Serious Training for Composers



FAQ: How I Write On-Screen For Lessons

As you might know, hand writing music is an integral part of the teaching approach with ScoreClub courses, and the most common question I get asked from students is how I produce the digital pen and paper writing you see in the on-screen writing demonstrations. The courses always have on-screen …

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Q&A: Understanding WHY

“Hey Alain, I come to you to ask for advice. I need help with structure and I am hoping you could perhaps point me in the right direction to discovering more about it. I’ve read/been taught about developing a theme and using variation etc. but rarely do people in books, …

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Me and My Counterpoint

Some questions I get about counterpoint: “What do you think of counterpoint? Is it a useful thing for a modern composer? Isn’t  it just an academic exercise? Do you use it in your film music? Should I learn it?” First, let me tell you my personal story regarding counterpoint. After I graduated …

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Q&A: Getting Ideas Out of Your Head & Moving Beyond the Same 3 Chords

Here is a message I received from a former private and current ScoreClub student where he expresses some very common problems composers face and that i have also worked through early on in my writing career. Hey Alain, hope you’re doing well. I’m in a bit of a rut and …

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“Orchestrating the Line” Testimonials

The new ScoreClub course “Orchestrating the Line” was released less than a week ago and getting some great reviews! Here are some of them, (all unsolicited btw.)     Finally a new course . I bought all of Alain’s classes and I can honestly say that this is one of the …

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The Return of ScoreClub’s First Course and Update

ScoreClub was launched initially with “Composer Training: Module 1” course. My aim was to create the kind of composition teaching I would have wanted to have, and I built based on 12+ years of teaching. The response to the course went far beyond my expectations! And through feedback from students and some help, …

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About Alain Mayrand

Alain is a working composer, orchestrator, conductor and orchestrator. His credits include "Elysium", "Ender's Game" and more.

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