The Art of Active Listening

Discover the Melody and Hook Patterns Shaping Today's Hits

Saturdays June 11 & 18 | A Two-Part Live Online Masterclass

Join us for this one-of-a-kind, hands-on, interactive workshop, where we pull back the curtain on the science and patterns behind today’s hit melodies and hooks and the delivery techniques that bring them to life!

One of the most important skills for a songwriter and producer to have is the ability to actively listen to a piece of music and hear exactly what is going on in the arrangement.  Yet anyone who has ever practiced this skill knows how tricky it can be to focus your ears and pinpoint specific elements in the mix.

That’s why we have created this unique masterclass to help you fine tune your ears and learn how to quickly pick out exactly what is going on in a song so that you can make more informed decisions in your own arrangements.

Over two sessions, you will learn how to identify elements in an arrangement, discern which instruments are playing which roles in the mix, hear the production techniques being used, and apply it all to your own original music.

Your masterclass registration includes:
  • The live masterclass with plenty of time for your questions
  • The masterclass presentation deck
  • Access to HSD-Connect, the Hit Songs Deconstructed private, invitation-only community and network, where you can connect with past and present masterclass participants.
  • The video of the masterclass, which will be made available following the masterclass

*Dates subject to change.

Due to the intimate nature of this masterclass, there are limited seats available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Your Masterclass Instructor

David Penn
Co-Founder, Hit Songs Deconstructed

David is a recognized expert in the craft and trends behind hit songs and has been featured by Billboard, Variety, Music Week, Canadian Musician Radio, BMI, Financial Times, and the Economist, to name a few. He also regularly guest lectures at top universities such as Berklee College of Music, NYU, and Frost School of Music, as well as at industry events such as Music Biz, DIY Musician Conference and others.
A music connoisseur of all time periods and genres, he is a “go-to” consultant for songwriters, producers, publishers and labels.

Testimonials from Past Masterclass Participants

Decoding Hooks is for you if:

• You want to compete at the highest levels and attain continued commercial success
• You want new tools to evaluate your songs' strengths and weaknesses and help prime them for maximum impact
• You are ready to take the leap and combine your unique creativity with a little bit of science

By applying the techniques you learn during this masterclass to your music, you will take your writing and producing skills to the next level, regardless of the genre you’re working in.

Frequently Asked Questions

What knowledge of songwriting and music theory do I need to understand what is being taught?
A solid foundation in the basic craft of songwriting and music theory is highly recommended.

Who is this meant for?
Songwriters, producers, instrumentalists and A&R/Music Industry Professionals who have the goal of being involved in today’s mainstream music scene.

What is the basis for the material covered?
We will focus on recent Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hits.

How will the material be conveyed?
The presentation will feature a combination of audio examples, graphs, charts, commentary, and Logic Pro sessions to illustrate principals and techniques

Will the video of the live masterclass be available after the conclusion of the masterclass?
Yes, the video is posted to the masterclass portal after the masterclass concludes.

Limited Seats Available
Sign up for all four masterclasses and save 15% off the already deeply discounted bundle rate!
Regular Price:  $996 | Bundle Price:  $599 | Your Price: $528

Use discount code DECODED.