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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.
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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.

Simply amazing! I have been mind-blown by all the concepts discussed, which I could have never figured out for myself. And Armin is a great teacher!

Interesting part concerning mixing and mastering

Couldn't of asked for better knowledge straight from the source. As a beginner, it's hard to know what you don't know. These classes has helped me out tremendously, all while giving immense inspiration. Grateful for Masterclass. Thank you.

Thank you Armin! Dance music has always been special to me throughout my life and for several years i have been producing electronic music but haven't been able to reproduce the sound and vibe that i love so much. For me it has been like walking in a dark room without a flashlight. But with this course, you gave me a torch!



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.


I create my Melodies usually with my Voice and my Chords with the Piano or just on my DAW using ym melody as a reference. I feel that my real talent is my voice being able to come up with this stuff. Just humming something crazy good. I also like to listen to different music that people send me (my friends) and feel as if some parts of it are good and some parts of it are bad. This is more out of my comfort zone, but good.

Sophia T.

His attitude and passion is priceless. That's were the true inspiration comes for me. Enticing to listen to him!