Kaley Eaton

Kaley E.

Seattle, WA
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Intermediate, Advanced
I have a master's in vocal performance and am excited to teach serious middle school, high school, and adult students who are seeking entrance into degree programs or preparing auditions and performances.

About Kaley E.

I have over 10 years experience teaching both private and group lessons, in diverse communities ranging from public schools in LA to theatre groups in Boston. Currently, I am an Associate Professor of Music at Cornish College of the Arts where I teach primarily voice, composition, music technology. As an accomplished professional composer with both a masters in voice and education, as well as a doctorate in music composition, my artistic life shows that I can provide meaningful mentorship to students of all levels who wish to grow their musical life. I prefer to work with serious voice and composition students age 12 and up.

As the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, I am teaching online lessons via Zoom ONLY. I am equipped with state-of-the-art audio technology to serve our lessons, which has been wildly successful in both my studio and at Cornish!

Teaching young students to sing and use their voice to their full potential and watching how this grows their confidence! I also love ushering composition students to creative "ah-ha" moments where they discover their OWN voice and aesthetic.


A conservatory-trained classical pianist and vocalist who fell into creating electronic music shortly after a stint playing Baroque lute, Seattle composer Kaley Lane Eaton’s music is colored by this eclecticism, expressing a preoccupation with harmony, improvisation, storytelling, emotion, physical gesture, and vocal virtuosity. Her work has been performed across the US and internationally, in venues ranging from Hong Kong concert halls, to the streets of Skid Row in Los Angeles. Her “disconcertingly lovely” (Seattle Magazine) compositions are quickly gaining notoriety for combining innovative digital technology with ancient performance practices, questioning humanity’s growing dependence on technology and the resulting exploitation of human connection.

Eaton's work has garnered recent support from the Jack Straw Cultural Center (2020 Artist Support Program), ASCAP (2019 Plus Award), Seattle Office of Arts and Culture (2019 CityArtist Award), the Allied Arts Foundation (2018 Listen Up! Grants for Composers grantee), the International Alliance for Women in Music (2017 Pauline Oliveros New Genre prize for lily [bloom in my darkness]), the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences (2017 Distinguished Holland and Knight Fellowship), the Atlantic Center for the Arts (2017 Associate Artist), and 4Culture (2017 Tech-Specific Grant). In 2019, her work BIG DATA for clarinet, string quartet, and 3D electronics was commissioned and premiered by Derek Bermel and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra as part of the inaugural season in the new Octave 9 space.

In addition to frequently performing her own work as a vocalist and laptop wizard, she is an avid collaborator, enjoying both traditional commissions and unconventional creation with choreographers, solo artists and chamber ensembles across the country. With flutist/composer Leanna Keith and violist/composer Heather Bentley, Eaton co-directs Kin of the Moon, an improvisation-centric and technology-friendly chamber troupe in Seattle. KOTM reflects Eaton, Keith, and Bentley’s collective values: that the pursuit of higher vibrational states, whether through Music, movement, artistic creation, scholarship, or any kind of curiosity, is the destiny of humanity, and is the birthright of every person on this beautiful planet.

As a writer with particular interest in the role of classical music's relationship to feminism, education, and our larger culture, Eaton has been published by KING FM's Second Inversion ("Women, Creativity, and the Classroom" (2016) and "Reflections on Wilderness" (2017)) and Common Tone Arts ("Things I wish I had known when I thought I couldn't be a composer" (2017)).

Eaton holds a DMA in composition from the University of Washington and teaches composition, voice, theory, and music technology at Cornish College of the Arts. She lives in a little blue house in Seattle with her partner Rian, dog Nikos, and the many, many plants, birds, bugs, and slugs in their garden.


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2 Reviews
Julia L.
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My daughter likes the teacher a lot.
She already got a lots advice for her first solo concert!

Posted May 31, 2018
Deborah A.

Great piano and voice teacher

Ms. E combined talents as an accomplished pianist and singer were a blessing for our daughter. Under her tutelage she has blossomed into a lovely musician. When she decided to take on voice as well Ms.E skillfully guided her and wisely allowed her to choose music she loved.

We miss her energy and unique abilities as a teacher to inspire a love of music. Her weekly visits were always met with great anticipation and left our daughter singing up the stairs.

Posted Oct 1, 2013

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Jan 2018 - Present

Seattle Pacific University

Teaching courses in music technology and composition.

Teaching Artist
Sep 2016 - Present

Seattle Symphony

I teach at Benaroya Hall's Soundbridge and develop units and residencies in public schools.

Predoctoral Instructor
Sep 2014 - Present

University of Washington

I teach undergraduate courses in music theory and composition, elementary to advanced.


Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA), Composition
Sep 2014 - Jun 2017

University of Washington

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
Jun 2013 - Jun 2014

Bard College

Master of Music (MM), Vocal Performance
Aug 2011 - May 2012

Longy School of Music of Bard College

Bachelor of Arts in Music, Vocal Performance
Aug 2006 - May 2010

Whitman College



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Holland and Knight Distinguished Fellowship
Oct 2017

Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences

Pauline Oliveros New Genre Prize
Jun 2017

International Alliance for Women in Music

Tech Specific Grant
Jan 2017


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