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Peter Moran - Composer

This year in St. Molaga's National School we returned to the technique of composing 'Themes and Variations'. The students created their rhythms and melodes, later arranging them for different instruments including percussion, chime bars, piano and organ.

Students of St. Molaga's can download their recordings by right-clicking on the name of their composition below and selecting "Save Link As..."

Ding Dong
The Best
Sugar Is Sweet, Lemon Is Sour
This year in St. Molaga's National School we have been composing 'Theme and Variations'. Once the students had composed their themes, they then explored a variety of classic compositional techniques including retrograde, augmentation, oblique motion and even orchestration, using voices, chime bars, percussion, harpsichord and organ in their compositions.

Students of St. Molaga's can download their recordings by right-clicking on the name of their composition below and selecting "Save Link As..."

One Class Many Nations
Future Sounds
MC 6th Class
The Boss Track
Gamelan workshops for schools, universities and families are taking place regularly in the National Concert Hall Gamelan Room. E-mail for details.

The performing ensemble also run day-time workshops at festivals and other events when bringing the instruments on tour. To book the ensemble directly, e-mail
In St. Molaga's Arts Week this year we explored audio processing and movie soundtracks - a tall order for a one-hour workshop! With a halloween theme in mind, each group created their own interpretation of an old silent cartoon about a scary snowman...!

Last year I wrote an article for the Journal of Music discussing my Composition Workbooks for schools, my year as Composer-in-Residence at Caragh National School, Kildare, and running the Music Educators Orchestra.

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CMC Article on my year as Composer-in-Residence in Caragh National School

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I returned to St. Molaga's National School in Balbriggan for this year's Arts Week. The five 6th-class groups each had just one hour to compose and rehearse their own original composition before giving a final performance in the school hall. The students chose all their own rhythms and pitches and devised their own structures for the finished compositions.

Peter Moran - Composer
I am delighted to be a visiting composer with the Frederic Chopin Conservatoire in Paris for their Clavier Contemporain Weekend in February. I first visited the conservatoire in December to run a week of composition workshops with the students.

As well as working with individual students, I took one class of young solfege (music theory) students for a group composition workshop. Using a few exercises from a composition workbook I had produced especially for the conservatoire, the class worked together to create their very first compositions. We wrote and recorded these two pieces in just over an hour. La Pluie is a piece about the rain, while SCREWADMACT (an anagram of the children's initials) is made up of two 8-beat loops.
Peter Moran - Composer
New Music Alive! Book 2
The second in my series of composition workbooks for schools has been released by the Contemporary Music Centre.

The new workbook offers teachers a simple and accessible guide to using electronic music in the classroom in eight easy lesson plans with accompanying notes. The workbook also includes online games, and composition "sandbox" and a special "Chill Out Set" for listening in class, as well as recordings of compositions made by primary school students.

This is a free online resource supported by the Contemporary Music Centre and Dublin City Council.

The Music Educators Orchestra finished up their first year with a concert in Dublin's Twisted Pepper. The orchesta hosted an evening of contemporary classical music in association with Ireland's national Love:Live Music Day. The programme included works by John Cage, Steve Reich, Debussy and Satie, followed by the premiere performance of a new work composed by the orchestra themselves.

The Music Educators Orchestra provides a creative outlet for people working in music education and related fields. It offers members the opportunity to keep up their musical skills, develop new ones and to bring new ideas to their work.

For more information and details of upcoming performances, visit the Irish Music Education website or free online resourcefollow us on Facebook.
Peter Moran - Composer
Gamelan Residency with the Halle
In February I was invited to work with the Halle's Gamelan Orchestra for a short residency running workshops and performances with local primary and secondary school children.

Peter Moran - Composer

Upcoming Events

November 13th 2018

Performers: Juice Vocal Ensemble
Work: Five Juice Songs
Event: The Night With... Festival
Venue: The Hug and Pint, 171 Great Western Rd, Glasgow

November 14th 2018

Performers: Juice Vocal Ensemble
Work: Five Juice Songs
Event: The Night With... Festival
Venue: The Fruitmarket Gallery, 45 Market St, Edinburgh

November 14th 2018

Performers: Martin O'Leary (piano)
Work: Transcript No.4
Venue: National Concert Hall, Dublin

January 25th 2019

Performers: Prof. Benjamin Dwyer (guitar)
Work: Enharmonic Harmonics, Anois 's Aris
Event: Benjamin Dwyer CD Launch
Venue: Dance House, Foley Street, Dublin

January 26th 2019

Performers: Gamelan Jam Delapan
Work: Team Gamelan
Venue: Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

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