Music & Entertainment

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.

Timbaland was an excellent instructor. I'm just getting started with beatmaking, and even though my desired style is way different than his, he broke the concepts down in a way that anyone can benefit from. Highly recommend this course.

Mr Tim is such an inspiring musician, such joy comes through the screen, it teaches other stuff than just the techniques, it teaches the spirit, and not many can do that!

Amazing Ive always knew about ableton but never witnessed a master veteran like Timbaland use the program. Because of this class I have a new perspective and opportunity im very grateful for. Thank you

Really wanted to see Timbo's approach towards producing and I'm so glad to finally witness it like I was there in the same room. Thank you so much for this!


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.


Julien K.

All I needed to hear ! This course free me up to produce. I really thought he was speaking to me, eyes in eyes. Thank you Masterclass, thank you Tim !

Troy L.

My new group and I are already writing new music with some infectious feeling. What really stood out as a few others have mentioned - if it feels good it is good! Also, If it is a hit to me and I can groove to it - it is a hit. Time will bring it around to the world. We have been writing our newest collection of songs with these principles in mind and did our first performance last weekend, a debut. Man, it was good! Thanks.

Jerome T.

I really loved this class and was so inspired, that I remixed the available stems and posted it on Soundcloud! A lot of great information here! Good job!

A fellow student

I enjoyed every lesson but the thing that stood out the most was the way music is done and technical not needed to be done. The exception is if it moves you and makes you feel some kind of way then its something to vibe off. I don’t need to worry about nothing else because it’s their.

Ewfilm E.

Thanks for sharing your creating music's process, it was a big adventure in your world, your feeling, and your team's collaboration.

Michael S.

I absolutely loved this class!!! I grew up listening to Timbaland, he was always my biggest influence, by far. Being from the same city, Virginia Beach, made me admire Timbaland even more over the years. Though it was Tim's originality and "thinking outside the box" that always set him far above any other producer, in my mind. Thank you Timbaland for this AMAZING class, your words, your passion and sharing this experience with us. I'm more inspired than ever now to get back into music production.