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MasterClass: College students get one-year subscription for $1

MasterClass is offering $1 yearlong subscriptions to their platform featuring classes taught by Simone Biles, Gordon Ramsay, Misty Copeland and more
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Expand your class list this year with a MasterClass subscription and take courses like photography with Annie Leibovitz or skateboarding with Tony Hawk. MasterClass; Getty Images

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MasterClass is offering college students a yearlong subscription to its platform for only $1. The discounted subscription comes as students across the nation are experiencing college differently this semester, due to coronavirus. To support students and rally around them, MasterClass is slashing the price on courses that would otherwise cost $180, for one day only on Sept. 17. Students must have a valid .edu email address or proof of college registration to be eligible for the discount.

As NBC News previously reported, internships and interviews are being compromised due to coronavirus. However, these online courses aim to give college students real-world experiences as taught by over 85 instructors (many of whom may include their favorite celebrities). The classes range across subjects, including music and entertainment, culinary arts, science and technology, film and TV, writing and more. For example, you could learn about applied physics from Simone Biles’s gymnastic class or organic chemistry from Gordon Ramsay’s cooking class. The courses are available to stream on a variety of devices, including smartphones, desktop computers and TVs. The special offer is only active for 24 hours and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on Sept. 17, so if you think your student could benefit from a subscription, you may want to shop fast.

3 noteworthy MasterClass courses

To help guide you through the plethora of courses offered with a MasterClass subscription, we rounded up a few classes to consider should you sign up (or gift a subscription).

1. Producing and Beatmaking by Timbaland

Timbaland, the Grammy-winning producer, known for his work with Aaliyah, Missy Elliott and Justin Timberlake, shares insight on how he crafts his Billboard chart-topping beats. You’ll see him in the studio creating a simple instrumental with his voice and a microphone to layering more complex vocals and finding a hook. Throughout the course, which consists of 15 sessions amounting to just over three hours, you’ll learn sampling, how to create a structure and melody, tips on capturing inspiration and more.

2. Art of Negotiation by Chris Voss

Chris Voss is a former FBI hostage negotiator who has been faced with communicating with terrorists, bank robbers, kidnappers and more. Equipped with field-tested strategies, Voss will walk you through negotiation techniques like mirroring and labeling plus observing body language and speech patterns. As part of this 18-session course, totaling up to just over three hours, you’ll learn communication skills, human nature insights and tips on navigating everyday negotiations such as improving your salary or relationships.

3. Ballet Technique and Artistry by Misty Copeland

Students interested in learning more about ballet can sign up for Misty Copeland's Ballet Technique and Artistry. Copeland is the first African American female to become a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre in New York. She is the author of “Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way To a Leaner, Stronger, and More Graceful You” and has been inspiring dancers across the country, myself included, with her story of overcoming obstacles and passion for her craft. In the course, she will cover everything from proper posture and alignment as well as ballet techniques during warm-up at the barre, to finding the right pointe shoes and best practices to wear them in when gearing up for a performance. She also touches on her goals of continuing to bring more diversity and inclusion into ballet. The course includes 17 sessions adding up to nearly two hours.

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