From collaborating to scoring, Hans Zimmer teaches you how to tell a story with music in 31 exclusive video lessons.
In his first ever online class, learn from legendary composer Hans Zimmer. Only available through MasterClass.
Watch, listen, and learn as Hans teaches his first-ever film scoring class.
A downloadable workbook accompanies the class with lesson recaps and supplemental materials.
Upload videos to get feedback from the class. Hans will also critique select student work.
Meet your new instructor, the Academy Award-winning composer of over 150+ films spanning multiple genres.
Hans has created some of the most memorable themes in film. Learn how he creates a theme, and how simplicity is his best tool to maintain a theme.
Discover how Hans approaches writing to story and his number one rule for film composers.
Learn how Hans works with directors, including what he needs to learn from the director in order to start writing - sometimes even before the film is shot.
Learn how to effectively have a conversation with the director throughout the film process.
Hans continues his discussion on what makes a great director and what makes a great relationship between composer and director.
Hans is known for creating unique sound palettes. Learn how and why he does it, and how to do it on your own.
Hans is known for his use of synths. Hans discusses how he uses synths, as he creates a song from his starter patch for us.
Hans discusses how to score to different types of scenes, as well as recognizing when a scene doesn't need a score.
Learn how Hans approaches the relationship between music and dialogue, and how music can be dialogue too.
Your editor is your drummer. Learn how to recognize the tempo to a scene and edit to it.
Hans continues his tempo discussion with how he scored an extremely well-edited scene from Sherlock Holmes.
Hans creates music diaries to each film to help him along. Learn how and why he does it as he walks through his diary for Sherlock Holmes.
Learn how Hans gets to know his characters in order to create memorable themes for them.
What makes Batman's theme in The Dark Knight Trilogy so recognizable? Learn how he developed the theme by thinking about the story and character.
Hans fell in love with the Joker, and created a haunting tune from just one vibrating note. Watch as he discusses how the story and character's impact on the story helps create the theme.
"Pirates were the rock-n'-rollers of the middle ages." Hans breaks down how he created Jack Sparrow's theme by finding the tone for the movie first.
For Frost/Nixon, Hans had to score to a dialogue-heavy film. Learn his approach to creating a minimal but beautiful score.
Learn how Hans accentuated the tension in the already-tense boat scene from The Dark Knight.
Learn how to find and write for the best musicians and instruments for your score.
Hans discusses the important of earning your musicians' respect and how to effectively communicate with them.
Hear from Hans on how he makes sure he's getting the best performance he can while recording an orchestra.
Not every score is perfect on the first try. Learn how Hans asks for feedback on his scores and how he approaches rewrites when it's not quite working.
The true test - learn how Hans approaches showing a score to an audience and how he determines if it's working or not.
Hans gives you the tips and tricks he's learned over the years on how to approach writing music.
Hans provides insights into how to make sure you aren't limiting your creativity when writing.
Learn how Hans fell in love with storytelling and switched his career from a "radio star" to film composer.
Hans discusses the importance of learning how to listen and dissect music when it works and doesn't work.
All artists struggle with the challenges that come with pursuing a life in the arts. Hear Hans' advice on how to never give up and never compromise your voice.
Hans continues his discussion on an artist's life, telling you why he was inspired to pursue the life of a composer in the first place.
Listen to Hans' final words as he closes out his MasterClass and as you move forward in your career.
Hans Zimmer takes you on a journey through story, character and theme, exploring how these elements influence and inform a unique approach to film scoring.
Richard WarpComposer from Oakland, CA
The process he takes transforms the art from simple notations and measures into a romantic conversation between Zimmer and the audience.
J.M. SmithGospel singer/songwriter
As a composer and recording engineer, Hans' class was superb! Nowhere else can one get an inside look at one of this generation's greatest composers for film music.
Chris HaymanMusician in California
This was lovely experience, inspiring and full. It's not about what you learn, because I just start learning the right way now. Thanks for your efforts
Ayham AmmarMusician in Dubai
Without the correct attitude there really isn't much altitude. My approach to music and story telling really has been torn apart and challenged here.
Darren BenjaminMusician in the UK