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I subscribed to Masterclass a few weeks ago because I wanted to take a course on writing from Neil Gaiman, the author of Coraline, The Graveyard book, and more great stories.

The course was professionally shot and executed. Masterclass’ library of courses are all produced by them. There aren’t as many courses as Lynda or Udemy, but every instructor is a true master of their craft.

I didn’t learn any hard skills from the Neil Giaman course. Instead, I learned how Gaiman thinks about writing which is more valuable than a course on writing.

Each class lesson has a companion worksheet. The worksheets are an extension to the class and include assignments related to what you watched. The worksheets represent the same quality that Masterclass puts in their videos.

The cost of Masterclass 

I originally planned to purchase the Neil Gaiman class alone. The price for the 19-lesson course is $90 and includes each lesson worksheet.

After I looked at the course library, I opted for the Masterclass annual plan for $180;  the price of two individual courses. It was worth it.

So far, the only class I’ve finished is Neil Gaimen’s course on writing. I’ve added others to my list including a course by David Lynch, teaching film making; and another course by Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to walk in space, teaching space exploration.

The amount of content contained within Masterclass is like one of those tiny cars with fifteen full-sized clowns inside. Even more so when you realize the cost for a full year of unlimited access is $150.

Some of the instructors include:

  • Howard Schulz | Founder of Starbucks
  • Steve Martin | The amazing comedian
  • Natalie Portman | Actress
  • Gordon Ramsey | The always zen king of cooking
  • Serena Williams | Tennis queen
  • Annie Leibovitz | Reknown Photographer
  • Steph Curry | Basketball legend
  • Samuel L. Jackson | The actor

Masterclass is different

What makes Masterclass different is the masters who teach.

Education sites like Udemy have many courses that going on sale often, but there isn’t a  curation process to make sure the person who is teaching is a true master. Or a process to determine if the quality of the content is acceptable.

Every instructor on Masterclass is an expert in their field and many of the fields taught on Masterclass cannot be taught anywhere else.

Rare masters

You won’t see a space exploration class on Udemy, and you won’t get Howard Schulz, founder of Starbucks, teaching a class on business anywhere else.

What makes Masterclass so great is the instructors. Who, are not only masters in their crafts, but passionate about their trades. Each lesson is informative and interesting like a documentary that makes you smarter.

Masterclass is a better choice

Instead of watching re-runs of The Office or Friends on Netflix, you can watch educational, entertaining, content that will make you a better, more optimized human.

Each Masterclass video is in HD quality and looks just as good on your living room TV as on your phone. In combination with Evernote, you have an entire university with a faculty staff better than Harvard and a notetaking system better than Cornell.

If you’re entertained, you are the product

If you’re watching shows made to entertain, you are the product. You are being used while someone else makes money off of the time you will never get back.

Watching Netflix is paying a corporation to keep you from becoming the greatest version of yourself or progressing through your life and duty as a man.

If you watch Masterclass, you’re paying to learn from individuals who are near-impossible to reach.

It sounds extreme and wrong to say that Masterclass is for everyone, but it’s hard to argue against the value and opportunity Masterclass presents.

for $180, everyone can afford Masterclass and it’s a shame if you don’t get it. Below are all of the classes Masterclass offers and a short description of the course.

While looking through the list, pay attention to the dramatic caliber of outliers Masterclass managed to secure. They have content you can’t find anywhere else.

H2: All the courses Masterclass offers

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This list is long and shows every class that Masterclass offers, sorted by category with a short description.

Feel free to use the glossary below to jump to the section that interests you.

Masterclass Category Glossary:

Masterclass Film & TV Courses

David Lynch Teaches Creativity and Film

David Lynch is one of the best directors of modern filmmaking, most notably directing Twin Peaks, The Elephant Man, Dune, and Mulholland Drive. In this Masterclass course, he teaches how to infuse your creativity with film.

Jodie Foster Teaches Filmmaking

Jodie Foster is an actress, director, and producer. She is most known for her role in The Silence of the Lambs, the 1991 cannibal masterpiece.

She has been in the entertainment business for decades, behind and in front of the camera. She is a master of her craft.

