Hip Harp Academy

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Are you ready to play with FREEDOM?

This is where it starts.

Join these harpists around the world to find YOUR freedom.

Hip Harp Academy is where harp players around the world learn the skills and tools to free themselves from the notes on the page – with an Award-winning coach and an impassioned and supportive community of harpists around the world.

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!

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“Hip Harp Academy” is all about learning fundamental skills of creativity to support the talents you already have and give you the tools, templates, blueprints and practices to turn that into music that frees you from the page.

In your first year you’ll learn the fundamentals of basic improv and arrangement like how to use melodies and chord symbols to develop ‘fencepost improvising’ and how to use standard jazz and arrangement forms. You’ll also develop your performance skills in “Strings of Passion” and your basic Jazz skills in classes like “Hands on Harmony” and “Inside Jazz tunes.”

Each year in the Academy you go deeper, building more repertoire and more skills. 

Each year is broken roughly into 3 trimesters. In the first 3rd of the year we focus on performance skills and repertoire-building. From mid-may to early September we focus on Blues and Jazz … and repertoire building. From late September to December we focus on arrangement skills … and repertoire-building.


Invest in Your Creative Freedom

A Full YEAR of Academy Classes & Community

Take as much or as little as you want to take your creative expression to the next level

Including All Classes above plus Guided Curriculum:


  • Baroque Flamenco Beyond the Page
  • Hands on Harmony


  • Jazz for Harps
  • Blues: Harp-Style
  • Summer Harp Jam


  • Lead Sheet Bootcamp
  • Hip Harp Toolkit


  • Holiday Lead Sheet Bootcamp
  • Strings of Passion
  • Blueprints for Creativity

TOTAL VALUE of all classes if purchased separately: $5,750.

But when you register for the Academy you get access to ALL for $1295 $997

Academy membership is scheduled to increase June 15, 2021. Join now to lock in your price. 

$597 $497 During Early-Bird

$1295 $997 (credit card or PayPal)

3 Payments of $215 $179 During Early-Bird
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3 Payments of $215 $179 During Early-Bird
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12 Payments of $122.13 $93.88

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Join NOW and Lock in your Price

When you join now your price is locked in for as long as you maintain membership, even when the Academy membership price goes up.

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.

For Upgrades & Renewals (click to open)


Use the forms below to register, as the standard registration form doesn’t have a field for upgrade codes. If you don’t have an upgrade code, use the Ask-a-Question form to let us know which class you’re upgrading from and we’ll send you the code.  Once you have the code:

  1. To Upgrade from: “Hands-On Harmony”, “Sing & Play Harp” or “One Song: The Nightingale”, use this order form to upgrade.
  2. To Upgrade from all larger classes: use this order form to upgrade.

If you’re not sure which form to use, or just don’t want to accidentally use the wrong one? Just use the ‘Ask-a-Question” form to let us know and we’ll send you a link to the right form.   I look forward to spending the next year with you!!


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, use the “Ask a Question” form to let us know and ask us to send it to you.

Whatever you do, don’t die with all your music INSIDE you

You need guidance, tools, support and community so you can share YOUR music. That’s how it comes alive.

Here’s What You Get in the Academy


World-Class Training

  • 16 + classes in arrangement, improv, performance and mindset to help you build skills, confidence and repertoire.
  • Yearly schedule of guided classes with assignments, projects and feedback to give you accountability
  • Weekly live masterclasses where you get to ask the questions YOU have 
  • Replays of all masterclasses and webinars 
  • 24/7 access to online learning site
  • Downloadable audio & PDFs to build your personal training library

Powerful, Supportive Learning Community

  • With a commitment to connection, not perfection, the Academy Membership of harpists from around the world, are committed to support each other in breaking away from the notes on the page
  • Support and camaraderie in learning the skills, tools, mindset and confidence to express yourSELF with your music.
  • Members range from dedicated, impassioned amateurs to professionals, all dedicated to eradicating perfectionism and truly expressing yourSELF with your music.
A Master-Teacher, coach & mentor 

Deborah Henson-Conant is an iconic innovator in the harp world, an award-winning, Grammy-Nominated, international touring artist who is dedicated to passing on the power and freedom on her creative experience to harpists worldwide .

This is a rare opportunity to work with a master in your field in directed study and with personal feedback. Through the assignments and projects you get DHC direct feedback on how to implement, where to go next, how to simplify or embellish – and most importantly – the one thing you can rarely see yourself: what you’re already doing right, and where you’re already shining through.

What if this is the beginning of the greatest creative adventure of your lifetime?

—Deborah Henson-Conant

dhcI’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 and empowering passionate, dedicated humans who play the harp – from amateurs to professionals.

Originally I did that by creating new concert works, concertos and chamber music for the harp – and then collaborating with CAMAC Harps to create the “DHC” electric harp (yes – the “DHC” harp stands for Deborah Henson-Conant).

