Student Testimonials

Here are a few testimonials from Alain’s online composition students.

Alain has the ability to take what seems like abstract concepts and complex ideas and turn them into tools for writing music. It’s a deep level of understanding that Iv’e never experienced in 23 years of playing music. He has a high level of knowledge and skill and he knows how to pass on that knowledge to anyone willing to work for it.
~ Kenneth Schulte, San Diego Ca.
Alain Mayrand is as skilled a teacher as he is a composer. He probably knows 100 ways to approach any given compositional problem and better yet he is able to concisely communicate his knowledge to others. I’d recommend lessons with Alain to any composer who is looking to reach their maximum potential. – Olajide Paris, Tbilisis, Georgia
Alain is a great teacher. Although he knows all theory by heart, he loves bending & stretching the old traditions. Always inspirational & full of energy. ~ Christian Wibe – Norway
I’ve been studying with Alain for over a year now, and his lessons have helped me tap into my creativity, and improve my ability to listen. I’m a professional woodwind player, but working with Alain has helped me explore the world of composition and orchestration, which is something I’ve always wanted to do. He has an uncanny knack of figuring out exactly what you need to work on, and where your strengths and weaknesses lie! Thank you! – Braxton Hicks, Canada
Instead of taking classes at the local university or signing up for online courses with Berklee, I decided to study with Alain Mayrand. I found out quickly what a great decision it was! His one-on-one approach, catering every lesson to achieve my personal musical goals has been golden. He is deeply human and delightfully relational.

Alain brings great clarity to complex ideas. Every lesson is musically rich, mentally challenging, and immediately applicable to my musical situation and resources. He is a master musician and skillful teacher whom I highly appreciate and unreservedly recommend. ~ M DuBerry – Ireland

I have had the honour of taking lessons with the film composer Alain Mayrand for a few years now. He is a composer with a lot of experience to share with aspiring composers.

His warm personality, intelligence and humour always come through in his teaching and one of the things I really appreciate is that he always takes time to listen to the student and at the same time has a structured goal in mind to develop the student to his fullest potential.

I can highly recommend him to students of all levels.~ Eivind Rossow, Oslo, Norway

The amount of knowledge that Alain possesses is AMAZING. I found his teaching style simple yet concrete….from my experience some teachers tend to be focused orientated on just information yet very little application. I find that he balances both worlds.

But most of all, what Alain has that a piece of book or a website in the internet will NEVER EVER have is EXPERIENCE. This is the type of guy who clearly loves teaching music, is passionate about seeing his students grow, while being the type of person who keeps evolving himself.

The great thing about Alain is that he’s able to relate to me in an emotional level through his experiences and that for me is priceless…there are not a lot of teachers who can do that and I PROMISE you’ll never find t. He has shared very radical perspectives with me beyond just the normal music lessons that have really opened up my mind which I will forever be grateful for…

In the end, I highly recommend Alain as a teacher. He teaches more than just information…Alain teaches you tools, skills, principles that I know I will use as a composer for the rest of my life.

~ Pacifico Magno, Australia