Werner Herzog teaches Filmmaking

Wener Herzog is a director who made his first film in 1961 at the age of 19. Today, Herzog is in his seventies and has made films ever since. Werzog has directed many films, some of which include Grizzly man, God’s Angry Man, and little Dieter Needs to fly.

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With decades of experience, learning film from Herzog is a valuable experience for any would-be director, or career director already on the path.

Mira Nair Teaches Independent Filmmaking

Mira Nair is an Indian-American filmmaker. She owns a production company called Mirabai Films, where she makes films that lean towards Indian audiences.

Her list of credits is long. An experienced teacher worthy of taking a class from.

Ken Burns Teaches Documentary Filmmaking

Ken Burns is a documentary filmmaker who relies on archival footage to describe epic moments from history.

His films cover topics like war, sports in America, and the American struggle like The Dust Bowl and the prohibition era.

For documentary filmmakers, Burns is one of the most creative and experienced. taking a course from him is worth it for professional filmmakers and artists in general.

Natalie Portman Teaches Acting

Natalie Portman is a well-known actress who has starred in nearly every genre of movie. Beyond acting, Portman also writes, produces, and directs.

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She has worked in film for a long time and hasn’t shared her knowledge until now. A good course for those in the entertainment industry.

Spike Lee Teaches Filmmaking

Spike Lee is a director, producer, and filmmaker. Some of his film credits include Malcolm X, Jungle Fever, and She’s gotta have it.

He is a controversial figure who likes to involve himself in politics and social justice but his experience in film is vast.

Masterclass Music & Entertainment Courses

Timbaland Teaches Producing & Beatmaking

Timbaland is a producer, rapper, and DJ, who has his hand in the music industry like a puppeteer has his hand in a puppet.

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Timbaland does everything and has been in the music game for a long time. He’s worked on numerous projects with many artists. A course from him is sure to be valuable to any music producers.

Carlos Santana Teaches the Art and Soul of Guitar

Carlos Santana is a Rock & Roll Legend with his band, Santana. This class is good for the guitarist who is a fan of Carlos Santana.

Tom Morello Teaches Electric Guitar

Tom Morello is a guitarist most known for his role in Rage Against the Machine, the rap/rock group with the famous single, Killing in the Name Of.

Rage Against the Machine is a great band to do pullups to, or any hardcore workout.

Another course for the guitarist.

Christina Aguilera Teaches Singing

Christina Aguilera is a 90’s and early 2000’s singer and songwriter; an international sensation and an expert of voice with a wide range of vocal skills.

Some of her hits include Genie in a bottle, Dirrty and Beautiful.

Armin Van Buuren Teaches Dance Music

Armin Van Burren is an EDM producer who is known for hosting the State of Trance, a weekly trance radio show.

Some of his hits include Hoe Het Danst, Repeat After Me, and Blah Blah Blah.

Herbie Hancock Teaches Jazz

Herbie Hancock is a musical king and a Jazz legend. Hancock has performed all of his life and in this class, he teaches Jazz.

Usher Teaches The Art of Performance

Usher is a pop-star icon who peaked in the 2000s and made enough money to never need to work again.

He is also a massive talent. He teaches his performance style here.

Steve Martin Teaches Comedy

It’s Steve Martin teaching a course on how to be funny. If you need any convincing or background this isn’t for you.

He is a comedy legend and a great actor. Although he isn’t as active as he once was, Steve Martin movies and standup still hold up today.

Hans Zimmer Teaches Film Scoring

Zimmer is one of the best at scoring films. He composed the music for Inception, The Dark Knight and Pirates of the Caribbean to name a few.

DeadMau5 Teaches Electronic Music

Deadmau5 is a DJ and music producer who is also a notorious gamer. he teaches how to make electronic music in this course.

Reba Mcentire Teaches Country Music

If you like country, you know who Reba is. In this course, she teaches the art of country music.

Itzhak Perlman Teaches Violin

Itzhak Perlman is an Israeli violinist, educator, and composer. He is known as a master of the violin and often goes on tours to perform before modest audiences.

