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Hans Zimmer

Lesson time 01:46 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.

It was very enlightening to the world I hope to join one day, and help me feel inspired and fully commit to this drea that I have.

Great class. Excellent content. Thank you for the opportunity to watch and learn from the best!

Not just about film music. It's fantastic storytelling lessons.

I'm not a composer, i am a budding filmmaker. However, this has been a phenomenally inspiring class. It has cemented the idea that story is above all!


Obby Weinberg

This masterclass is one of the best movies I have ever seen. Hans Zimmer is a star in many different galaxies.

Antonia T.

This masterclass was absolutely awesome. Poetic, brilliant, inspiring, and very useful! Made me think a lot about music, cinema, art, and life. I'll go now to play my recorders and my baroque violin and I'll compose something too! Thanks a lot, Mr. Zimmer. Stay safe! Many greetings from Spain.

Nellize C.

Ii's amazing to see how Hans is humble. I got really inspired and I finish this Master Class with a willingness to say "thank you" I loved it! Every single minute of it! Hans seems to be a wonderful person.


Excellent insights into a musician's life! I enjoyed it very much, thank you Hans for your openness and vulnerability. Your passion shines through your words and inspires every person to pursue their dreams!

Alison A.

This was the 7th MasterClass I have completed. Hans provides perspective, guidance via his experience, motivation/inspiraion, and an opportunity to witness the emphasis he places on organization. My favourite MC yet!

A fellow student

Wow... so in the last video 'lesson' I basically said that I needed to 'get to work' and I could not 'relate' to Mr. Zimmer. Funny how he basically told us to get to work and find our own voice. Listen to directors, listen to music... I admire him, always will. He makes some great music and has take me on some amazing journeys.


Great class and listening to Hans sharing experiences throughout his journey.

Ian T.

This MasterClass was amazing. It made me realize that I've been asking myself the wrong question at my current point of my musical journey. When I first started playing an instrument or writing, since I wasn't very good at playing it, I would just experiment in how I could be different or do something interesting because I liked it or I liked the way it sounded. Since I've spent near every waking moment to teach myself the rules of music theory and trying to understand why something works and why it doesn't. I've spent a long time making sure I know how to accomplish what is supposed to happen, but lately, my musichasn't been inspiring me. From a strictly academic measure, my music is better than what it used to be, it makes more "sense". However, I was reminded that an interesting story is not about what is supposed to happen, it's about the shaping the unexpected. What's unexpected is never supposed to happen. This class really reminded me that I'm asking the wrong questions to motivate me. Instead of asking myself what music can I make that sounds like _________, I need to be asking what music do I want to make. I was reminded not lose my voice in the race to sounding like everyone else. Incredibly well done.

David R.

My comment to the survey request: As an instrumental music teacher for 40 years, I found that Hans Zimmer communicated his perspective effectively. His ability to compose outside the sphere of traditional music and his ability to probe into so many aspects of creativity through questions, communication, story telling and exploration reveals a profound randomness to his style of music composition. DR

Jaime A.

Awesome Master class! it's nice watch a class about BSO focused in how to write music for the movie, characters, situations etc more than how to produce or more technically things!