The Contemporary Music Centre launches New Music Alive Book II. This workbook is a follow on from New Music Alive Book I, which was launched in 2009. New Music Alive Book II builds on the skills learned in New Music Alive Book I with a new focus on music technology. The project was funded by Dublin City Council Arts Office Arts Grants 2010.
New Music Alive Book II consists of a set of 8 lesson plans designed as a practical and fun introduction to the principles of music composition. The lessons were devised and written by composer Dr Peter Moran following a series of practical music workshops led by the composer in a number of Dublin schools in 2010.
All 8 lesson plans along with supporting material and additional activities is available online free of charge on the Contemporary Music Centre’s web site See banner on homepage or use link The lessons have been designed with 5th and 6th class, primary, students in mind however teachers from 3rd class, primary, to 3rd year, secondary, will find many useful ideas and resources within.
Born in Dublin, Peter Moran received his music degree with first class honours from University College Dublin and subsequently studied at the University of York with Nicola LeFanu, Bill Brooks and Roger Marsh, earning an MA and a PhD in Composition. Peter is very active in music education, working at all levels from primary schools to universities. He was Musical Director of COMA Yorkshire in England from 2007-11 and he is now the director of the Music Educators Orchestra in Dublin. He has been a guest speaker at symposia for the Orpheus Institute, the Royal Musicological Society and the Universities of York, Huddersfield, Edinburgh and NUI Maynooth. He has taught composition, ethnomusicology and community music in universities in Ireland and England. Peter is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre.
New Music Alive Book II was launched by Dr Patricia Flynn, St Patrick’s College Drumcondra on 1 April 2012. The launch included a workshop demonstration by Peter Moran of the Book for teachers. The Book will now be publicised and promoted to schools and teachers nationwide by the Contemporary Music Centre.

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