Penn & Teller Teach The Art of Magic

Pen and Teller are a magician duo based out of Las Vegas. They have been performing since the 1970s with shows that blend comedy with magic.

They teach magic in their Masterclass course. Rare, since magicians never reveal their tricks.

Masterclass Culinary Arts courses 

James Suckling Teaches Wine Appreciation

James Suckling is a wine and cigar critic. He is one of the world’s top experts on wine and was an editor at Wine Spector and Cigar Aficionado.

Dominique Ansel Teaches French Pastry Fundamentals

Dominique Ansel is a french Pastry chief. He also has restaurants in Los Angeles. In this course, he teaches how to make French Pastries.

Thomas Keller Teaches Cooking Techniques

Thomas Keller is a chief and restaurateur based out of Napa Valley. In 1996 he was awarded the title of the best chef in California.

This course is broken up into two sections, with the second teaching techniques for meats, stocks, and sauces.

Gordon Ramsay Teaches Cooking

Gordon Ramsay is the angry English chef who turned his cooking career into a television show. He is most known for hell’s kitchen and his fiery mouth.

This course contains two parts: The second focuses on restaurant recipes at home.

Alice Waters Teaches The Art of Home Cooking

Alice Waters is a chef and restaurateur. She is a ceramic collecter who is most known for her focus on locally sourced ingredients.

Wolfgang Puck Teaches Cooking

Wolfgang puck is one of the most famous chefs alive. His life is dedicated to cooking and he truly is a master of his craft.

Learning cooking from him is a rare opportunity.

Massimo Bottura Teaches Modern Italian Cooking

Massimo Bottura is an Italian master chef. He is the Chef of a Michelin star restaurant in Italy. His restaurant has been in the top five of the best restaurants in the world.

Learning to cook Italian with him will make you an asset in the kitchen.

Aaron Franklin Teaches Texas-Style BBQ

Aaron Franklin is a barbeque master and the face behind Franklin Barbecue, the best barbecue in Austin Texas. He teaches his secrets in this barbecue course.

If you’re ever in Austin, wait in line for three hours to get some Franklin BBQ. The brisket tastes like what an endangered animal would taste like if it were engineered to be delicious.

Writing

Neil Gaiman Teaches The Art of Storytelling

Neil Gaiman is a prolific author who wrote The Graveyard Book, Coraline, and American Gods.

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He teaches his writing strategy in this amazing course. This course brought me to Masterclass and has not disappointed.

Hearing Gaiman describe how he thinks about fiction writing feels like a secret conversation with Oppenheimer about a weapon he kept to himself.

He reveals everything.

Dan Brown Teaches Writing Thrillers

Dan Brown is a thriller author most known for his work on The Da Vinci Code which turned into a movie starring Tom Hanks. He has written many other books and his body of work is extensive.

Margaret Atwood Teaches Creative Writing

Margaret Atwood is an author who wrote The Handmaid’s Tale which is now a Hulu television show.

She teaches her method for creative writing in this class.

R.L Stine Teaches Writing for Young Adults

R.L Stine is an American author who created the Goosebumps series you read as a child. he teaches how to write for young adults in his Masterclass course.

Malcolm Gladwell Teaches Writing

Malcolm Gladwell is an author and staff writer for the New Yorker. He is known for his books including Outliers, Blink, The Tipping point, and David and Goliath.

He teaches his writing style in this masterclass.

Judy Blume Teaches Writing

Judy Blume is a Children’s and young adult writer. She teaches her writing process and is known for a number of young adult books.

David Mamet Teaches Dramatic Writing

David Mamet is a playwright and film director. He wrote the screenplay for Hannibal among other great accomplishments.

David Baldacci Teaches Mystery and Thriller Writing

David Baldacci is a mystery and thriller author with numerous best-selling books to his name. He is capable of churning out books at a fast rate, writing multiple novels a year.

Billy Collins Teaches Reading and Writing Poetry

Billy Collins is a legendary American poet. He teaches how to read and write poetry in his Masterclass course.

James Patterson Teaches Writing

James Patterson is a thriller writer most known for the Alex Cross series. He is a New York Times best selling author. Here he teaches his writing process.

