Peter Antonovich Makienko worked as a teacher, school director, club manager in Novosibirsk region (1938-1941, 1947-1948). In Voronezh since 1948. In 1949 he created the choir of builders, who became the winner of many regional and All-Russian festivals. Artistic director of the Inter-Union House of amateur art of the Oryol Regional Trade Union Council (1961-1965). In 1966-1970 Peter Antonovich worked in Kemerovo.
In 1970 he returned to Voronezh. The head of the children's folklore ensemble "Zhelanushka" at secondary school No. 37, where, together with Ya.A. Halperin created a museum named after M.E. Pyatnitsky (1974). Editor of Voronezh State Academic Russian Folk Choir named after K.I. Massalytinov (1981-1985).
Author of many publications about folk art, Russian song. Collector of folk songs of the Voronezh and Volgograd regions, Northern Altai, Siberia. Based on the recordings of Makienko, the collection "50 Russian folk songs of the villages of Upper Mamon and Rossosh of Voronezh Region" was released (Moscow, 1985). Peter Antonovich has written many songs that are included in the repertoire of singing groups.