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For the dad who has everything (or for any dad, really), the best gifts are experiential. And while a trip to Machu Picchu may not be in the budget, a MasterClass subscription surely is — and it may turn out to be as epic, exciting and perspective-shifting as a global adventure.
If you're not familiar, MasterClass is a vast buffet of smart, inspiring, beautifully produced multi-session online courses taught by experts and celebs at the top of their field, covering everything from music to space exploration, cooking to skateboarding, personal branding to public speaking.
It's affordable, too. Right now, you can get 35% off a family plan. That's a year or unlimited courses on up to six devices. It's a rich, deep repository of learning, growing, creativity and fun.
What's in store? Think leadership skills with Bill Clinton, drum lessons with Ringo Starr, tennis instruction from Serena Williams, restaurant-caliber home cooking with Gordon Ramsay, singing with Mariah Carey, basketball with Steph Curry and creative writing with Margaret friggin' Atwood. If you got into chess over the pandemic, you can take your game to a new level studying with a legendary grandmaster. And if you're pivoting to a new post-pandemic career, you can learn how to negotiate from a true master.
These are not one-shot quickie events; they’re layered, thorough, well-thought-out, multi-chapter surveys. Case in point: Hillary Clinton's MasterClass includes 16 installments, covering a vast array of topics, from discovering your mission to organizing your life; she even shares the never-before-heard speech she would have given had she been elected president in 2016.
Ringo's 12-part class covers technique, sure, but also drumming style (he brings in special guests, for illustration), creative collaboration and lyric writing. Shonda Rhimes’s MasterClass on TV writing is 30 parts (6.5 hours) and includes not only how to write and pitch your TV ideas but deep analyses of scripts from Rhimes’s shows, including Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy. Penn & Teller have a 17-part MasterClass; it teaches the fundamentals of coin and card magic, yes, but it also delves into the psychology of creating a sense of amazement and awe.
There are classes in photography, design, politics, filmmaking, ballet — all taught by elite experts. And this is the moment to sign up.
Imagine style lessons from Tan France. Acting class with Natalie Portman. How about Indian cooking with Madhur Jaffrey? Maybe you’re more of a naturalist. Dr. Jane Goodall offers a MasterClass in conservation. For photographers, there’s Annie Leibowitz. There’s even a course in authenticity and self-expression by Ru Paul.
MasterClass is an ever-growing treasure trove of knowledge, advice, motivation and stimulation, with something to delight everyone. For $180 you and your friends and/or family can indulge in the entire array of 100+ MasterClasses.
As Robert Louis Stevenson once wrote, “The world is so full of a number of things/I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.” MasterClass delivers these things in abundance. It lifts your mood, ignites your brain and sparks fresh energy and enthusiasm. Unlock access while this brief sale is in effect. You (and the dad in your life) will be so glad you did.
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