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How to Persevere


Lesson time 08:11 min

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.

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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 loved it. I have always wanted to learn music from a hero of mine and I finally did. Thank you so much.

It's always good to hear someone break down the way they produce. Thanks Tim!!!

Amazing attitude about beliefs . Great story . Short and somple. Maybe i would expect something bigger but Timbo made it so simple to tell you that "Hey Man ! If you love what you do , keep doing it with fun ! " Much love from Greece!

I've learned to let the music flow out of me. To allow my sounds and rhythms to move me and leave space for others to join me.


Harnaam J.

Gained so much more information and insight. Learned so many new techniques, approaches and styles in making beats and it's made a significant change to the type of beats I was making before the course to the beats I've been making now. Fantastic course which has left me with a bottomless bag of inspiration. Thank you


Timbo speaks about music the way I speak about music. At no point in the class did he make me feel like I'm not worthy of it because I didn't study it the "proper" way. That in itself was a huge inspiration and a boost. Thank you.

Alex L.

Loved this class! Always enjoyed Timbaland's music and this showed the process behind it, which was great.

Jacques B.

Thanks so much for your inspirational peek inside your process. I appreciate your honesty, humor, and even vulnerability. Letting us get a look at the behind the scenes creative process is scary to some. But you let us keep the light on, and for that I'm grateful. Cheers, Jacques Broquard

A fellow student

Very inspiring. Timbaland shows you how to free up your creativity and how to trust yourself. Light on technical instruction, but loaded with inspiration. About 20 minutes in you'll want to pause the class, fire up your DAW of choice and start making music. Probably the best benefit of this course is that Timbaland gives you the courage and the permission to be yourself and to create. In my opinion, a Masterclass should go beyond the basics and take you from the foundational techniques and into the next level. This course does just that.

A fellow student

Fantastic class over all. Incredibly inspiring. I haven't been this excited to make music in years. Thank you team!

A fellow student

You get out of it what you put into. That the same with life. Live and learn and excel to be the greatest

A fellow student

I waited till the end of all 15 to take it all in, I've heard reviews about it that basically told me it wasn't worth it, but, it's clear that were here for some other reason and didn't grasp what the message really is and, for those i have pitty. Timbaland is the only producer that made me actually work i feel like not to say others aren't great, but, for me he pushed the envelope and i will most definitely recommend to those of like mind

Patricia L.

Just fantastic. This is the difference between imparting knowledge and imparting wisdom. You know that he has been there, done it, learned the hard lessons and survived to become a better person. And he just looks like he's enjoying the hell out of his life! Thank you!

Patrick C.