Music Department


Faculty: Penny Prince

princeDr. Penny Prince (BM, MM, PhD) is Assistant Professor of Music at Lehman College, City University of New York. She is supervisor of music student teachers and interns at Lehman, and has devised curricula for a number of courses including “Music in the Elementary School: Advanced Techniques,” “Music in Early Childhood,” and “Introduction to Structure and Literature.” She received a PSC-CUNY grant in 2006 for her work bringing original college theatre to public school audiences, and in 2010 for her book, The Princess Musicals.

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.

Dr. Prince earned her Ph.D. in Music Education from NYU Steinhardt in 2009, 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 choreographing and staging it for public performance, piano pedagogy, and working with pre-service music and general education teachers, and piano pedagogy. She is on the advisory board of MEANYC, is a member of 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, and New York City Music Teachers’ Professional Development Events.

Dr. Prince is a prolific composer of musical theatre pieces, and has won 10 consecutive ASCAP merit awards for her educational and children’s music. She has collaborated on original plays with established playwrights, cast members, and students of all ages, 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."


  • Prince, P. (2012). Ah, musica. Crescendo, Journal of Music Educators Association of New York City, Fall, 5.
  • Prince, P. (Performance). (May 2012). Wonderful Flight of the Mushroom Planet. Bronx, NY: Lehman College.
  • Prince, P. (Presentation). (Fall 2012). Here’s the score, now write the script. New England Theatre Conference.
  • Prince, P. (2011) "Diving In." DETV Multi-Media Magazine Creative Woman feature essay.
  • Prince, P. (2011) "Go Green, Mom." Brandeis University Parent Blog feature essay.
  • Prince, P. (2010). Storytelling through collaborative musical theatre. Excelsior Leadership in Teaching and Learning. Volume 4, No. 2, 69-74.
  • Prince, P. (2010). Teaching teachers: reaching children through collaborative musical theatre. 11
  • Kean University Educating the Creative Mind International Conference on Arts-Based Education. Conference Proceedings 113-118.
  • Prince, P. (2010). What professors at Lehman College, City University of New York, are reading. Excelsior Leadership in Teaching and Learning, Volume 5, No.1, 108-113.
  • Prince, P. (May and June, 2010). Sleeping Beauty (Performance: Collaborative Theatre with Music and Lyrics by Prince), Lehman College and Bronxnet, Bronx, NY
  • Prince, P. (2009). Global warming: Good rehearsal techniques. Troubadour, Journal of the ACDA Eastern Division, XVII(1), 18-19.
  • Prince, P. (2009). Saying goodbye to Elly. The New York Times,“The Choice” (Blog). Retrieved from
  • Prince, P. (Composer). (2008, June 26 & 28; September). Cinderella [Performance]. New York: Lehman College.


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