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Hans Zimmer

Lesson time 1:57 min

Listen to Hans' final words as he closes out his MasterClass and as you move forward in your career.

Hans Zimmer
Teaches Film Scoring
From collaborating to scoring, Hans Zimmer teaches you how to tell a story with music in 31 exclusive video lessons.
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I hope you never to this stage, because I hope somewhere, a few hours ago you went, forget about this guy chatting to me about how to do things. I am just going to go and do things because I can't sit in this chair anymore, I got to go and do some music. Because I think that's what it all comes down to. This crazy, burning desire to get up. You've just got to bed at 4:00 in the morning when you get an idea and you get up and you rush downstairs to the piano because you now have to go and play. And it doesn't matter that you are waking up the neighbors and the police is coming around. Here's what old guys like me know. The seconds of your life are ticking away and they're better spent doing it than listening to me. And I wish you were already writing away at something. This has been a life full of music full of adventure and great conversations. This is the other thing, you get great conversations with directors. The weird thing about directors is they actually, most of them, they can tell you things that you never imagined. They can tell it to you in a way that inspires. So always listen to your directors. Thank you and good night. [INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PLAYING]

Tell a story with music

Hans Zimmer didn’t see a film until he was 12 years old. Since then, he’s scored over 150 films, including Inception, The Lion King, and The Dark Knight. In his MasterClass, the self-taught Academy Award-winner teaches how he creates sounds from nothing, composes compelling character themes, and scores a movie before ever seeing it. By the end, you’ll have everything you need to start film scoring.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

A complete insight to both beginners and Pros. Well touched topics.

Great source of inspiration, clearing some points, and giving us directions on what to do for reaching success !

Tech is not the most important, from this lessons I found the key of composing, thx.

Many ideas come up when listen to Mr. Zimmers lessons. He tells his way but still you have to find your own way.


Michael R.

I definitely enjoyed this lesson. It was well worth it. It caused me to start thinking about things and approach them differently. Thanks!

Ginger G.

Listening to Hans Zimmer makes the subscription to Master Class worth it -it is so wonderful to just listen to his stories, from how he recruits gypsy musicians, to a one note theme, to working with synths to large orchestra - I have so much respect and awe for his talent -his music always connects with me - I fell in love with his music with Prince of Egyt and have been a huge fan ever since! Thank you for this fascinating master class!

Kimberly S.

I binge watched this entire course. Now soul and biology will do the rest. Onward! Thanks, Hans. Thanks Masterclass.

Juan N.

Thank you so much to everyone involved! Hans, the MasterClass team... every single person. Today, after more than a year and a half, I finished. And I am glad to say that it took me so long because I followed Hans' advice before he even gave it to me: I was busy writing music all this time. This is so gratifying! On to the next one... best wishes to all!

Row M.

This was incredibly inspiring as I start out my composing career. I loved how pragmatic his approach is, and I had many 'a-ha' moments. Thank you.

A fellow student

Hans Zimmer is close to my heart, because he is one of the few composers that are able to explain that music is not a academic or scientific thing, but more close to storytelling, colours and conversations. Here is the thing: during all 31 lessons there was not one musical technical explanation on how his music is written. Instead he talks about keeping a "diary" of musical ideas, how to act when you are stuck, the passion you put in writing, the relationship with the rest of the crew, etc. I'm afraid that I've just followed one of the best masterclasses there are. Well done!

Christian M.

Congrats on finishing the course guys! Go and make some amazing music. If anyone wants to hit me up in FB we can share musical ideas

Andy S.

Sir I’m glad I did listen all the way. I will tell you that the part that will stay with me most is Doris.

A fellow student

This was great! I have insights I can use for future film scoring projects. Highly recommend!

A fellow student

Thanks to Hans Zimmer and the Masterclass team for giving us this amazing opportunity to spend our seconds, minutes and hours with such a composer. I agree with Hans that our seconds are ticking away and we should go and just do it - compose. However, listening to this guy is definitely worth the wait! I am going to make myself a quick dinner now and right after, sit at the piano!