Celebrity Faculty

(Above: David Lynch. Source: Flickr)

Twin Peaks’ director David Lynch will join the celebrity faculty of MasterClass in 2019.

MasterClass is a subscription service for the perpetual student. Its appeal: Classes taught by famous instructors.

The courses, which you can take at your own pace, consist of video lessons, interactive exercises and a series of course materials. There is also “peer to peer interaction.”

Occasionally, students may have the chance to submit work to instructors for critique. They can also ask questions via text or video recording. Instructors will post answers to questions that they feel best represent what students are asking.

A partial list of instructors includes: Gordon Ramsay (cooking); James Suckling (wine appreciation); Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee and Ken Burns (filmmaking); Helen Mirren and Samuel L. Jackson (acting); Steve Martin and Judd Apatow (comedy); Christina Aguilera, Usher, Reba McEntire and Herbie Hancock (music); Aaron Sorkin, David Mamet, Malcolm Gladwell and Margaret Atwood (writing); Annie Leibovitz (photography); Frank Gehry and Diane von Furstenberg (design and fashion); Serena Williams and Garry Kasparov (sports and games); Jane Goodall, Bob Woodward and Paul Krugman (politics and society); and Chris Hadfield (science and technology).

In all, MasterClass offers 50 classes “that dive into philosophies, processes and techniques, to help students progress more rapidly towards their own mastery.”

A $180 annual subscription provides unlimited access to all classes. If you don’t want to commit to the year, you can purchase a single class, but it isn’t cheap — $90 per.

For more, visit MasterClass.

About Larry Greenberg

A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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