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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.

Hans Zimmer’s MasterClass - has been the most PRECISE - UNPRETENTIOUS - INSIGHTFUL - INDUSTRY LESSON to date! A ‘must see’ for any aspiring artist and accounts not only in music and film. - K. Makwarth, Screenwriter, Dop, Director, Radio producer since 1988.

A firm, yet fluid consideration for one to ponder, as to what opportunities…of notes at synthesis, lay ahead, to be introduced…to the mind in motion!

Truly inspiring from a really incredible person. I can honestly say that hearing his experiences motivated me because what I thought were my shortcomings and roadblocks were his as well. That means despite those obstacles, he was able to do what he loved... and now so will I. Thank you!

Profound insights that can be missed without re-watching, taking notes, and trying musically. Amazing and inspiring class!


A fellow student

As if we could not already tell by his music, Hans is one beautiful human being. To get to spend this time in his company is already beautiful. To get to listen to a little of his thought process, and take his words as inspiration, is a gift beyond price. Deep thanks to everyone involved in creating this treasure.

Max Z.

It took me a lot to finish this masterclass. I am a bit disappointed but still can't elaborate why. What is really unacceptable is the poor quality of subtitle. terrible and from time to time they change literally the meaning of what you hear. Get better at it please it is important

Von N.

I finally finished Hans' course after a couple of years because somewhere I just started to write more and didn't have the time. :) I love that is how he finished off the class. Go and do it...write and grow and have adventures in telling stories! Thanks for a great class, Hans and Masterclass!

Matthew K.

As others have stated, thank you Hans. What I learned were some basic principles (story, story, story) and a few specifics (muscle memory syndrome). The context of doing it as the "classroom" for learning resonated with me well also. I look forward to more music from you BUT I also have inspiration to do more only own. Matt K

Kjell D.

It took me a very long time to get here, just for that one reason. "I can't sit here watching this I need to make music" But I truly loved the lessons.

Brent H.

I enjoyed it fully and absorbed it over a period of weeks whilst composing new tracks. Gladiator was when I fell in love with scores but it took me 20 years to finally understand it - and that even I, a mere bass player could compose for film! Hans will always be a huge influence

A fellow student

I enjoyed every minute of this MasterClass. I was fascinated, inspired, moved...I've already begun on a theme...question, answer...variations of the theme. Thank you SO MUCH Hans Zimmer! Continue to be blown away by both the Gladiator score and theme from the DaVinci Code. Awesome!

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.