To submit requests for assistance, or provide feedback regarding accessibility, please contact

Arts & Entertainment

In the Studio, Part 1: Melody

Armin van Buuren

Lesson time 12:50 min

It’s time to shift gears a little and watch Armin put some of the techniques he’s been teaching you to work. With the help of his producing partner Benno de Goeij, Armin’s going to produce an exclusive track right here in his MasterClass. This chapter is the first of eight parts showing you exactly how an Armin van Buuren dance floor hit gets made.

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.

Brilliant!! One of our favourite Dj's of all time

Motivated me to make more music and helped understanding music better

It was my first masterclass and the experience was amazing. Each day I have learned something completely new. I liked to see the process behind electronic music production and collaboration at this level. I will use some new tricks and techniques to improve the quality of my music. I hope to learn much more in the next ones. :)

Amazing!!! So in depth and even great for those of us not going to be aspiring DJs!


A fellow student

I enjoyed this lesson. I used to play the piano when I was a kid at church but I completely hated it because I was forced to play while all my friends were outside playing futbol. I love futbol thats why it punished my piano playing experience. Im sure It'd come back to me when I try it again.

Jacob B.

I'm totally new to music. How is he able to use two chords to play what sounds like a whole melody?

Georgi K.

Armin Van Buuren is my favorite DJ great course explains everything in details!!

Albouri N.

Amin is a Genius. He doesn't try to look like it's always a one-man job to make good music. He knows how to direct good music using both his skills and the skills of other musicians he works with. His focus is on creating something beautiful, without regard to how much of it came from his own hands. Because both he and the other musicians quietly understand that it is his good direction that is behind it all, and it is leading to a successful song. I love that he is both humble and confident enough to do that.

A fellow student

The way he writes music is kinda unique, the place he goes with first, automations, e.t.c., those made me learn dude Tho I'm a Live user, but the sense and the knowledge from this tutorial are pretty darn crucial to anyone's music career.

Marcus M.

How did he double the notes? That weird tool doesn't appear for me on my Logic Pro when I try to scroll it like he did in the video. Thanks!

A fellow student

Thank you for showing this Armin! this is what im doing with my friend he is a guitarist and he's skills is awesome !

Michael E.

The lesson I was watching makes his mate look more experienced than he is as the instructor


This is great advice using different techniques of creating your chords and melody. Well done for this!!

James T.

It’s really amazing to see you both working through the foundations of the track. Pulling inspiration from a favorite piece. Armin took what moves him most and built on that. The chord progression has a beautiful melancholy quality. It’s inspiring to watch the creative process. To see that notes are corrected tempos are changed. To see how the piece is put together and realize my process is not all that different. It’s about the emotion. It has to be there to begin with.