What is MasterClass? Get online classes from celebrity experts

What is MasterClass?

There’s a simple way to understand MasterClass.

It’s a new online education platform where the world’s most successful people teach what it is that made them successful.

They share their knowledge in highly captivating and inspiring 3-15 minute video lessons.

The video lessons are genuinely astounding. It’s Hollywood-level video production quality. They’re so lovely to watch.

Once you start watching one lesson, you’ll get instantly hooked and keep on binge-watching.

Watching MasterClass is similar to watching Netflix, except that instead of mindlessly consuming content, you’re learning from the world’s top creators.

This is their selling point.

You can learn from the best while being entertained in the process.

How much does MasterClass cost for starting?

MasterClass can cost quite a little if you keep the membership, as it’s $15 / £15 (roughly AU$30) per month or $180 / £180 (a roughly AU$320) for an annual membership when starting.

Perhaps if you only want access to a single class, that will cost you $90 / £85 (roughly AU$170). That is around half the price of the annual pass, so if you see yourself using multiple courses per year, the yearly pass is best.

During the time of writing, there’s an offer on, so if you buy an annual membership, someone else gets one for free (although hopefully, they’ll give you half the price you paid to even it out!). You can find this offer on the MasterClass website here. This offer is perfect for people trapped indoors and looking for something to do.

How to MasterClass courses work?

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Each course offered is broken down into bite-sized classes – which means all of them are short, but there are plenty of them.

Annie Leibovitz’s ‘Photography’ class, for example, consists of 15 12-minute lessons, while Neil Degrasse Tyson’s ‘Scientific Thinking and Communication’ course has 13 12-minute levels. These lessons include workbooks as well.

You can watch MasterClass lessons on your computer as well as your Android or iOS phone or tablet – and even Amazon Fire TV streaming devices and Apple TV.

Some MasterClass courses might be better on TV, so if you don’t have an Amazon or Apple-enabled device check out some you could use here:

What MasterClass courses are offered, and who teaches them?

There are plenty of different courses in MasterClass in a range of topics, and we’ll group them as such below. It’s worth pointing out that there are sometimes classes on the same problem, but different people teach them, likely offering different insights.

Prospective cooks or bakers will find general classes like ‘Cooking’ to more specific skills like ‘Texas-Style BBQ’ and ‘French Pastry Fundamentals,’ from the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Alice Waters and Wolfgang Puck.

Aspiring film stars are spoiled for choice: Werner Hertzog, Jodie Foster and Martin Scorsese teach ‘Filmmaking,’ Helen Mirren, Natalie Portman and Samuel L. Jackson teach ‘Acting,’ David Lynch teaches ‘Creativity and Film’ and there are even many to choose from it.

Plenty of writers have classes here in different skills, with Margaret Atwood, Aaron Sorkin, Neil Gaiman, David Mamet, David Sedaris and Joyce Carol Oats all teaching courses in their specialty.

Musicians are here too, with Herbie Hancock teaching ‘Jazz,’ Hans Zimmer and Danny Elfman teaching film scoring courses, Tom Morello teaching guitar, deadmau5 teaching’ Electronic Music Production’ and Usher teaching ‘The Art of Performance.’ Also, Judd Apatow and Steve Martin teach ‘Comedy.’

There are several other categories with big-name stars teaching classes: Serena Williams hosts the ‘Tennis’ course, Bob Iger teaches ‘Business Strategy and Leadership’ Bob Woodward helms’ Investigate Journalism,’ Annie Leibovitz teaches ‘Photography,’ and Chris Hadfield is in charge of ‘Space Exploration.’

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