Next Level Sound, the new home of Mix Master Wyatt Online Next Level Music School
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Program Overview
Next Level Composition - Foundations Course

The Next Level Sound Composition Foundations Course provides you with a proven system to create the melodies, harmonies and structure to build memorable tracks. Starting with the music theory basics 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.

The 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
Program Contents

The Program is Divided Into 1 Courses


Composition Foundations
We go back to basics and put all the music theory foundations in place. It is great for beginners or a refresh for those with some music theory background. The lessons from Composition Foundations make it a lot easier to learn more advanced skills later in the course.
At the end of Composition Foundations you'll be able 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
Your Mentor
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.
Student Successes
John Dawes
Fort Collins, USA
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.
Matt Winter
Loved the class! I highly recommend this class to anyone looking to take their Composition to the next level. Kristin was amazing and very helpful!
Amsterdam, NL
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.
Your Study Options
Design Your Own Study Experience
The Next Level Composition Foundations course provides you with the perfect system to take your music composition to the next level. The course is flexible; designed to fit in with your schedule, allowing you to learn and develop at your own pace.
Program Features
  • Access to live lessons
  • 1 x 8 week term
  • All classes recorded
  • Immediate access to all lessons
  • Lifetime access to your course
  • Weekly live feedback and Q&A
  • Experienced producer community
  • Work on your track (any genre)
  • 3 months access to Graduates Club*
  • Access to additional Masterclasses**
Different Ways To Pay
One Off Payment
*Graduates Club
Graduates Club is an advanced group for those that have completed a Next Level course. This advanced group have access to their own private community including a special weekly Feedback and Q&A session and a weekly Test Kitchen, where we explore new DAW and Plugins changes/upgrades etc. In the Test Kitchen, we have no holds barred discussions around all the latest kit and make direct comparisons with existing tools.
**Additional Masterclasses
More than just Masterclasses, as a student at Next Level Sound, you will gain access to Masterclasses and ‘Impact Class’ courses that are only available to you and your fellow students. These could be from Sound Design to genre-specific mixing or even our extensive Mixing to Media and Picture programme. Being a student at Next Level Sound opens you up to so many more learning opportunities.