Music & Entertainment



Lesson time 12:18 min

Meet your instructor: Timbaland, producer of countless Top 40 hits for artists ranging from Jay-Z to Missy Elliott and Justin Timberlake. In your first lesson, Tim shows you how to create an entire track with just your voice and a microphone.

Teaches Producing and Beatmaking
Step inside the production studio with Timbaland. In his first-ever online class, Tim teaches his process for creating infectious beats and making sonic magic.
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(SINGING) I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. TIMBALAND (VOICEOVER): My music philosophy is creativity is a welcoming thing. As long as you love music, you're welcome in this world of producing. TIMBALAND: Well, here we are in the Hit Factory. I have my Team Timbo here-- Chris, my engineer, been with me for years, Fede and Angel, Team Timbo, part of Team Timbo. There's a big expansion. But this is the main hub. What are you seeing here is I'm opening up to y'all and showing you how I do it at home. This is what I do with my crew. All my, you know, Angel, Fede-- we all collectively be together. We all work together through our laptops, and how we-- our workflow is just like a ongoing party. We just transfer sounds to one another, and just cut the speakers on, and jam out. [HIP HOP MUSIC] So we're going to make music. We're going to talk about the music. And I'm going to talk about some of my songs that I already created that were hits, and talk about how I created them at the time, and what was my thought process. We're going to record vocals. We're going to show you how melody is structured from a writer, from me working with a writer, me working with the artists. You're going to see all of that in this class. But if you want to know about the technical parts about the EQing and producing, that's more about going online tutorials about plug-ins and other things. But you're going to learn about feeling. You're going to learn about getting the groove and enjoying one another, fellowship. New producers, young producers, other-- if you're up and coming, show me your work. Show me what you got. Show me what it is. Show me what you want to do. I start using my mouth as a instrument because when I try to tell people what I want, or what I was looking for, or what I wanted to hear, I always had a problem articulating. But my mouth was the easiest way to articulate things, for me, when it comes to music. If I can do the rhythm with my mouth first, then I can duplicate it on a drum machine. But the first part has to be in my head and my mouth. I have to come out with the sounds because it's in my head. And it just comes out. Take "Are You That Somebody," I use my mouth on that because I wanted to do a roll. And I knew I know how to do this clicking sound, so I put that in that. And I just fill up the space with my mouth. "Cry Me a River" was started with my mouth. And then the song was created around that. I started with doing just a melody, just the melody of the song with my mouth. And then I layered it. And then we added instruments on top. So a lot of times, I can start off with just my mouth to get the basic melody. And then I build around that. So I would like to show you instead of talking about it how I sta...

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.

Best information and advice for my career ever

I enjoyed watching Timbaland's song construction process from the ground up. It was good to see how the ideas form with his creative team, and seeing the process behind classics like Pony and Are You That Somebody. I'm looking forward to applying the knowledge to my productions going forward.

The Timbaland Team instructs me in detail on everything I need to know about the music production process. Practical application is where I come in.

Timbaland is a master. Amazing to watch him drop pearls about both music and life. So humble and focused and funny. Great offering, thank you!


Aron H.

Oh my, when I started to remember my melodic ideas and rhythms with my mouth and layered them, I felt so stupid... just stopped it... and then, years later, after struggling so much with my workflow, I see one of the top producers doing day by day what my instinct told me from the very beginning. My oh my, *now* I feel stupid :D

A fellow student

I'm 39 years old. I am a music junkie. I fell in love with beats at an early age and never took the step to make them. I have always heard things in my head but did not know how to get them down. The microphone idea is awesome. It's like a notepad for the brain. I bought my mpc and am ready to go. I am excited.

Richard T.

it must take a while before you don't feel stupid doing that. But then that's just something to get over I guess.

Alvin R.

I love this class. I had to familiarize myself a bit more with Ableton Live through an online course because I am a beginner to all of this. I just have music in my head that I want to share with the world. I'm glad Timbaland took the time to share his expertise on producing and beat making. I've uploaded the first assignment from the the workbook in the community. Let me know what you think.

A fellow student

What kind of microphone does he use? What kind of computer editing program is he using for effects?

Dale W.

Very interesting. I am a Poet who writes in meter and rhyme and some of it has been called Rap. I would like to translate it to music but have no idea of how to build from the words to the melody. Many people have said I NEED to get my stuff on tape and recorded as some musical type.

Esmail M.

Fantastic Job ! I am very happy that I got solution to a big Jam in beginning producing the music.

Chelle A.

I’d love to get feed back on what y’all think my music xoxoxo Exohchelle

A fellow student

This was so amazing to witness! Thank you for sharing your process. Loved it!


Im so excited to get started. I feel like my whole life has been building to this moment - no exaggeration. Thanks Timb.