3-week, 12 module course created especially for the impassioned harp player. Learn secrets from the composer of how to play her harp fiery showpiece, “Baroque Flamenco”,’ at your skill level on your harp.
You’ll learn to EXPAND it if you’re an advanced player and SIMPLIFY it if you’re still a fledgling player. You’ll learn to make the dramatic Flamenco cadenza SIZZLE and how to end the piece with so much inner fire that you COMPEL your audience to jump up and shout! You’ll even learn to RESTYLE the piece to play it as a meditative or bedside piece!
You can also take this class ‘a la carte,’ which includes 6 months of self-paced learning. To learn more about the class and register for it as a single, stand-alone class visit the Baroque Flamenco Beyond the Page Info Page.
Here’s what students of all levels say about DHC’s online learning
“This was the single most important musical course I have ever done in years of learning harp, and I would recommend it to anyone at any musical level.
The course was absolutely jam-packed with incredible information, carefully structured so anyone at any level can work with the concepts … and the concepts I learned have become integral to my harping experience, like a kind of ‘harping code’.“
With this one course, Deborah gave me all the tools I needed for arranging music.” -BLYTHE TAIT (Australia)
“As an adult beginner on harp, I thought your “New Blues” was way too hard for me, but after I took ‘New Blues Beyond the Page’ I realized I CAN PLAY IT!”
– KATHY KING (U.S.A.)
“My sheet music has always been my safety net, and I couldn’t imagine myself to perform anything by memory. But when you broke Baroque Flamenco down into small pieces, it all felt so simple. I felt so safe. Thank you so much for making me do something that I thought was impossible.”
– ANNETTE SOLLIE HAGEN (Norway)
Invest in Your Creative Freedom
A Full YEAR of Academy Classes & Community
Including ALL Full-Level Courses Above
Take Your Creative Expression to the Next Level
NOTE: During April 2020,
3 Extra Months will be added
to all registrations, upgrades and renewals
ONLY the FIRST 25 PEOPLE WHO SIGN UP!!! (only 3 left!)
BONUS ENROLLMENT in my first ever 4-Week “Jazz for Harps” Beta program. This brand new 4-Week “JAZZ for HARPS” Beta program is normally only open to Hip Harp Academy FULL Yearlong Members – so jump in on this bonus now! This is a chance to take everything you learn in “Blues Harp-Style” and learn how to apply it to jazz tunes.
16+ CLASSES IN ARRANGEMENT, IMPROV, PERFORMANCE & MINDSET: a yearlong support & challenge to help you create new REPERTOIRE, TOOLS, SKILLS & INSPIRATION throughout the year. This includes classes you can access at any time 24/7, or you can follow a schedule of GUIDED classes (see the list below) – all audio & PDFs are downloadable to add to your personal training library.
LIVE ONLINE CHATS, FACEBOOK COMMUNITY You get to ask the questions YOU have, and DHC personally answers them in the CHATS, which you can attend live or watch the replays which you can watch over and over; You also get to connect with a Facebook Community of supportive creative colleagues throughout the world — from dedicated, impassioned amateurs to professionals who know they want to keep expanding their expression.
YOUR TEACHER – YOUR CLASSMATES – YOUR COMMUNITY – You have several ways to get direct answers, input or feedback on your questions and your work, through the “Ask a Question” page, live online chats – and through the assignments and project you get DHC written or video feedback on how to implement, where to go next, how to simplify or embellish.
A MASTER TEACHER, your coach, teacher & mentor is creative artist, like you. She’s searching, growing, learning like you. Like you, she has creative challenges and, like you, she reaches out to her own master coaches to get answers … and then brings what she learns back to you, along with her own knowledge. A Grammy-Nominated, international touring artist who values your questions and insights in creating the next steps for your personal creative journal.
TOTAL VALUE of all classes is $5,750. But when you register for the Academy you get access to ALL for $1295 $997
NOTE: If it ever looks like the order form isn’t displaying the offer described, just use our “Ask-A-Question” form to let us know and we’ll get it fixed as quickly as possible. Thank you!!
