THE BRIGHT KNOWLEDGE SYSTEM
From stuck to soaring: finally, the 5-Step System for thriving harp practice & heart-centered performing
Do any of these ring a bell to you?
- Practice feels overwhelming.
You have no idea how to organize your practice, or even where to start. Practice doesn’t pay off – it’s exhausting, uninspiring, slow. You suspect there’s a better way, but can’t figure out how. Productive, joyful practice would be a dream come true, making a world of difference in your life
- The very sight of your harp makes you feel guilty.
You invested a lot in your harp (maybe harps!) You loved it so much once. It took a lot of effort to find your beloved harp and get started. Now the dream feels like failure. You’d love the satisfaction of regular playing, but just can’t bring yourself to do it. Days, weeks, even months slip by. Replacing that crushing guilt with joy and action would be a huge relief to you, body and soul.
- You never have enough time/space/energy to create the way your heart calls
Everything else seems to take over. You’re resentful of the things that interfere with your harping, casting a pall on your week and relationships.
- You’ve been taking lessons for years but still can’t make it through a song
You’d love to play a beautiful piece for yourself, your family and friends, yet you always sadly decline enthusiastic requests for a song. You feel you’re letting yourself down, despite your best intentions.
- You’re a jaded professional harpist
Your harp represents a cash register these days (ouch!) You’ve lost touch with your grand passion. Harp life feels like a hassle: gig to gig, concert to concert, no meaning. Creativity has taken a back seat, learning new songs is a chore, your repertoire is old hat to you. Secretly you hope the flame can return, but you’re worried it’s dead forever. Perhaps you’ve even been secretly eyeing medical school (you’re not alone!)
- Your harp teaching has stagnated
Teaching has become a bore. Your students aren’t practicing or making progress the way you hope. Your teaching approach feels scattered and draining. You long for a more effective teaching method, but you haven’t found one yet that reflects your deepest values.
- Your heart connection to the harp has faded
Once the harp was your trusted companion. When exactly the magic faded, you don’t remember, but now it’s a distant memory. Will that sparkle ever return? Your heart leaps at the thought of the passion reigniting, but you’re afraid it’s gone.
- Perhaps most heartbreaking, you secretly fear you aren’t enough [talented/smart/ trained/insert-personal-pet-fear (we all have one!)]
Are you cut out for harp in the first place?
“Thanks to Bright Knowledge System, my practice attitude and approach is improving by leaps and bounds!”
“This is exactly what I needed to get me back on track.
“I now have a direction, and my frustration level has dropped so that I actually practice. I am very grateful.”
No matter how many of the above scary obstacles are true for you right now, ALL of them can be left behind forever!
All of them.
How do I know this?
These obstacles may seem different, but they’re actually deeply connected. They stem from the same root problem.
I’ve taught music for 24+ years to many hundreds of students worldwide, across multiple genres, levels, and ages.
Here's what I've found… the problem usually boils down to just ONE missing thing.
This may sound ridiculously simple, and for a long time I didn’t believe it 100% myself.
What’s that one missing thing?
Working and playing in the music world for decades, to my growing dismay I realized that most harpists don't follow any kind of system.
Instead, they flounder around, wrestling piles of books and materials, going in a hundred directions. This is unthinkable in most other learning fields. Sadly, it’s a recipe for zero progress.
Imagine going to school with
- no clear path to success,
- no goals to aim for,
- no community,
- no knowledge of what works and what doesn’t!
Would it be possible to gain any momentum, or even know what step to take in the next 5 minutes?
I know many harpists care deeply about their art. It hurts them to be stuck like this.
Many harpists bravely attempt to reinvent the wheel – draining their precious time, energy, and money, amassing trainings, books, workshops, handouts and analysis paralysis along the way – when in fact a simple solution exists.
Gaining a Master’s Degree in classical Piano Performance, a PhD in Music Theory (World Harp Techniques), plus performing worldwide with musicians from dozens of backgrounds gave me unique 1st-hand experience with many learning and teaching systems. What I learned is: SYSTEMS REDUCE COMPLEXITY TO SIMPLICITY
I resisted sharing this discovery publicly for a long time. Would it turn people off to learning harp? Are systems a bore and inspiration-killer?? No and nope!
