MasterClass is a new online service that teaches you how to act, sing, and write like some of the best-known masters of the craft. Here’s our MasterClass review.
What Is MasterClass?
MasterClass is an online subscription-based service that shares lessons from various masters of their craft.
You can learn how to write from bestselling author James Patterson, for example. Or you can learn how to act from Kevin Spacey. Serena Williams leads a class on how to play tennis, and Christina Aguilera teaches you how to sing.
You pay for the class (it costs around $90) and you receive 20 to 40 video-based lessons (about 10 to 12 minutes each) with lectures from the “master” of your trade.
Your $90 fee gives you lifetime access to the program. After paying that fee, you can access the content, progress through the attached workbook, and learn key skills from some of the masters of your craft.
Some class members will also be lucky enough to receive a personal review of their work from the master of their class. Some reviewers have claimed they received online feedback from Dustin Hoffman himself after taking his class, for example.
MasterClass is a startup based on San Francisco. They launched around May of 2015 with the goal of helping people around the world receive high-quality classes from some of the best-known masters of the industry.
Let’s take a closer look at how MasterClass works.
How Does MasterClass Work?
MasterClass offers online classes for students of all skill levels. The classes are taught by some of the best in the industry, including names like James Patterson and Serena Williams that we mentioned above.
Based on reviews online, the classes are catered towards people of all levels of skill in various professions. There are professional authors who have taken James Patterson’s course, for example, and amateur writers with no published works.
Some of the MasterClass classes currently available include:
-Kevin Spacey teaches acting
-James Patterson teaches writing
-Ushers teaches the art of performance
-Dustin Hoffman teaches acting
-Serena Williams teaches tennis
-Christina Aguilera teaches singing
-Annie Leibovitz teaches photography
The courses vary slightly in their structure, but they all work in pretty much the same way.
For example, the James Patterson course consists of 22 videos where James Patterson talks about various aspects of how you create fiction: including how to develop raw ideals, how to create characters, how to build successful outlines, how to write good endings, how to edit, and more. By the end of the course, Patterson has taught you how to create good titles, how to market your book, how to get published, and other talents of the craft.
Along the way, you’ll find personal videos from the author, where they explain various personal aspects of their craft. Patterson takes the time to recount his own personal journey to becoming published, for example, and explains how he brushed shoulders with some big Hollywood personalities.
All of the 20+ videos vary in length between 3 and 14 minutes.
The videos are only the first part of each master class: MasterClass also gives you a downloadable and printable workbook designed to complement the videos and expand on the lessons within. The book recaps each lesson, gives practical examples of the things you learn, and gives you a comprehensive outline of how to move forward with your new knowledge.
Your workbook is like a series of assignments. The Patterson workbook comes with 72 pages. The Spacey acting workbook comes with 47 pages. MasterClass claims each workbook “accompanies the class with lesson recaps and supplemental materials.”
The third part of the MasterClass system is an “Office Hours” portion where the author answers questions by video that were written in by his students. The questions are pre-selected and contain a diverse range of answers across all different topics.
Within the Office Hours part of the class is a series of video critiques by the “master” where they look at the work of their students and assess that work.
In the Patterson MasterClass, for example, he looks at selected class assignments and assesses how students handled those assignments. Then, he looks at potential book titles and explains whether or not those book titles might work.
All of the workbook material is thoughtfully organized. It comes with a suggested viewing schedule, for example, and packages everything into a structure that’s easy to consume and read.
You can actually view each segment of the MasterClass program by visiting the official MasterClass website. For example, the Spacey program breaks the system into 28 different sections, including: 1) Introduction, 5) Working with Text: Grounding a Monologue, 10) Mask Work: Try It a Different Way, 18) Impressions, and 23) Creating Characters: Case Studies.
MasterClass classes each cost $90.
That $90 gives you up to 5 hours of video-based lessons from one of the masters listed above. Some of the masters give you 3 hours of video-based classes, while others (like Kevin Spacey) give you 5 hours of classes.
Your $90 fee gives you lifetime access to the entire MasterClass. You don’t have to renew your subscription or pay to rejoin the program in the future.
MasterClass is a San Francisco-based startup company that launched in 2015.
You can contact the company by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1 (855) 981-8208.