HipHarpAcademy.com PresentsDeborah Henson-Conant’s 10-Week Online Creativity and Performance Program for Harpists and other Daring Creatives
“Strings of Passion”
Join this amazing group of talented musicians
who found THEIR Strings of Passion
“Strings of Passion” is a powerful 10-Week program of discovery to the heart of your creative resonance, your inner instrument – the you that you bring to everything you do. It’s about learning to hear yourself, feel yourself, remember yourself – and then SHARE yourself. That’s your creative expression.
This program gives you a structured system to develop your unique creative expression. It’s also about developing your personal creative practice – not practicING to get something ‘right’ – but a daily practice that develops a rich creative resonance in every area of your life – from your everyday conversations to how you express yourself artistically.
“Strings of Passion” is available as a single class or as part of your Hip Harp Academy Membership. Click here to learn more about Academy Membership or just read on to learn more about “Strings of Passion.
NEW in 2021: 2021 is even more powerful because this year’s focus is on Goal Setting and Repertoire Development – so that by the time the program ends you’ve learned to set your creative goals based on Vision and Values – and you’ve had practice, support and accountability in achieving those goals … so you can SEE it, HEAR it, FEEL it and EXPRESS it in the music you play.
I’ve shared the “Strings of Passion” creative resonance concepts around the world in concerts, talks, retreats – and now it’s available to YOU, online.
Discover YOUR Passion
Passion can be gentle and quiet – or bold and dramatic. It can be like showing off, like revealing your inner Diva – or like holding something sacred and secret. It can be a whisper or a shout of joy.
Passion is connecting with your deepest artistic impulses – whatever they are – and expressing them with body, mind and soul. If you’re a musician it means letting your passion resonate through your instrument – your physical instrument that other people experience – and the strings of your inner instrument – your strings of passion.
What people are saying about “Strings of Passion”
“I love the simplicity! Yet it’s very powerful and heartfelt” (S. W.)
“I love the idea of being physically involved in the music instead of the constraint that is taught in classical music.” (J.H.)
“I love the idea that experimenting with a simple practice and letting go of what it sounds like – it helps to develop fluidity with the fingers, traversing “mistakes”, and bring forth some amazing surprising results.
Note to self: open yourself to DISCOVERY” (P.D.)
“Stories unfolding, ideas, blocks being tumbled down like kiddie structures…It feels like waking up to my own artist’s soul after a very long sleep. The passion is the process!” [SJB]
“I am loving dipping into the Creativity Gym so far two days in a row! … it felt like an inkling of what it would be to play by resonating with the depths of my passion.” (C.R.)
“The soundscapes are really fun! … It is a relief to not feel responsible for lots of notes – but to listen for how one note resonates” (M.B.)
“I am only FIVE minutes into watching the String of Passion chat replay, and already I feel like crying, I feel moved, I feel inspired and a longing and a yearning... Deborah, you are such a connector, an inspirer, such a teacher. [B.T]
What are the 7 Strings of Passion?
In this 10-week program I’ll share the 7 strings of passion and how they resonate in your life and your music.
Like each octave of a harp, there are seven strings of passion, seven principles that take you from creative IMPULSE to creative EXPRESSION. No matter what you’re creating … no matter what your technical ability. These are the seven principles that bring creative expression alive and enrich your Creative Resonance.
Finding your passion is about connecting to these strings.
1. IMPULSE: You’ll reconnect with your first, your deepest, your most secret creative impulses – allowing you to step out of your “thinking” and “judging” and step into pure, unfiltered “play” (in every sense of the word!).
2. STRUCTURE: You’ll discover the simple, beautiful structures that create a path for your musical journey to follow.
3. CHARACTER: You’ll reveal the hidden richness of your inner world, and discover how to invite others into that world through enhancing every note you play with your unique character.
