From Timbaland's MasterClass

How to Persevere

Tim believes resilience and dedication are critical for success. As he concludes his MasterClass, he reveals what drives him and how you can keep focused on your inspiration and goals.

Topics include: Connect With One Person • Don't Get Distracted • Stay Focused on Your Craft • Keep Your Love for Music Alive


Tim believes resilience and dedication are critical for success. As he concludes his MasterClass, he reveals what drives him and how you can keep focused on your inspiration and goals.

Topics include: Connect With One Person • Don't Get Distracted • Stay Focused on Your Craft • Keep Your Love for Music Alive


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How do you get heard? How do you get known? Ambition, persistence, hard work, dedication, never giving up, that's how you get known. Always sticking to it. If it's good, it'll manifest itself. If it's not, hey, you gave it your all. I can't tell everybody this, say, I'm going to be a music producer, you're going to be a music producer. That's not going to happen. It's all about your perseverance, your strive to be better than what you are yesterday, always trying to be a better you, always trying to better yourself, always trying to figure out what you're doing wrong, taking criticism, you know, what you don't-- like, there's going to be hard days when, you know, you want to give up. I still had those days, you know? But you can't give up because it's what you love. [MUSIC PLAYING] My first success was, I think, "If Your Girl Only Knew," Aaliyah. And I just wanted my music to be heard. I don't know what it took to get there. I was a young kid that was, like, I just wanted my music to be heard. And I was so blessed that Aaliyah loved my sound, loved me and Missy, what we was doing. And when they called and told us, I remember Berry, her manager, her record label, said, congratulations. You got your first number one. I'm like, what? You know? You smiling, but it's still-- I don't know nothing about the business. I don't know it was-- wow, people liked my music. Yes. That's all I wanted. You know, saying have some money to help my mom or help my dad, you know? But this lease, but that wasn't the drive. It was the drive to make the people say, wow. You know, it really wasn't a drive. It was I wanted people to hear my music, you know? Then, as they heard it, this would kind of like made me be like, wait a minute. A girl said to me, you got the dope beats, out of nowhere, in a mall. You know? Random. OK. It's Jay-Z on it. That's Jay-Z. She looked past Jay-Z to tell me my beats were dope. So that means my music has touched her, along with Jay and whoever artist was on the music. But she identified my music, my template. Moving that one particular person was more than money or number one on the charts because I was moved doing it, and I know I wanted people to be moved. And when she was-- when she told me that, it's-- I knew there was millions of other people out there that might feel the same way. But I needed that one voice. So that was a moment that said, thank you, God, for the gift. [MUSIC PLAYING] To be honest with you, I'm a type of guy, you know, at one point, I didn't spend nothing, which I'm like that now. Like, I don't spend nothing. I just want to spend it on music stuff, music equipment, new stuff, new ideas. And, you know, you got to be careful because once the fame come, you want to try things. And it's nothing you can do because it going to hit you in a different form. I'm telling you how it hit me. You know, you get hot. You start feeling yourself. So now you neglect what got you hot, and that's mu...

Find your beat

Grammy-winning music producer Timbaland takes you behind the boards to teach you his process for creating iconic tracks with artists like Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, and Aaliyah. In his first-ever online class, learn how to collaborate with vocalists, layer new tracks, and create hooks that stick. Step into Timbaland’s studio and learn from one of the industry’s most innovative hit makers.


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

I'm so fired up and encouraged soon my perseverance will tell the rest of the story. It's one of the best master classes I have seen so far.

Timbaland's Masterclass really gave Me a different perspective on Music,it really helped with song inspiration and sound organization.Most important he helped me learn to feel the Music while creating modern Music at times can become to technical.

Awesome insight into workflow and his creative process and even a bit of sound design explanation which was unexpected. Very cool!

Sometimes it's just good to hear someone this successful affirm things you feel. This is just inspiring.


Renaldo W.

Hello Class, I am a life long Musician and to hear one of my childhood influencers teach and speak to me about something that I love is a great privilege. This class has given me drive, inspiration and motivation to persevere to be great at Producing.

Jonathan M.

As a dance-pop singer/songwriter and producer -this class was everything I needed and more. God I can't wait to hop into the studio later today. <3 Thank you for this.

Mark O.

What a lovely spirit Tim has. I've been a keyboard player/MD/producer/programmer in Nashville for the last 40 years...I needed to hear these lessons. It wasn't even the technical side of the lessons which were most important(which they were) was the spirit side of Tim that hit me the most. Wonderful and Inspirational. A true gentleman. Regards....Mark Oliverius

Stefan D.

An amazing class! Having reputable people like Timbaland explaining his work process with such simplicity must inspire others to create or at least "give a try". I enjoyed the time , learned few things and got inspired! Thanks!

A fellow student

Loved the class, I truly enjoyed his perspective, his approach and his outlook.

Joshua H.

Never ever give up on making music. You cannot do it trying to get famous or just because you wan the lifestyle associated with being a producer. You have to love to create and everything else will come by networking, by marketing yourself. But even if you never go platinum, you will still be satisfied because you love making music. Don't feel like you are a failure if you aren't Kanye West after this Masterclass or a few Youtube tutorials.

Jerome S.

hi, really liked the class, but there are some important points, in my opinion, that you haven't covered. Eg. Where to get quality drum samples ? I've registered for a "Splice" account, but some of the sounds they provide just don't sound great. Hope you respond to that... :) and thanks

Mike L.

I thought this class gave helpful encouragement to hang in there, to appreciate an audience of one, to give them your gratitude by giving them your best effort and your best self.


I never knew how to start. Often thought, that I need the right tools, right time or place to start. Now I know, that I can start producing at every time and everywhere, not thinking about the perfect result. Thanks for that kick in the ass!

Xavier L.

This was the perfect class for me! It really was! it gave me so much clarity about what to do and what not to do! Thanks Tim.