Arts & Entertainment, Music

Meet Your Instructor

Alicia Keys

Lesson time 03:58 min

Alicia introduces herself and invites you to join her in the spaces where she pursues her artistry.

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[FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING] [POKER CHIPS CLINK] [MUSIC PLAYING] [FILM REEL PUTTERS] ALICIA: Millions have arrived on New York shores, inspired by the sight of Lady Liberty, her torch lighting the way for dreamers, a place where the seemingly impossible feels worth attempting. We all want the opportunity to work hard and breathe life into our ambitions. My hometown, more than any other city, represents that possibility. What's going on, y'all? We're here together. I'm crazy excited. I can't believe it. We are about to talk about how to access everything that's inside of you to create a song. So I've never exactly done anything like this before. Um, I really like doing things that I've never done before actually. It's my favorite thing to do 'cause there's no preconceived notions. You don't have an expectation for it. So I've never taught like this before. And I don't know if it's teaching or sharing. I feel like teaching is sharing. And I've always said that if I wasn't going to be an artist, I would be a teacher, 'cause I would be, like, the coolest junior high school teacher of all time. You know what I mean? [MUSIC PLAYING] We're going to go through all kinds of pieces-- song writing, lyrics. We're going to talk honestly about the process and how to find it, where to start. (SINGING) Even if you were a million miles away, I can still feel you in my bed. Tools like instruments to help you find your way to the emotion-- also going to bring you into the studio, talk production, sonic sounds, how to put everything together to really create that beautiful piece that you want to create. Because if I went , it wouldn't have felt the same. If I went , it wouldn't have felt the same either. It's . I'm even going to bring you into the booth with me so that we can talk arrangements and styles and choices, and how in the world do you access that beautiful space that's waiting for you right now? It's gonna be fun. It's gonna be fire. And it's my first time doing this with you, us together. So I can't wait. You ready? I'm Alicia Keys, and this is my MasterClass. [BELL DINGS] I need that real bad. Can we please put the ting in there?

About the Instructor

With 15 Grammy Awards and more than 40 million albums sold so far, Alicia Keys is one of the world’s most beloved singer-songwriters. Now the legendary artist invites you into her studio to share her process for creating music built from authentic emotion. Breaking down anthems like “Fallin’,” Alicia shows you how she writes lyrics, crafts melodies, and explores sonics so you can discover the music you were born to make.

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