Next Level Sound Composition Department

Complete Program

Do you need to create melodies, chords and basslines? I will show you how.

view pricing options

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.

More about Kristin

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.

THIS PROGRAM IS FOR YOU IF YOU:

 

  • Get stuck turning an 8 bar loop into a full track

  • You don’t understand when and why certain notes work with each other

  • You struggle to ‘ear’ what other artists are doing to create the magic

  • You currently have ‘A’ and ‘B’ sections but nothing to join them

  • You want to remix other people’s tracks and don’t know music theory

  • You need more creativity in your song writing

The Program is Divided Into 3 Courses

DETAILED PROGRAM INFORMATION

Course Outlines, Dates, Days, and Times

Hi, Thanks for Checking out the Details!

 

My 3-Course Composition Program starts with Composition Foundations.

This is a perfect course for those how don’t have much music theory or for students who want to brush up on their music theory and fill in any holes in their knowledge.

This course establishes a basic groundwork upon which the rest of the program is constructed — which makes it the logical place to start.

- Kristin

 

In this Course you will learn how to:

 

  • How to detect and use Key Signatures
  • What the Intervals Maj/min of a scale are
  • How to use Chords, Triads and Inversions
  • How to detect intervals and chords
  • How Western scales and modes work
  • Why Consonance and Dissonance are important
  • The extra Chord options (Seventh and Ninths)
  • How to deconstruct your favourite tracks

 

Course Outline

 

Week 1:  Scales and Modes

Week 2:  Intervals and Melodic Consonant/Dissonant

Week 3:  Triads and Inversions

Week 4:  Seventh and Ninth Chords

Live Trainings:  Currently there are no live trainings scheduled

Office Hours:  Tuesdays 2 pm - 2:50 pm.

Next Level Composition is for intermediate and advanced producers and musicians who want to learn new approaches to composition.

I have developed the course from my years of both academic study and real-world composition for theater, opera, television and film.

In this Course we take an in-depth journey into melody creation, chord voicing and motion.

This course is designed to educate but also to inspire.

- Kristin

 

In this course you will learn how to:

 

 

  • Use the Circle of fifths and Camelot wheel
  • Create a more diverse track that heightens the storyline by accentuation major and minor to intensify the mood
  • Use the hierarchy of scale (tonic, dominant, leading tone etc.)
  • Bring tension and release as you need them
  • Write stronger melodies and chord progressions
  • Use Counterpoint, and other ‘tricks’ for when you get stuck
  • Use concepts that will give illusion of your track getting bigger or smaller
  • Know when and how to add instruments to build your mix
  • Create stronger drops
  • Write a relatable chord progression to your pre-existing melody
  • Write a relatable melody to your chord progression
  • Write a bassline from your melody or chord progression.

 

 

Course Outline

 

Week 1:  Introduction and Orientation

Week 2:  Melodies and Basslines

Week 3:  Non chordal Tones

Week 4:  Motion and Form

Week 5:  Writing Strong Melodies

Week 6:   Deconstructing Commercial Tracks

Week 7:  Sections and Bridges

Week 8:   Student Projects and Big Review

 

Live Trainings:  Currently there are no live trainings scheduled

Office Hours:  Tuesdays 2 pm - 2:50 pm.

Next Level Orchestration is actually a serious passion point for me.

In this course……

- Kristin

In this Course you will learn how to

  • Apply different voicing to your chords
  • Write for multiple vocal parts
  • Know which timbres complement or distract from each other
  • Dissect themes and trace them through your composition
  • Create tracks at a far more professional level
  • Develop your ideas into full pieces faster and without the blocks

 

Course Outline

 

Week 1:  Orchestration Mindset

Week 2:  How Orchestration Creates a Room

Week 3:  Keeping Chord Progressions Fresh

Week 4:  Voicing and Doubling

Week 5:  Mixing Natural and Electronic Sounds

Week 6:  Techniques for Strings

Week 7:  Using Register and Range to Tell a Story

Week 8:  Student Projects and Big Review

 

Live Trainings:  Currently there are no live trainings scheduled

Office Hours:  Tuesdays 2 pm - 2:50 pm.

"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."

JOHN DAWES
FORT COLLINS, USA

"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!"

MATT WINTER
NYC, USA

"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."

STEFAN
AMSTERDAM, NL

Design Your Own Study Experience

YOUR STUDY OPTIONS

One Off Payment

$970.00

ENROLL

12 Monthly Payments

$87.00

per month for 12 months

ENROLL

Not quite ready to start the program?

We offer the first module as a standalone module if you are not quite ready to take the whole journey. Composition Foundations is a great way to see the start of our composition system. We go back to basics and cover off the key music theory elements that will improve your ability to write better tracks.

Frequently Asked Questions

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!

You get Lifetime Access to Over 200 hours of up-to-date video content available instantly upon purchase.

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.

GET THE SYSTEM!

SIGN ME UP!
Close

50% Complete

Two Step

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.