No system = derailment of your dreams, dimming your motivation and crushing your results. Hard to imagine anything more ultra-boring and inspiration-killing, really.
I knew it was finally time to share.
The bright knowledge system
The Bright Knowledge System was built by harpists, for harpists, from the ground up.
When I committed to using BKS with my students 100%, I was astounded at the results:
- Blasting through goals years early
“When I first started Bright Knowledge System, I wrote down my harp dreams. I remember not really believing that I could get there. Wow, now I'm doing them and I'm loving it!
- Mind-bending breakthroughs on a regular basis, especially in super-tough areas like performance anxiety and memorization
“I cannot believe the difference BKS has made. It has taken something that just felt so negative, energy-sapping and overwhelming and turned it into something that feels so much more positive and invigorating. I have suffered for so long with crippling stage fright but I really feel like this shift has helped me start a new chapter."
“."I used to get so frustrated and struggled with whole pieces for so long, but now I can read through a piece easily."
“I am able to memorize more quickly!"
“Being able to memorize has given me new confidence and possibilities to consider."
- Playing with grace, ease and joy
"New breakthrough this morning! I have been working on a piece for over a year, never liking what I heard, until this morning. FINALLY I got the intro to sound perfect. Onward to the rest of the piece!"
- Enjoying massive practice progress + finally feeling like a “real” harpist
BKS has brought me to focus on what it is I really want from my harping. I am, for the first time, learning how to actually practice instead of flailing and feeling like I was not progressing. It has also gotten me past the "fraud feelings" and I now tell people that I am a harpist, not "just a harp student". And, it doesn't make me panic to think that someone may actually hear me play!
- Feeling more connected to their harps than ever
Aligning with my harp following BKS is affecting every aspect of my life. I have my true love of my harp back, and my true love of me with my harp. My friends say I am more alive, confident. Oh my!!
- Looking forward to your practice and doing it!
I have had great results with BKS, not just with my harping, but in my life in general. It's been a subtle (and not so subtle) improvement in the quality of my daily life. I actually look forward to "practicing" or playing in general. It also feels so much more rewarding and peaceful!
North Carolina, USA
- Leaving behind of old habits, stories and fears that have been holding you back
Paying attention to my energy made me realize I was in a non-sensical loop of "saving my practice until later,” thinking that by doing so I was proactively removing distractions and preventing anxiety. But what I was ACTUALLY doing was blowing all my best energy on tasks that aren't really that important or intellectually demanding. This has been a breakthrough for me!
- Even dreaming bigger!
I staggered around in the dark, not just for a few months or years, but for decades. Thanks to BKS now I have a bouquet of visions, goals, ideas, stories, suggestions, inspirations, practice plans, tips and solid harp technique. I had harp teachers who were great harpists, yet there was not a holistic, free-flowing, inspiring system that delved into and touched my Harp Heart. BKS truly cast a spell that once again awakened my beginner’s innocent divine dreams of harp playing.
- And the beauty is, doing all this while also saving time and energy
What will I learn at bkhc?
“I have become much more focused in everything harp related. I am much more organized and goal-oriented during practice times. I am more intentional about which harp playing opportunities I accept. I have a clearer concept of where I want to go with the harp. I have undergone a mental shift so that the harp is central and important in my life and worthy of receiving the best of my time and efforts, as opposed to letting the urgent things in life (rather than the important) take over.”
The Bright Knowledge System (BKS) is taught through the Bright Knowledge Harp Circle membership program (BKHC):
BKHC is an online harp learning system and community
This streamlined system works seamlessly:
- with your current teacher
- if you’re self-taught
- even if you’re a professional full-time harpist
Learn on your own schedule, wherever you are in the world – no more travel or scheduling hassles
I learn something new every day. I love hearing from you all...love the perspectives, the shares, the joys, and the challenges! Together we celebrate it all and each other!
