If DJing isn’t your thing, a number of other artists have also shared the secrets to their genius on the platform, from Alicia Keys revealing her songwriting secrets and Christina Aguilera teaching how to hit the perfect high note to Hans Zimmer decoding the world of film scoring.
See below for eight more incredible courses available on MasterClass, and sign up here for $15/month (billed annually).
Alicia Keys – Songwriting and Producing
The 15-time Grammy Award winner knows a thing or two on how to capture hearts with song, and in her 19-lesson MasterClass, Keys breaks down some of her best-known hits like “Fallin'” to share how she “writes lyrics, crafts melodies, and explores sonics so you can discover the music you were born to make.”
Tom Morello – Electric Guitar
The artist behind Rage Against the Machine’s wild guitar riffs is teaching everything from theory, gear, influences, recording and, of course, how to rock a solo in his first online class.
“I didn’t trust teachers, I didn’t trust politicians, I didn’t trust people on the evening news. I trusted music,” the rocker shares in the trailer. “The language of my life is written in rock ‘n roll, and punk rock and hip-hop.”
Hans Zimmer – Film Scoring
“In music, you’re basically having a conversation,” says the legendary composer behind more than 150 films, including Inception, The Lion King, and The Dark Knight.
For his 31-lesson course, the self-taught Academy Award winner shares how he “creates sounds from nothing, composes compelling character themes, and scores a movie before ever seeing it.”
Reba McEntire – Country Music
For her MasterClass, the Oklahoma native breaks down performance techniques, does case studies on her hits, shares how to build a career in country music and even delivers an emotional performance at the Grand Ole Opry.
Christina Aguilera – Singing
Who better to teach how to nail a vocal run than powerhouse five-time Grammy winner Xtina? Her 23-lesson class breaks down warm-up exercises, breath control, vibrato, her signature growls, expanding range, finding your voice, performance techniques and more.
“Technique is only a quarter of it,” she explains in the trailer. “Passion and drive is, like, 100% of it.”
Deadmau5 – Electronic Music Production
Deadmau5 is taking off his mask for his 23-lesson EDM course, which teaches theory, tips for building a home studio and “how he approaches melodies, mixing and mastering to make unique sounds you can’t find in a cookie cutter sample pack.”
Herbie Hancock – Jazz
In 25 lessons, the legendary jazz artist is teaching his secrets to mastering the compelling genre, including improvisation, learning by listening, piano basics, harmonies, musical emotion and more. Hancock is also offering original piano transcriptions, including 5 exclusive solo performances.
St. Vincent – Creativity and Songwriting
“If you have ears and ideas, you can make anything happen,” St. Vincent teases in the trailer for her 16-lesson songwriting class, in which she breaks down every step in writing her song “Savior,” plus tips on how to “record music, write songs, improve your guitar skills, and embrace your vulnerability.”
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