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Department of Music, Multimedia, Theatre & Dance


Faculty Penny Prince

Penny PrinceEmail:
Phone: 718-960-7796
Office: Music Building, Room 311
Office Hours: M 12:00-3:00pm; and by appointment 
Rank: Associate Professor 
Degrees and Sources of Degrees: B.M., M.M., Manhattan School of Music; Ph.D., New York University

Dr. Penny Prince (BM, MM, PhD) is Associate Professor of Music at Lehman College, City University of New York. She is Music Graduate Coordinator, and Supervisor of the music student teachers and interns at Lehman. Dr. Prince has devised curricula for a number of courses including “Music in the Elementary School: Advanced Techniques,” “Music in Early Childhood,” and “Piano for Music Educators.” She received several PSC-CUNY grants for her original collaborative musical theatre productions which she composes and directs each year, and for her academic research; and was awarded a Bronx Recognizes Its Own award by the Bronx Council for the Arts, and the Outstanding Educator Award from the Music Educators Association of New York City, in 2015. 
Dr. Prince received her BM and MM in piano from Manhattan School of Music where she studied with the legendary Zenon Fishbein. She has concertized throughout the New York area, and performed the Ravel Piano Concerto in G with orchestra and in master class with Gina Bachauer. Upon graduation from Manhattan School, she received the Sylvia Bruck Award. 

She earned her Ph.D. in Music Education from NYU Steinhardt, and was awarded the Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women’s 125th Year Fellowship. Her doctoral research focused on Co-creating Cinderella: Examining and Documenting a Collaboratory Musical Theatre Process. Interests include working with participants on all aspects of a musical, from retelling a story to staging it for public performance, piano pedagogy, working with pre-service music and general education teachers on the topic of taking cues from students, and supporting the Lehman community to make it a supportive, informed college for Reentry students, after incarceration, for which she won a Thrive Grant for Reentry at Lehman from the College and Community Fellowship, June, 2018 . She is on the advisory board of MEANYC, the editorial review board of Excelsior Journal for Leadership in Teaching and Learning, and is a frequent presenter at conferences including NYSSMA, NYACTE, NYU’s Educational Theatre Pedagogy, The Dramatists Guild, and Manhattan School of Music’s Outreach for Music Education.

Dr. Prince is a prolific composer of musical theatre pieces, and winning 14 ASCAP merit awards for her educational, theatrical, and children’s music. She has collaborated on original plays with established playwrights, cast members, and students of all ages in addition to her plays at Lehman, including works for the Manhattan School of Music Summer Program, the Renaissance After School Program of P.S.9M, the Multiple Intelligences School at P.S.37x, the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, and various community centers. She has written songs for noted performers including Tovah Feldshuh, with works broadcast on radio and cable television. Dr. Prince’s musicals staged at Lehman College have included "Rapunzel," "Cinderella," "Rumpelstiltskin," "When I Get To Where I’m Going," "Sleeping Beauty," and "Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet."

Recent Publications

  • Prince, Penny (2018) When I Get To Where I’m Going ’18: Original score for the musical presented in Spring, 2018 at Lehman College, the Bronx Library Center, and on Bronxnet Television.
  • Prince, Penny (2017) Rapunzel’17: Original score for the musical.
  • Prince, Penny (2017) “Collaborative Musical Theatre: A Nearly All-Encompassing Teaching Tool,” Chapter 6 in Challenges Associated with Cross-Cultural and At-Risk Student Engagement. Published by IGI Global.
  • Prince, Penny (2017) “What do we do with student cues in the elementary music classroom?” Music Educators Journal Vol. 103: 2.
  •  Prince, Penny. (2017). For Your Library: Oxford Handbook of music education. Music
  • Educators Journal, 104 #2.Prince, Penny (2017) How Can Lehman Serve? – CUNY University Faculty Senate
  • Prince, Penny (2016) “For Your Library: Book Review of Reflections on Ravel’s Piano Music.” MusicEducators Journal Vol. 102: 3.

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