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Songwriting Workshops

Alan Penman

Alan Penman is one of Scotland's most respected composers for children and young people. 

His songwriting workshops teach children how to write and record songs in a fun and inclusive way that encourages teamwork and creativity.

Alan uses a laptop studio to record the children singing their own song, and helps with the musical arrangements.

He mixes and masters their final recording, which the children keep as an mp3.

"I loved Alan's workshops as much as my class.

We looked forward to it every week and I thought Alan did an amazing job at harnessing the great ideas and tastes of my class! They were absolutely delighted with the finished product!"-  

P5 teacher, Haddington Primary School

"The whole process of making the song was really fun."

"I enjoyed adding sound effects to make the song more scary."

"Alan was inspiring!"

Pupils from Macmerry Primary School


Choonbaboon YouTube Channel


Alan is the creator and composer of Choonbaboon, writing fun, exciting new songs for children from 5-11.

Choonbaboon can be used as a resource for teachers lacking confidence in taking class singing, as each song comes with a teaching video and everything teachers need to help make singing a fun and valuable part of the school day.

Choonbaboon reaches a global audience and new subscribers from all over the world are joining in the fun every day.

Click HERE to visit Choonbaboon!

Scottish Opera

Scottish Opera
Scottish Opera Vikings! Alan Penman

Alan has composed for Scottish Opera for 30 years, and is a regular composer for the hugely popular Primary Schools tour which has toured all over the UK and worldwide.

His shows include:

The Curse of MacCabbra Opera House

The Dragon of the Western Sea

The Last Aliens


Warriors! The Emperor's Incredible Army!

You can hear excerpts from his most recent show

"Vikings: The Quest for the Dragon's Treasure" HERE

The Curse of MacCabbra Opera House

A video about the new digital learning pack available to schools for "The Curse of MacCabbra Opera House" 

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Since 2018 Alan has worked as a choir leader for DanceSing, and composed their 2023 charity song "Together" (video link below)


He also contributes regularly to DanceSing Care, providing online singing sessions to the care sector.

His fun and energetic style is hugely popular with thousands of care home residents across the UK.

Alan Penman

Music Publications


Alan is a regular contributor to music education publications. 

He arranged, produced and recorded the songs for the new 2019 publication of Harper collins classic children's songbook "Appusskidu".

He has also made many contributions to Collins famous "Music Express" music programme

music express
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