What is MasterClass and is it worth paying for?
MasterClass is a unique, online learning platform where classes are taught by celebrity professionals. For example, you can learn to cook with Gordon Ramsay or be taught to sing by Christina Aguilera. Pretty cool stuff, right? There are over 80+ classes in 9 categories including music & entertainment all the way to science and technology.
How much does it cost and is it worth the money?
MasterClass is worth it if you want to learn from creative professionals at the top of their game, at a pace that suits you. The materials are first-class and you’ll learn a lot.
Classes taught by:
Carlos Santana and Tom Morello on guitar
Timbaland on production
Itzhak Perlman on violin
Christina Aguilera on singing
Timberland on music production
Armin van Buuren on EDM
Usher on performance
Herbie Hancock on jazz
Gordan Ramsay on Cooking
Annie Leibovitz on photography
Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu on poker
Martin Scorsese and Werner Herzog on film
Natalie Portman, Helen Mirren, and Samuel L. Jackson on acting
Will Wright on game design
Steve Martin on comedy
Hans Zimmer on film scoring
Serena Williams on tennis
Stephen Curry on basketball
It’s a laundry list of people at the very top of their fields. Some are historical greats.
Cost: A MasterClass all-access pass costs $180 per year or $15 per month. All-access means you can watch any class, with no limitations. The individual classes sell for $90 each. Considering the cost, an all-access pass seems like the most cost-effective way to go. There is a 30 day 100% satisfaction guarantee or a full refund stated on their website, “We offer a satisfaction guarantee for 30 days after you enroll in a class. If you’re not happy, we’ll issue you a refund.”
What do you get?
Most classes have 10-30 video lessons with some classes containing 10+ hours of content. You also have access to downloadable workbooks with lesson recaps, assignments and exercises you can do between videos. You can share your progress with other students of the same class to get feedback and apparently select student work is actually critiqued by the instructor.
Is it worth the money?
The all-access pass is certainly great value for money if you are committed to learning. You’ll have a year to take as many classes as you please. There will be more classes when your subscription is approaching renewal and you can then decide if it’s worth another year.
If you want to get started, go to MasterClass and browse all the classes.
We’ve listed some of the most popular classes below. If you like the look of a class/instructor click through to learn more and watch some example videos of their class.