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Kim Davenport, M.M.

Part-Time Lecturer
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Northwestern University
Music (Piano)
University of Washington Seattle
Arts (Music)
University of Washington Seattle

Kim Davenport has been working as a professional musician since her teen years, with extensive work as a collaborative artist. As a performer, she is primarily interested in new and under-represented works. Her primary focus in recent years has been to perform and record solo and chamber works of African American composers, most notably her 2022 album featuring Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s complete Twenty-Four Negro Melodies, Op.59.

Kim holds undergraduate degrees in music and piano performance from the University of Washington, and completed her Master of Music in piano performance at Northwestern University.

Kim is active in the vibrant musical community of Tacoma, Washington, where she maintains a private piano studio, teaches at both the University of Washington Tacoma and the University of Puget Sound, and performs regularly around the city. She is especially interested in drawing connections between her life as a musician and her more academic research and writing interests. She is a published scholar of local history, with a focus on Tacoma’s musical past. Her textbook for use in non-major music classes, “Learning to Listen,” was published in May 2023.

Selected Publications

Learning to Listen. Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2023.

Sounds of our City: Twenty-One Musical Tales from Tacoma History. THS Press, 2021.

Tacoma’s Lincoln District. Arcadia Publishing, 2018.

Tacoma’s Theater District. Arcadia Publishing, 2015.