Usher's Art Of Performance 'MasterClass' Available Today

Other MasterClass instructors currently available include Dustin Hoffman, Serena Williams, and James Patterson. Christina Aguilera and Kevin Spacey classes to be available in early 2016.

Dec 04, 2015, 11:00 ET from MasterClass

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- 'MasterClass' ( announced today that legendary performer Usher's MasterClass course is now available online. Usher teaches the art of performance, diving into how to captivate an audience, prepare for live performance and create a personal brand. He breaks down his performances dissecting what he's doing. You can enroll in Usher's MasterClass at

Usher joins Serena Williams (tennis), James Patterson (writing) and Dustin Hoffman (acting) whose classes are currently available online. Upcoming classes include Christina Aguilera (singing), Kevin Spacey (acting) and Annie Leibovitz (photography).

MasterClass, a San Francisco-based tech company which launched May 12, 2015, is an online education platform making it possible for everyone to learn directly from the world's best. Each master teaches a class which is available online for purchase at for $90 each and includes video lessons, interactive exercises, learning materials, and workbooks. MasterClass was co-founded by David Rogier and Aaron Rasmussen.

Usher has been ranked by the RIAA as one of the best-selling artists in American music history, having sold over 65 million albums worldwide. He's won numerous awards including 8 Grammy's and was named the #1 Hot 100 artist of the 2000s. Billboard named him the 2nd most successful artist of the 2000s and his album "Confessions" as the top solo album of the decade. Usher also served as a coach for 2 seasons on NBC's Emmy award winning show "The Voice" where he mentored season 6 champion Josh Kaufman. Usher also founded his New Look Foundation in 1999 which empowers youth from impoverished communities to become leaders.

"Performing is part of my soul, my being, my everyday life. Teaching is my legacy. MasterClass enabled me to combine both of my passions and now I get to share it with the world." – Usher

"When it comes to the art of performance, Usher is purely genius.  Every detail about his presence, how he moves, breathes is mastery. We couldn't be more excited for this class," said Co-Founder and CEO David Rogier.

"Usher teaches tricks that only someone who has performed for decades would know. You not only learn about performance, but also the mindset that goes with it. It's fascinating," said Co-Founder, Creative Director, and CTO Aaron Rasmussen of MasterClass. 

Each MasterClass is priced at $90 and includes:

  • 10-30 video lessons from the instructor (approx. 2-5 hours of video)
  • Interactive exercises: for example, in Serena's MasterClass students can upload videos of themselves playing to get feedback from other students (and sometimes even Serena herself!)
  • Learning materials: workbooks and class materials like excerpts from James Patterson's first drafts
  • Lifetime access, with classes that never expire
  • Learning materials and workbooks
  • Accessible from any device.

Classes are available now at

View trailers for MasterClass below:
Usher MasterClass - Official Trailer –
Serena Williams MasterClass - Official Trailer -
Dustin Hoffman MasterClass - Official Trailer -
James Patterson MasterClass - Official Trailer -
Kevin Spacey MasterClass - Official Trailer -

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San Francisco-based MasterClass was founded by David Rogier and Aaron Rasmussen on the idea that everyone should have access to genius. MasterClass makes it possible for anyone with an Internet connection to learn from the best through immersive online classes from the world's most esteemed authors, actors, performers, athletes and more. MasterClass pairs world-class instructors with Hollywood directors and Silicon Valley engineers to create a brand new type of learning experience. For more information, please visit


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