Music & Entertainment


Hans Zimmer

Lesson time 3:32 min

Meet your new instructor, the Academy Award-winning composer of over 150+ films spanning multiple genres.

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'm going to try to put as much into words as I possibly can here. And I'm already on slightly thin ice here with language, because I grew up speaking German, and here I am trying to do this in English. And really, some of it, to be really clear and to be really precise, I have to go and point you at a piece of music, and just shut up and make you listen to it. Because that is my language. That's my form of communicating. So I apologize if I do my normal, which is just go around the houses, not stay on point. But it's all-- this is how I work. It's gathering thoughts. It's gathering momentum. It's gathering ideas. And sometimes, you start over here, and just so you know you have to end over here. Nothing is ever a straight line. And then the only straight line that I can offer you is when you listen to the music. You know, I'm not even saying it's good music or bad music, or any of that stuff. I'm not talking about this. But there is a fairly-- I managed to arrive at a clear thought in the music. And as you can tell from what I speak, it might have been a bit of a struggle to get there. So this is my MasterClass. And the reason I'm doing it is because-- partly because I feel incredibly lucky that I got to a point where somebody would actually ask me to do a MasterClass. And partly I'm doing it to show you what I've done and encourage you not to do it, to do your versions of it. Because I think-- look, if there's one thing I learned, it's constantly moving. I'm supposed to constantly be moving. And you know, the other thing I need is I need to have the next great composer, like at my heels already. I want to hear what the next great ideas are, and it's not-- I don't need it to be mine. But this has been a really interesting journey so far. This has been a worthwhile journey. And I just sort of want to reassure you that however much people discourage you, however hard it gets, at the end of the day, it's worth it. If you feel compelled to write film music, then do it. Hello. I'm Hans Zimmer, and this is my MasterClass.

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 validated a lot of what I found through my own struggle, provided great advice for struggles I'm currently in, and confidence for future struggles I can welcome with less fear now. Thank you.

Although occasionally scattered in direction, there are so many pearls of wisdom from Hans that make this course well worth your time and money.

A vast creative mind opening doors and inviting you to walk through... I finished a score by the end. He’s just brilliant, warm, human, enlightening.

It was really interesting listening & seeing into the heart of someone that is knowledgeable & passionate about what he does. Great illustrations about how to work with others to accomplish the goal to tell the story through music. Great class!


Kevin L.

Heart warming! I'm not scoring for film right now but for musical theater, so a lot of this applies. I also compose "precious classical music" (heh-heh). I am interested in how Hans Z draws the listener into the film without distracting them from the visuals with music per se.

Cody C.

I enjoy that he had a hard time quantifying his process. To me it speaks to the way he seems to feel his way through music in an instinctual way. I also like how he talked about having the end goal in mind and the acceptance of non linear progress.


I want to get into the business of composing for film.on Hams' level and scale. A beautoful career this far

Serinz 韓.

I am doing music as a hobby. Mostly metal music, often enjoy changing a piece of famous film scores to the metal. (Including his music.) In other words, I'm afraid I'm lacking in originality. I wish to get the answer, so I'm applying for his MasterClass. I sincerely hope to find the answer when I completed this.

Aris S.

Hey! Check out my bands new album. We are an indie/psychedelic rock band who just released a selection of songs. Feedback would be great, as many of the things Hans talks about (story, getting to know your musicians etc) are employed often across the album. Thanks, and hope you enjoy!

Rebecca M.

As a writer who likes to listen to his music when I'm going through a starting Faze, I was interested to learn about how he goes through his own process. His music has helped shape how I shape my stories, how my characters are built.

A fellow student

Cant say i am passionate about film scoring but i love sketching sounds across the canvas of time (as chicken scratch as it is now). More so ill be using the knowledge gained here for game music. Just the magic of giving a person a tool and seeing how they come up with different solutions to solve problems or how hard it hits home when a scene delivers just right.

Tommy S.

I am very impressed from a introduction! Can wait to move on to the next lesson!

Dawn M.

Loved this first class. Ideas I had never thought of which add so much more depth to the setting, character development and enjoyment of movie entertainment.

Judson J.

I Loved how he opened with Gladiator. I was so excited when I started this class, and I hope to learn much from my idol... The master himself, Hans Zimmer.