ARE YOU RENEWING?
If you’ve been in the Academy for at least one year & you’re renewing, use this order form to RENEW with your discount code and put your renewal discount code in the Promo Code field. You’ll be able to choose to pay in full or a payment plan. Renewal also gives you ‘Elite’ status with extra Elite-Only chats.
If you didn’t get a renewal discount code in the mail (or lost it), use the “Ask a Question” form to let us know and ask us to send it to you.
I can’t wait to spend another year with you!!
ARE YOU UPGRADING?
If you’re upgrading from “Jazz for Harps,” “Building the Bones,” or another program and you have an upgrade code, use this order form to upgrade — the standard form above won’t take your code.
Don’t have an upgrade code? If you’re already in a single class and you want to upgrade to the Full Yearlong Academy – but haven’t gotten an Upgrade code, use the Ask a Question Form form to ask if there’s a special code discount for your specific class. I look forward to spending the year with you!!
Hip Harp Academy Full Yearlong Membership includes over a dozen classes, including Hip Harp Toolkit / Arrange Yourself, Jazz for Harps, Blues Harp-Style, Summer Harp Jam, Strings of Passion, Baroque Flamenco Beyond the Page PLUS any bonuses offered for individual classes. If you have questions about how it works, just email using my Ask a Question Form.
JOIN NOW & lock in your price!
When you join now your price is locked-in
for as long as you remain a member
It’s time to take what you already know …
and express yourSELF with it!
What if this is the beginning of the greatest creative adventure of your lifetime?
What if I told you that you already have what you need to express yourself fully with your instrument – no matter what level – and you can start right now?”
It has to do with letting GO of what you think you need to do and learn the concepts, skills and mindset to set yourself – and your instrument FREE. You’ve worked hard to get your instrument and learn everything you’ve already learned. It’s finally time to put everything you’ve learned – and everything you are – into full expression! I will show you how in the Hip Harp Academy.
I’m Deborah Henson-Conant and I’ve created the Hip Harp Academy just for YOU, the creative harp player – whether you’re a dedicated, impassioned amateur from fledgling to advanced – or a professional who longs to liberate yourself from the notes on the page.
I’ve spent my life committed to creating to empowering our worldwide harp community – from amateurs to professionals by creating new concert works, concertos and chamber music for the harp – and to collaborating with CAMAC Harps in the creation of a new HARP — the “DHC” electric harp (yes! named after me!)
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How long is the Hip Harp Academy?
You can join the Academy any time and get 24/7 access to all the learning modules to learn at your own page BUT we recommend starting when the guided courses begin, which happens several times throughout the year. That means you’ll be able to ask questions about the modules during the chats that take place only when guided classes are being run.
What if I’m not Tech-Savvy … or a downright Technophobe??
Most course modules are provided in 4 formats including ‘lower-tech’ versions (audio files and PDFs) that you can download to your own computer so you don’t need to use interactive software like streaming.
- Video: Streaming Video
- Audio: Downloadable Audio versions of the videos
- OnScreen Content: On-Screen Text & Images
- PDFs: Many classes also include a downloadable PDF version of the text & images that are on the screen. Some include simpified cheat-sheets, overviews or playsheets instead.
One of the things technophobes (like I was!) love about my courses is that they become so more web-and-tech savvy just by taking the course. If you’re taking the VIP add-on, and submitting videos for me to give feedback on, we even have a short video tutorial to help you learn to create videos, submit them to YouTube and keep them out of the public eye!
Do I have to do homework?
Are ALL the courses already available right now? If I wanted to hunker down and take them all in the first month could I do that?
What Courses are actually included in the Academy?
- Hip Harp Toolkit (“Arrange Yourself”) – Learn all the basics of impromptu arrangement so you can take any basic tune and create a spontaneous arrangement (includes focus on therapeutic arrangements) (Learn more at the “Hip Harp Toolkit” Info Page)
- Hands on Harmony – Get a theory and harmony foundation from a harpist’s perspective! (Learn more at the “Hands on Harmony” Info Page.
