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.

Amazing class ! Amazing feeling ! Amazing Teacher ! Thanks you so much Mr Tim !

This class by Timbaland was a godsend. I just turned 65 on Feb. 28, 2019. I am excited about the prospects of being a Producer now. Wow! Thanks Tim..

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

I have learnt how to make beats with my mouth and I have improved with more knowledge about how music is created.


A fellow student

I'm a Venetian who needed to spark his videos with some cool beat and some DIY sounds. Thanks Timb for the inspiration, I'll be working on it!

Yoshee M.

I just finished my music production associates degree program though LA Film and decided that this would be a good course to follow up on and see how the "masters" so to speak, start from scratch. Needless to say, my mind is literally blown right now.

A fellow student

LITERALLY thought he blew my mind by creating Can't Say by Travis Scott, and wasn't going to reveal until the end. 8:24 picture "No you can't say if I'm mad or not Smoking hella weed, I'm on that alcohol And shawty lick me clean the way she suck me off I keep two hoes in my bed, I got 'em turning out" Literally a major hit right there


Most of my song ideas come from my humming the idea into my voice notes app then getting that idea out on ableton w better sounds

Alberto M.

Starting this class as a beginner in beat making. Have been around it for years and I believe alot of my buddies will get alot out of this.

A fellow student

 McDuffie I thank you for breaking layering down. As a beginner, that is what I struggled with.

A fellow student

I thoroughly enjoyed this lesson, because it was easy and entertaining to follow along with. I learned something new, and that makes me feel like I’m really going to get my money’s worth. Timbaland’s a dope teacher! I can’t wait to start making beats again.

Kevin F.

"I thought it was stupid." I thought about producing this way for a long time but I thought it was stupid. All this time I thought it was stupid. All man Timboland. How wrong I have been. It's any easy way to get the the sound in your head out.

Thiago S.

Nice!:)) I'm going to play with my Garageband right now!!!:DDD Thank you!!!:DD


I'm from nigeria and one day i will sit in the studio with timbaland next year 2020