Design, Photography, & Fashion

Will Wright Teaches Game Design and Theory

Will Wright is a video game designer who created Maxis, the company behind the famous Sims series.

Don’t forget to delete the ladder after you’re done.

Jimmy Chin Teaches Adventure Photography

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Jimmy Chin is an extreme photographer, rock climber, and mountaineer.

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He is most known for his photography that usually comes with some kind of danger attached.

Marc Jacobs Teaches Fashion Design

Marc Jacobs is a fashion designer known for his self-titled luxury fashion label. He teaches fashion design in his masterclass course.

Dian Von Furstenberg Teaches Building a Fashion Brand

Dian Von Furstenberg is a fashion designer with a self-named label, DVF. She teaches how to build a fashion brand in this course.

Annie Leibovitz Teaches Photography

Annie Leibovitz is a Photographer most known for creatively shooting celebrities. Her sets are known for their over the top extravagance and costs.

She never sacrifices her craft due to cost and always puts the art first.

Frank Gehry Teaches Design and Architecture

Frank Gehry is an architect who seems like a character out of an Ayn Rand book like the Fountainhead.

His buildings are one of a kind.

Sports & Games

Daniel Negreanu Teaches Poker

Daniel Negreanu is a poker player who has won six World Series of Poker tournaments and is one of the best players alive.

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He teaches how to play Poker in his Masterclass course.

Stephen Curry Teaches Shooting, Ball-handling, and Scoring

Stephen Curry is one of the best basketball players alive today.

Source | The Washington post

He plays for The Golden State Warriors, the team dominating this decade of basketball.

Serena Williams Teaches Tennis

Serena Williams is one of the best Tennis players alive and was rated the best in the world at one time.

“I’m really exciting. I smile a lot, I win a lot, and I’m really sexy.”

Gary Kasparov Teaches Chess

Gary Kasparov is a chess grandmaster. He is considered the greatest chess players of all time and was ranked number one in the world for over fifteen years.

Phil Ivey Teaches Poker Strategy

Phil Ivey is a master poker player. He has won ten World Series of Poker tournaments and teaches his strategy here.

Politics & Society

Paul Krugman Teaches Economics and Society

Paul Krugman is an economist and columnist for the New York Times. He teaches Economy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

David Axelrod and Karl Rove Teach Campaign Strategy and Messaging

David Axelrod was a political consultant to Obama whereas Karl Rove was Deputy Chief of Staff for George W Bush. They teach campaign strategy in their Masterclass course.

Where could you get a course like this other than Masterclass?

Bob Woodward Teaches Investigative Journalism

Bob Woodward is an investigative journalist and has worked at the Washington post since 1971.

He has decades of experience to his name.

Dr. Jane Goodall Teaches Conservation

Jane Goodall is a Primatologist. She studies primates and is an advocate for chimpanzees.

Source | The Jane Goodall Institute

She teaches conservation in her Masterclass and even believes in Bigfoot a little bit.

Business, Politics & Society

Howard Schultz Teaches Business Leadership

Howard Schultz turned Starbucks into the overpriced coffee empire it is today. He teaches leadership in his business course.

Science & Technology

Chris Hadfield Teaches Space Exploration

Chris Hadfield is an Astronaut and the first Canadian to walk in space.

Photograph official portrait of Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield in EMU suit. Photo Date: July 19, 2011. Location: Building 8, Room 183 – Photo Studio. Photographer: Robert Markowitz

While you won’t learn how to be an astronaut from a course, Hadfield’s class is good for the dreamer or the curious.

Is Masterclass worth it?

if you can afford it, do it. There are too many instructors available under one subscription to rationalize away from purchasing Masterclass.

For the man who wants to become the greatest version of himself; see everything, do everything and learn everything, Masterclass is for you.

The accompanying worksheet and assignments with each lesson of every course add to the value of the already superb videos.

Imagine who you could be if you completed every Masterclass course in a category you care about. Or, if you stopped watching TV, playing videogames and looking at porn and instead, used Masterclass to learn.

The internet gives us unlimited to access to distraction. We also have unlimited access to inexpensive, luxury education. Give Masterclass a try for a year.

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