- Baroque Flamenco Beyond the Page – Learn to play this expressive piece either as a fiery showpiece or a comtemplative fantasia
- Summer Harp Jam – Learn some of the simplest, most useful and most fun tiny improvisation forms that you can add as intros, endings and interludes in any piece — or turn into a full improvisation or jam. (Learn more at the “Summer Harp Jam” Info Page)
- Blues HarpStyle – learn to play one of the most fun, expressive forms of music for solo playing – or playing with others
- New Blues Beyond the Page – this is a brand new course I created just for students in the Academy as a companion to “Blues HarpStyle” (so there’s no public info page). You’ll learn a simplified version of my composition “New Blues” – and how to add all the tricks you learned in “Blues Harp-Style”
- Strings of Passion – this is a brand new program I’m developing in 2017 and everyone in the Academy will have the chance to participate in the debut Beta program, though it may be moved out of the Academy later on – so if you want to get it for free, make sure to sign up for “Hip Harp Academy” now.
- Additional “Beyond the Page” mini-courses
- Blueprints, Cheat-sheets & Playsheets like the “Arrange-o-Matic” and “Left Hand Pattern CheatSheet”
- An “Innerplay” mindset course
- New One-hour Mini-Courses throughout the year
- Fun arrangement and performance challenges after each course ends, to help implement and share what you’ve learned
- Access to a powerful international community of impassioned learners and players
MY GOAL is to give you everything I can to help you learn and implement the ‘DHC Method” so you can express yourSELF with your instrument at whatever technical level you’re at right now and be able to adapt to both changing environments and to your own developing abilitiies
When are the courses available and for how long?
In addition to being able to go through the courses at your own pace whenever you want, I will ALSO be running “Interactive” versions of each course on a schedule throughout the year. Once you’re in the Academy, you can choose either option – or both – whatever makes the learning work for you.
How do the “levels” of the Academy work?
The Academy is a Yearlong Membership program with THREE LEVELS
- FREE LEVEL includes fun resources everyone can enjoy (and you can stay in FREE LEVEL as long as you like – whether you renew your other membership levels or not)
- FULL LEVEL includes ALL the online courses you see on this page. When you join at FULL level, you can take any of the courses at your own pace any time OR join the guided interactive versions of the courses OR do BOTH.
- HARNESS YOUR MUSE – if you’re ready to develop a new project, like an album, a concert, a show (or are having trouble completing one you started), or work with a new kind of ensemble – like a trio, or ensemble – or if you want to work on career development you can apply for the “Harness Your Muse” mentorship project. Read more and apply here.
Is there any way to see inside the Academy to get an idea how it’s set up?
What if I live in a timezone that makes it difficult for me to attend ‘live’ events? Will they be videotaped for replay?
- The TRAINING MODULES are all already all videotaped, and we’re just transferring them to the new classroom now (but there’s a lot of content so we’re doing it class by class)
- Any LIVE CHATS and EVENTS will be videotaped (barring major equipment gremlins) — and the replays will be available to everyone who has FULL membership. For people who want to ask questions but can’t make the live chats, you’ll be able to submit your questions in advance via the “Ask a Question” form
Exactly what is the cost and does any discount come AFTER the $997 yearly membership or does that price include the discount.
If I join the Academy with a discount, can I rejoin in following years at the same discounted price?
Can I apply a discount to upgrades in following years?
ANSWER: Great question! Discounts only apply to FULL and VIP – and only what you invest in now. So if you’re interested in VIP, this is the time to lock that in, because that discounted price gets locked in if you decide to do VIP again the following year, and it will stay locked in as long as you continue to renew in consecutive years
Do you provide payment plans?
Can I get a Refund?
REGISTRATION for FALL 2017 GUIDED SESSION IS CLOSED
The Academy is Currently open for At-Your-Own-Pace Learning Only
Current Guided Program, 10-Week “Hip Harp Toolkit” is currently in Session.
If you missed registration for the Guided Session,
you can join the Academy for Self-Paced Learning
or join the First-to-Know list by downloading my Freebies.
REGISTRATION ENDS MIDNIGHT JAN. 24