Since 1997, MusicMakers has been providing high quality music lessons on all instruments and voice, for all ages and abilities. Our Comprehensive Music Learning approach ensures that every student thrives in ALL areas -- not only learning their instrument, but technique, theory, history and even writing music -- so that students become Independent Musicians. Our affiliation with the Royal Schools of Music (England) allows our students to take a yearly practical exam, so you can see your progress & areas of improvement easily. Early childhood programs, school programs, etiquette, adults, +

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  Person Paula Penna, MMed., BMus.
  City Manchester, CT
  Zip Code 06040
  Address 517 Hartford Road
  Phone Number (860) 646-3096

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Paula Penna, MMed., BMus.


Master of Music Education degree in music education/arts administration (full scholarship), Florida State University School of Music. Bachelor of Music degree in music education, Manhattanville College, NY. Further studies in vocal performance at the Hartt School, University of Hartford. Taught in the public schools of New York and Connecticut for 7 years; has taught voice and piano for 19 years. Holds permanent certification in PreK-12 music education, State of New York and provisional certification in PreK-12 music education, State of Connecticut. Supervisory experience includes post as Associate Director of Educational Outreach at Manhattan School of Music, New York City. As a clinician, Vocal Soloist Adjudicator for the Nutmeg Show Choir Festival, Connecticut. Member of CMEA, MTNA, MENC, Musical Club of Hartford. Honors include Pi-Kappa Lambda International Music Honor Society, Full Scholarship and Teaching Assistantship, FSU, and the Presser Foundation Scholarship.

  • I would recommend this business

MusicMakers is a great music school. My girls have attended since the age of 5 years old and they have grown musically due to Ms Paula Penna.

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Customer Testimonials

It is with pleasure that I recommend Paula Penna as your college consultant for a music major. I have known Paula for about 7 years now as both a teacher and a mentor. She is incredibly knowledgeable in her line of work, works hard to achieve the best outcomes for her students, and is a great person to work with. Throughout the years of my college searching, she has been with me every step of the way. Whether it was helping me to find the perfect college that suits my interests or making sure the school offers productive and useful courses for a specific major, she always puts my needs first.

With years of experience in college consulting under her belt, she is keen on conducting the proper research necessary for college searching, always gives excellent advice for any college concerns, and understands the proper steps for applying or auditioning to the desired college. She has successfully prepared me for numerous auditions, helped me with the written part of my applications to cater to what the colleges were looking for, and really put her heart and soul into making sure I¹d be accepted into the school best suited for me. If I had to do the college search all over again for a music major, Paula Penna would be the first person I’d call.

During my 10 years as a student at MusicMakers, Paula and my other teachers helped me develop technical skills as well as the ability to confidently perform in front of an audience of 200 or an audience of two. The determination and self-assurance I cultivated as a music student proved beneficial when I entered the world of job and college interviews. Music has been very influential in my personal development, and Paula has played an important role in this process. She always encourages me to push myself and to exceed expectations, and is tirelessly committed to the success of her students. I know I can always turn to her for support and advice, even though she has helped me become self-reliant inside and outside the classroom.

I want to thank you for all your help with Catherine. You are an outstanding teacher and I am glad that she had the opportunity to work with you.

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