4. ROLES: You’ll discover that learning a ‘role’ helps you quickly find ways to play with other people (for anyone playing in an due, ensemble, or playing accompaniment – this is pure GOLD!). You’ll also learn the hidden power of “followship” (and guess what? “Followship” is the inner secret to great leadership!) – it’s what allows you to follow your passion.
5. PRACTICE: You’ll learn how to harness the power of both practicING – the art of ‘getting’ good at a specific technique — and practicES – the power of letting the music get to YOU!
6. DECONSTRUCTION: You’ll be trained in how to deconstruct music down to the essential core of what you’re expressing. Once you have that essence, you can expand it, change the form and express it in infinite ways with the skills and tools that are unique to YOU. This is how you can create a peak artistic expression at any technical level. It connects you with the power of the child or beginner.
7. LIFT-OFF: You’ll learn the power of being a conduit for your own creative flow. It’s the flow state, where you are BEING the music. You take yourself out of the way and let music come through you.
How does the Program Work?
Each week we explore these 7 strings and how they enhance each other within you and in your playing.
Each week you get a audio file that you will play along with – not to develop proficiency, but to develop your INNER CREATIVE PRACTICE. You’ll be playing – not to become better — but to reach deeper into your own passion. You’ll be sharing as a community – with the choice to share anonymously – so that the resonance of each member of the group can support the others.
Each week you’ll be writing, drawing and playing – and it will be completely irrelevant how ‘good’ you are at these things. You’ll let go of being good, and do these things for the creative connection they give you with yourself. You’ll learn to do these for yourSELF, not for others – not to reveal things to others, but to reveal you to yourself. And then I’ll show you how you can connect with others using these same techniques.
==> In the weekly video lessons I’ll take you through the individual strings and how they resonate together. You’ll get prompts and heart-play to practice in both your life and with your harp.
==> In the “Strings of Passion” workbook you download you’ll collect your creative discoveries.
==> The weekly Soundscape Audio files provide an enhancement for your practice. You’ll download them on MP3 or listen in the online classroom and play along with simple musical prompts that allow each person play completely differently.
==> The Strings of Passion playbook includes the pieces I’ve composed specifically for this program – pieces you can just listen to – or, if you’re a musicians, that you can play simply or expansively – playing from the inside out – and the outside in, as the strings of passion connect the inner and outer instruments. If you’re a harpist, these are pieces you’ll be able to add to your own repertoire as well as using them for your personal creative experience and for both concert and therapeutic playing you do for others.
==> In the closed “Hip Harp Academy” Facebook Group you can ask questions, share your musical discoveries and connect with the other members of the Core Level Academy.
==> In the weekly Q&A session with me you can ask anything – seriously … anything.
It’s about CONNECTION & EXPRESSION
“Strings of Passion” is about the connection between the instrument we engage with and the instruments we are – and how those two resonate and enrich each other.
It’s about the journey from creative impulse to creative expression.
It’s about human expression ~ and human connection, and the practice of making that connection through the 7 principles of the program and the instrument we play.
“I just have to tell you how very excited I am about having signed up! I think this will affect not only my harp playing, but every aspect of my life!
I have always been a darn perfectionist and always felt like this trait paralyzed and limited my personal (and spiritual!) expression. So, I can’t tell you how happy I am that you have created this course! I can’t wait to work with you more! ” Amelia Gerlach (N.C.)
Who is leading this program?
I’m Deborah Henson-Conant – and the 7 Strings of Passion are the concepts that guide my own creative expression in every facet of my life: as a composer, a performer, as a creativity coach and as a lifelong beginner.
Like my instrument, each time these inner strings are touched, I resonate.
And like my music practice, my inner practice enhances my performance as myself – and that enriches how I engage as a musician.
I’m proud to be a Grammy-nominated composer and performer, and to have created and performed my own workds throughout the world, including one-woman shows, concerts, concertos, chamber music and musicals.
