Welcome to a one-on-one interview with Grammy-nominated harpist Deborah Henson-Conant, the mastermind behind “Hip Harp Academy” – an online academy where harp enthusiasts come together to learn, inspire, and grow in their musical journey.

In this exclusive interview, Deborah opens up about her journey in creating the Hip Harp Academy, shedding light on its foundation, unique features, and her mission to support harpists of all levels.

Check out Deborah’s answer to the question: Why Did You Create Hip Harp Academy The Way You Did?

Watch the video above or read the transcript of the interview below.

Interview Question: Why Did You Create Hip Harp Academy The Way You Did?

Transcript of the video above


I wanted to build it so that there could be a group of people. People were learning from each other. People were safe and they were able to share and people could learn from that sharing. And that’s why I built it the way that I did.

One of the reasons that I built the Academy the way that I did was because of all the ways that I have learned, all the different communities that I’ve learned in, and being able to bring all the different ways of learning from those communities.

Like when I worked with my teacher, Tony, it was one -on -one. I got to have real physical contact. When I was in the new opera and musical theater initiative, I learned what it was like to learn in a group and to be able to give safe feedback.

And for the person who had shared something vulnerable to be able to control that feedback rather than people just throwing stuff at them. So all my experiences in learning, I brought them to HipHarp Academy.

And then what started happening is that students started asking for specific things like these snippets that I teach every week. And these specific things that people started asking for have become a real foundation of of the whole Academy, along with what I brought.

So it really has been this community experience of learning how to learn.



Deborah explains that she created the Hip Harp Academy in a way that focuses on nurturing a supportive and collaborative environment. By embracing the power of collective learning, the Academy allows individuals with varying levels of experience to come together and enrich their musical journeys. Whether you are a beginner seeking solid foundations or an advanced musician looking to expand your repertoire, the Academy offers a range of courses, workshops, and personalized learning experiences to cater to the diverse needs of harp enthusiasts.

In this inspiring interview, Deborah Henson-Conant shares the structure of how she designed Hip Harp Academy – to nurture and support harpists. To see, other interview videos of Deborah about the Hip Harp Academy, go to this YouTube video playlist.

By offering a community-driven and inclusive platform for harpists at every stage, the Hip Harp Academy continues to pave the way for musical growth, self-expression, and meaningful connections.

So, if you’re looking for more confidence, creativity support and gaining freedom from the notes on the page click the button below and join the Hip Harp Academy.

WAIT! There's more! On Mon-Fri. April 8th - 14th, Deborah will conduct a FREE 5-day challenge to help you get a glimpse on how the Academy works by sharing with you how to play her world-famous piece 'Baroque Flamenco' at your OWN level - like you were born with it in your hands.


I invite YOU to join this powerful, supportive, creative community.

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