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Arts & Entertainment

Finding Melodic Inspiration

Armin van Buuren

Lesson time 12:52 min

Armin’s production process starts with crafting melodies full of emotion and drama. Here are his techniques for creative melody making.

Armin van Buuren
Teaches Dance Music
Learn how to make dance music from the platinum-selling producer voted No. 1 DJ in the world five times by DJ Magazine.

About the Instructor

Every week, Armin van Buuren puts 41 million listeners into A State of Trance on his radio show. In his first-ever online class, the platinum-selling DJ breaks down his hits and builds a track from scratch to show you how he produces, performs, and promotes dance music. You’ll learn his technical process for using samples and plug-ins, mixing, recording vocals, and how to DJ a set. Your crowd is waiting.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

I LOVE seeing the technical aspects of DJing and all the techniques and software you learn from this class.

This class gave me some very essential tips in production and music making. But, more importantly, it gave me the inspiration and perspective to want to express myself through music.

I loved it.Just finished it and I'm gonna watch it all over again.Wish I had all his plugins though.He talks to you like he's one of your friends.Great guy in an amazing looking studio.Thanks.

Great instructor, learned writing, producing, mixing electronic music. And also a few quick performance tips


A fellow student

Really enjoyed this lesson because "You Are" brought me back to the first time I heard it. I remember I was driving to see my girlfriend that day was the monday after tomorrowland 2017's first weekend and Armin posted the video whe he was on and I played that song and I immediately tried to find the name of it haha

Ricky P.

Armin is one of my favorite DJs. One of the best we've ever seen. This is REALY cool to see him teach a MasterClass and see inside his studio. This is great, even for those not looking to produce trance.


I love this guys energy, he makes me excited to be learning electronic music! This is somewhat what and how I look at music myself.

Scott K.

Acapellas for days, I usually look for remix contests on multiple websites and pull whatever stems I can get and then start messing with it

Eugene G.

Awesome lesson, however your chord progression you used for your breakdown is what you used in This Light Between us! Thank you for your insight and inspiration Armin!

Cyriel V.

So great, I experimented with different chord progressions from songs that I really liked and grabbed my attention. Starting with a piano sound like Armin does. I'm curious about how the idea unfolds.

Mark W.

Any tips for tutorials? I'm looking for Logic Pro how to use it and how to link to guitar and keyboard/synths?

A fellow student

I love it! it was AMAZING to hear someone I admire reaffirm how I create music. We share a similar style and I didn't expect that. However, my creating comes from my lyrical abilities. I write lyrics and usually late at night I will hear a melody in my head and I'll immediately start a voice memo singing the melody to the matching lyrics. It sounds stupid at first - like he says- haha but music starts from sparks. I'm here to figure out how to take those ideas and make an actual track. They can't sit on my phone forever!!


Wow! Armin u r fantastisch!! I'm so glad I'm taking this class! #DoWhatULove is da name of my album n latest single, please let me know how u feel about it =)

Garret W.

really concrete ideas on how to get myself to start writing a song, I really appreciate it. My favorite technique is to get super high on sativa, listen to some good music, once a song inspires me and i am a little less high and can actually function on my DAW I start writing my own music. And let me tell you, jamming out while writing your own music while high is a one of a kind fantastic experience.