I’ve been able to perform my own music with symphonies like the Boston Pops, Baltimore Symphony and countless other orchestras and chamber ensembles – and with spectacular musicians like Bobby McFerrin, Steve Vai and Mason Williams – as well as on stage alone with my harp or on tour with my band.
I’ve had the incredible opportunity to develop a completely new instrument – the DHC electric harp in collaboration with the world’s most innovative harp company, CAMAC (and yes, the “DHC” stands for me: Deborah Henson-Conant). You can hear the story of that journey of innovation from the TED stage in my TEDx talk “Reinventing Freedom with Electric Harp”
This is all possible because of the power of creative expression – and the knowledge of how to harness it, empower it and completely integrate it into my whole life.
If you do nothing else for yourself in 2021 , discover YOUR strings of passion – the ones that resonate within you … and let them ring through your life and your creative expression.
As Featured In:
“You provide the most inspiring, amazing space for students to break through the challenges, let go, and feel free. It is so fascinating how you explore the emotional and spiritual aspects of music together.
I love how you keep it real and think out of the box all at the same time, and I love both the fun and profound sides of what you express and explore.” Tess Nurman (France)
Feel the power of YOUR creative resonance –
right in your hands
Joining During Early-Bird?
Great! You’ll have time to take part in the weekly Live Masterclasses we hold every Monday, plus you can jump right into the “Strings of Passion” Creativity Gym when you can just put your harp in the key of C and play along with the soundscapes from Meditation to Blues.
If you choose a full year-long membership to “Hip Harp Academy” you’ll be able to jump into any of the Academy classes and explore to your heart’s content. Choose the way of joining that works for you below or use the “Ask a Question” form to get a question directly to me (and don’t worry – if you choose the single class option below, you’ll be able to upgrade to the full-academy any time if you change your mind).
Membership includes “Strings of Passion” PLUS
ALL ACADEMY CLASSES for a full year
(or see the 12-Pay Payment Plan option)
Sign up for the 10-Week Class
Class includes 24/7 access to online video training & “Creativity Gym,” audio & pdf downloads of the trainings for 6 months – PLUS all weekly LIVE Academy Masterclass-Chats & Office Hours for the duration of the class.
Your Investment: $797 $647
(plus the bonuses listed below – refresh your screen to see the current bonuses.)
Or see the 3-Pay Option in the Order Form
(or see the 12-Pay Payment Plan option)
Upgrading from another class? You can upgrade from a single class to full membership for a limited time after you register. To find out if you’re eligible and get the code, just use the Ask-a-Question form and let us know which class you so we see if you’re eligible (based on how long ago you signed up) get you the info you need to upgrade.
REGISTRATION CLOSES FEB. 2
JOIN NOW FOR THESE GREAT BONUSES!
When you register for “Strings of Passion” by Midnight Feb. 2, you not only get a $150 discount – you ALSO get these great BONUS classes & resources! Or join the full Academy and get a full year access to ALL Academy classes INCLUDING these bonuses.
BONUS #1: “Sing & Play Harp” Immersion Class ($139 Value)
This BONUS class gives you simple accompaniment patterns that you can use to accompany anything: your own singing, someone else’s, another instrument … or a story you’re telling. It gives you a way to immediately apply all the principles you learn in “Strings of Passion” PLUS developing new skills and repertoire.
BONUS #2: “Tell Your Story with Music” Immersion Class ($139 Value)
Imagine having a ‘signature’ piece that lets you create truly connect with people – something that is completely your own ? This class teaches you to combine a personal story with music you love, so that instead of trembling in the spotlight, hoping your playing is ‘good enough’, you learn to create a conversation between your instrument, the music, yourself and whoever you’re playing for that opens you up to creative expression instead of shutting you down in the harsh light of the fear of being judged!
SUPERBONUS #3: The Creativity Gym (Priceless!)
Imagine having a link online that lets you go and engage in focused creativity activities, specifically tailored to this class? That’s what the Creativity Gym is! It gives you the opportunity to engage in creative listening, seeing and playing literally at the click of a button.