BKS is an evergreen system that supports your lifelong learning and mastery
BKHC’s private, confidential community led by Dr. Diana Rowan is your learning laboratory, sanctuary, and biggest fan club. We have a dedicated Community Manager to make sure you’re getting the most from BKHC. BKHC’s community is exceptionally action-focused and lively - get access to powerful insider knowledge.
Staying on course" used to mean drudgery, very little reward and quite a bit of anxiety and self-doubt. I used to dread making a "mistake" at my harp. With BKS, I have permission to explore, experiment and decide for myself what kinds of music I love and want to play. BKS also offers special fellowship with like-minded harpists, bringing encouragement, inspiration, and solidarity. BKS has made a world of difference, and is a priceless gift to me as I travel my harp journey.
Q: “Can you give more detail on how BKHC is delivered?”
A: Yes, let’s get down to details!
- BKHC focuses on 1 monthly theme (1 of the 5 Success Path Steps + 1 of the 5 Essential Elements of masterful practice.) We laser-focus because then you’ll master BKS confidently and forever, and you won’t be left behind.
- Trainings arrive weekly in 3 formats: video/audio/PDF. We offer 3 formats to suit your individual learning styles. Multiple formats let you use all your various devices and even print out materials, plus learn on the go – seriously, we’ve got you covered!
- Trainings are 15-30 minutes. Long, rambling trainings = disrespecting your time. Instead, we go short & sweet. You’ll also have time to integrate, without falling behind and getting stressed. We’re all about ease at BKHC!
- Monthly Live Q&A session with Dr. Diana Rowan and the BKHC community, laser-focused on the monthly Step and Essential Element. Q&As are mid-month: share your successes and struggles to stay on track. We run a very tight ship during the Live Q&As: these sessions are massively effective.
- Secret Facebook Group (not findable under any search) with your fellow BKHC harpists, moderated by professional Community Manager and pro harpist Jillian LaDage plus Dr. Diana. Keeps you engaged, inspired and accountable every step of the way – this in itself is hugely valuable.
BKS is an inspirational, focused and practical system that seeks to support harpists at whatever level, as well as through building community.
BKS is a learning system like no other; combining all the elements of what makes harp playing magical, fun, and exciting! I don't feel like that statement did it justice, since it's actually been life-changing for me!
North Carolina, USA
Who is BKHC for?
BKHC is for harpists of all levels and genres who want to:
- Learn a simple, powerful, proven system for real progress, inspiration and support
- Without spending tons of extra time and money
Who is BKHC not for?
BKHC is not for brand-new harpists who don’t have a 1-1 teacher yet. BKHC requires you have some harp background. If you have zero harp experience, we recommend you start with a 1-1 teacher in addition to BKHC. You’ll be sitting pretty with this ideal combo!
100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE
The BKS system has proven to work dramatically for harpists from all walks of life, playing all sorts of harps, at many levels, all over the world. This is because BKS’s core principles are based on real-world research and experience by professional harpists, teachers and students. BKS is about working smarter, not harder, a huge reason it works so well.
I’ve seen harpists stagnate for literally decades, only to turn things around rapidly using BKS. Since we know there’s a solution, I can’t bear to see any more harpists suffering in a world of infinite harp choice but no artistic satisfaction!
For all these reasons and more, we pledge you a 60-day, 100% money-back guarantee. If you don’t see results after 2 months of following BKS, completing all assignments, and attending/listening to the Q&A sessions, we’ll promptly issue you a full refund.
BKHC must work for you, otherwise we won’t accept your money!
We look forward to walking this path with you, and to lighting up your harp world!
All the best, dear harpist,
Dr. Diana Rowan
Bright Knowledge Academy
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
“Will this take a lot of time out of my already busy week?”
Nope! BKHC is an ultra-streamlined program, created and used by real-world harpists. We spent a lot of time editing BKS down to core essentials so you get maximum effectiveness. We know a clunky system isn’t sustainable or fun. BKHC cuts through the noise and ONLY delivers what gets you big results. We follow the 80/20 rule (which we’ll teach you, if you don’t know it already!)