The harp has brought incredible opportunities to my life.  My journey away from the classical harp started with learning jazz, being signed to the GRP Jazz Label, and then getting to play all around the world, touring in Germany and France, playing solo shows at the Kennedy Center, and Chicago Humanities Festival; playing with Bobby McFerrin  at Symphony Hall in Boston, opening for Ray Charles at Tanglewood, touring with guitar legend Steve Vai, developing a TED talk and playing my own original symphonic works with orchestras like the Baltimore Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony and Boston Pops.

In 2016 I created “Hip Harp Academy” to share my creative process with harpists around the world, and as the Academy shifts into its 5th year, I’m so proud of the thousands of students I’ve met and taught –  and especially the dedicated members of the year-long Academy program and the “Harness Your Muse” mentorship program.

Learn more about me and my experience HERE at my Artist Website – and check out my 2018 TEDx talk here at TEDxDHC.com

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How long is the Hip Harp Academy?
You are signing up for a 12 month commitment when you sign up with the Hip Harp Academy. That means that you can take any or ALL of the courses in Hip Harp Academy, either at your own pace or in the guided interactive versions I’ll be leading — or BOTH — at any time, or as many times as you want for the whole year!  If you renew your membership at the end of that year, then you’ll get another whole year of access.

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??
Even people who consider themselves completely non-tech-savvy have said they’re able to access and enjoy the course. Some people even say that one of the big benefits of the course is getting more comfortable with online tech formats!

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.

  1. Video: Streaming Video
  2. Audio: Downloadable Audio versions of the videos
  3. OnScreen Content: On-Screen Text & Images
  4. 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?
I encourage everyone to do the homework or as I like to call it “FUNWORK”, because each homework assignment guides you step by step through the courses. Almost all the homework includes creating a short video. All the videos are short – no more than 90 seconds. For the lucky 25 who have VIP access, I will provide personal feedback on your homework (that will include 18 personalized feedback videos plus feedback on your final projects)
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?
Yes and no.  We’re currently moving all the courses from the old classrooms into the Academy.  Realistically, moving everything may take us ‘til the end of the year BUT people who need access to a particular course because of material they’re currently preparing can get immediate access to any of the older classrooms where they can immediately go through it all at their own pace.
What Courses are actually included in the Academy?
Hip Harp Academy includes access to all these online courses plus live chats and webinars:

  • 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?
The courses are available all the time for people who want to go at their own pace, and they’re available as long as you remain a member of the Academy – so once you purchase your membership, they’re available for a whole year.  If you renew your membership in October 2017 they’ll be available for another year.

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

  1. 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)
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
YES!!  You can sign up for my FREE “HaRpy Birthday” mini-training (https://pr205.isrefer.com/go/HBF/DHC/) and you’ll get right into the FREE level of the Academy where you’ll see how it’s all 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 answer is: Yes and Yes!

  • 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.
The regular yearly membership is $997. If you have a discount code, it reduces that price.  More importantly, once you use a discount code, that price is grandfathered in – and your price will remain the same for as long as you keep renewing your membership in consecutive years.
If I join the Academy with a discount, can I rejoin in following years at the same discounted price?
Yes – once you purchase, your price is ‘grandfathered in’ (it will remain the same) as long as you remain in the academy in consecutive years.  So if you keep renewing each year, you keep the same price (that’s why I’m really encouraging everyone to jump in now!). That goes for both “Full” and “VIP” — but not for other programs like “Harness Your Muse” or “Jazz Masterclasses.”
Can I apply a discount to upgrades in following years?
FULL QUESTION: If I use a discount to purchase the FULL Academy, can I apply it to an upgrade (like VIP or JAZZ or HARNESS YOUR MUSE) in following years? Or is it only to be used for the same level as FULL again?

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?
YES – right now there is.  That may go away at some point, but right now we have a 12-month payment plan which gives you the option to spread out your payments throughout the year.  Remember that you’ll save money if you pay in full because there’s a small finance charge on payment plan – but when you use your discount, that finance charge goes down by the same discounted amount, too.
Can I get a Refund?
We operate a strict no-refund policy.  Join the community, take action, invest your heart and soul in our own creative expression and you’ll never want to leave, let alone a refund… trust me!
Next Question
The next question might be the one you have!  So if I the answer to your question isn’t listed above, send it via my “Ask a Question” form and I’ll try to answer as soon as I can!

No child should EVER go through years and years of music lessons and end up like so many of us … unable to really play anything without the music in front of us.

Classical training , as you know. Is rife with snobbery, arrogance, judgement, competition.  All left-brained training. Right out of our hearts and our inner muse.

You are the way-shower for anyone who actually wants to know music and make music. You are freeing humanity to tune into the music that we were born to express

Dr. Christiane Northrup

“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 (USA)

“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)

“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)

Are you ready to play with FREEDOM?
This is where it all starts

Join these harpists in finding your freedom. Hip Harp Academy is where harp players around the world learn the skills and tools to free themselves from the notes on the page – with an Award-winning coach and an impassioned and supportive community.


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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.

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