CMC launches New Music Alive Book II – an online educational resource for primary and secondary teachers

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.


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.  The Centre would like to thank St Patrick’s College Drumcondra for facilitating the launch of New Music Alive Book II.

For further information on New Music Alive Book II contact Karen Hennessy, Promotion Manager, The Contemporary Music Centre, Tel: 01-673 1922 or, web site:


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