"What kind of time commitment is BKHC per month exactly?"
Each weekly delivery is 15-30 minutes, with one week being a Q&A session of approximately 1 hour. You’ll apply what you learn straight into your practice, so there’s a lot of overlap between BKHC material and your usual practicing. Count on 3 hours/month of actively working through the deliveries and Q&A session (taking notes, etc.) plus engaging with the BKHC community. Keep in mind that BKS will have you practicing more efficiently and getting better results, which are huge time savers. On the other hand, with BKS you’ll be more motivated to practice, so consider that a wonderful possible hazard!
“How should I fit BKHC into my schedule?”
Since BKHC is 100% online, it fits easily and flexibly into your schedule. The only time-sensitive activity is the live Q&A, and even then you can submit questions beforehand and listen to the recording after. Weekly deliveries are a short 15-30 minutes of highly effective material - easy to work through even if you only have time to grab a few minutes here and there throughout the week. And if you get behind, don’t worry, the materials will still be available for you to catch up on later.
“How long does BKHC last?”
BKHC is an ongoing, monthly program. The entire BKS learning cycle is 6 months (although every month in itself is highly effective), after which you may spiral through the cycle again in advanced mode. Members may leave at any time and may rejoin during the two registration periods in January and July. [Reminder: Returning members rejoin at the newer, higher rate. Ongoing members have their fee locked in at the low rate they joined at.]
“Is BKHC completely online or do I attend in-person events as well?”
BKHC is 100% online. We may have the opportunity for a live retreat down the line, and meet-ups are encouraged so members can hang out face to face. The heart of BKHC will always be online, as our goal is to get this powerful system to you as fast, efficiently and flexibly as possible.
“I’m a harp teacher – will BKHC be valuable to me?”
Definitely! BKHC uses evergreen principles that hold true for life. Many harp teachers find themselves losing track of their personal dreams and goals because they’re pulled in too many directions. BKHC returns you to your true purpose and sets you on a proven path of growth as a teacher and harpist. You can apply BKS in your studio so that your students will make even more progress, making lessons more fun for everyone!
“I already have a harp teacher – does BKHC replace my teacher?”
No! BKHC is designed to support your teacher-student relationship, providing clarity and direction to your work together. The 5 Elements and the 5 Steps are consistent with any style/level of playing, so there is no conflict with what you’re working on with your teacher. BKHC does not offer 1-1 teaching. At BKHC, we’re strong advocates of your finding a 1-1 harp teacher to complement the work we do here.
“I’m a total beginner at the harp – is BKHC too advanced for me?”
Not at all! BKHC uses evergreen principles that work for all levels and styles. In fact, the earlier you start using this system, the quicker your results will be.
“I’m already a professional harpist – will BKHC provide anything more than what I already know?”
In our experience, professional harpists consistently suffer from a couple of problems: burnout and stress. BKHC delivers the tools to get you back into your passion and purpose fast, reigniting your inspiration and streamlining your musical life. Bottom line, as professional harpists we often end up getting buffeted around by external demands (gigs, recording, taking care of business matters, etc.) BKHC reorients you back to your personal artistic path.
“How is BKHC different from Virtual Harp Summit? I understand they’re both Bright Knowledge Academy programs…”
Virtual Harp Summit is a massive wave of inspiration and information. VHS brings you fascinating harpists from all over the globe, sharing their insights on one theme per summit. VHS runs for 1 week, 2X year, and is designed to open the harp world to all the possibilities we have artistically.
BKHC, in contrast, is a highly focused system for getting specific personal results for harpists. BKHC provides a clear, evergreen system for achieving noticeable progress with your harp playing and personal harp dreams. BKHC offers you ongoing support and feedback, and runs 24/7.
In summary, VHS is inspiration and information. BKHC teaches how to apply this inspiration and information and make them heard and seen in our harp playing. If VHS is a rainbow, BKHC is a laser beam!