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The Next Level Sound Online Music Composition Course provides you with a proven system to create the melodies, harmonies and structure to build memorable tracks. Starting with the music theory basics and going on a journey through composition and into orchestration, you will learn how chart topping tracks in any genre are created. Through working alongside your mentor, Award-Winning composer Kristin Hevner, our students have gone from struggling to finish tracks to consistently finishing tracks that have gone on to major labels. The best part is that you can do that, too.
The secret to consistently producing commercial quality tracks is to have the right toolkit that you can access at any point of the creative process. There is a systematic approach that you will learn at Next Level Sound which will become your secret recipe for success.
Kristin Hevner’s compositions have been performed internationally and throughout the United States at venues from Carnegie Hall to Lincoln Center, Crash Mansion to Birdland and span the musical genres of classical and contemporary opera, symphonic music, electronic dance music, hip-hop, rap and atonal rock.
Kristin’s opera, Il Sogno, a contemporary Italian-language opera based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, had its Italian premiere at the Teatro Communale Citta della Pieve in Umbria, Italy in 2004. Il Sogno had its NYC premiere in 2009 with Metropolis Opera Project and its regional professional company premiere with Opera Ithaca in 2015. The Metropolis Opera Project cast recording of Il Sogno was produced at NYC’s Clinton Recording Studio and the Opera Ithaca production was filmed for worldwide online release. Kristin’s additional operatic works include three works with librettist Royce Vavrek - The Wednesday Before Last (Musaic Concert Series, Crash Mansion; Metropolis Opera Project; Ithaca College Opera Workshop), Unsaid in a Field of Wildflowers (Opera Shorts, Carnegie Hall; Metropolis Opera Project; Ithaca New Music Collective; Ithaca College Opera Workshop) and Bully Pulpit (Metropolis Opera Project; Opera Ithaca), as well as One Hot Kitchen with librettist/playwright David Caudle (Metropolis Opera Project; Ithaca College Opera Workshop) and Epilogue (Metropolis Opera Project; Ithaca College Opera Workshop). Kristin’s commercial, film and tv work includes national commercials for GEICO and several indie films. A classically-trained pianist, Kristin composed and played musical accompaniment tracks for Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra’s Miraculous Relationships: 21 Day Meditation Challenge, available on CD and streaming on demand from the Chopra Center.
Originally from Philadelphia, Kristin holds degrees from The Esther Boyer School of Music at Temple University, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and the School for Audio Engineering (SAE), NYC. As a steward of the performing arts and a stalwart contributor to the NYC contemporary music scene, Kristin serves as a Founding Director and the Resident Composer of Metropolis Opera Project, and has previously served on the board of directors for The Look and Listen Festival, an annual event dedicated to the performance of contemporary music in art galleries.
Week 1: Scales and Modes
Week 2: Intervals and Melodic Consonant/Disonant
Week 3:Triads and Inversions
Week 4: Seventh and Ninth Chords
"I loved that I learned more about certain aspects of composition than in the 4 years of schooling I paid a lot of money for. While a lot of the course was a review, Kristin had experience in the real world writing music as opposed to my professors in the Academic world mostly teaching theory and sharing very little experience."
"Loved the music composition course! I highly recommend this class to anyone looking to take their Composition to the next level. Kristin was amazing and very helpful!"
"I'm a self taught musician, and although I thought that I had a good idea of theory, I pretty much knew only the basics. This course threw me in the deep end, but Kristin was there all the way to prevent me from drowning and my knowledge of theory has improved considerably."
All courses are available as LIVE trainings or Self-Study Video on-demand courses. The content is exactly the same.
LIVE training session are 50 minutes.
Yes. All Core Course students (both LIVE training participants and Self-Study Students may attend a weekly LIVE feedback for works in progress and Q and A sessions at all of the Departments Live Open Office Hours .
All Trainings are recorded and posted daily to the private online classroom for review. Usually within 24 hours.
You have Instant Lifetime Access as soon as you sign up!
No. We have a strict no refund policy. That being said we will try to work with you creatively to make you happy if possible if the course was not a good fit for you.
Yes. The Complete Producer Bundle is designed as a complete and integrated producer education. However the course may be taken individually and separately.
Yes you can! And many of our students tune into class from bus stops, trains, cars, and airplanes! It's cool!
No. All Videos are streamed, not available for download.
Yes. LIVE training classes are limited to 20 students
Yes. Practice sessions are available for download in a wide variety of genres, both electronic, organic and hybrid.
No, This system works for any genre of music. Our Mixing and Mastering courses we teach workflow, principles and advanced techniques of Mixing and Mastering that are applicable to any genre. Most of our students are EDM producers (some of them have reached top positions in Beatport charts), and music for film, ads and video game producers.
All the techniques shown during the course can be applied to any plugin-lines including stock DAW-plugins. All the examples are shown based on FabFilter, iZotope, SoundToys, UAD, Slate Digital, Plugin Alliance plugins. You can replace those plugins with alternatives of other developers/DAW stock plugins.
Most of the techniques shown on the course are applicable to any modern DAW that can host VST/AU/AAX plugins: Logic, Cubase, Ableton Live, Studio One, ProTools, FL Studio, Reaper etc.
Most of our students use their own tracks but if you don’t have materials we provide stems for Mixing and Mastering. We provide track stem in variety of different genres. Last two weeks of each Mixing/Mastering course is dedicated to mixing/mastering practice and shootouts: each student receives same stems and mix the track during two weeks, providing 1.0 mix version on first week class where we listen all the tracks and give feedback. On the second week students are submitting 2.0 mix that we listen during the class and give the feedback. Listening how different people mixed same track is highly beneficial for developing your mixing/mastering and ear training skills.
Yes. Absolutely. Many of our students work on headphones with no problems.
Yes. We will provide you with proof of participation that will give you access to 50% off Fabfilter, Soundtoys, Izotope, and others. (list)
Yes. You will receive a certification of graduate from each course you complete.
Yes. But that of course depends on your schedule. Many people have successfully taken 2 coures simultaneously with great results.