Music, Listening and Wellness
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An experienced pedagogue, specializing in keyboard injury prevention, Dr. Boccard has taught piano to children, teenagers and adults for over fifteen years in the U.S. and internationally. On top of maintaining his own private studio, Dr. Boccard is currently on the teaching faculty at UMKC Community Music and Dance Academy and at the Language and Music House in Kansas City.

Dr. Aurélien B. Boccard

An experienced pedagogue, specializing in keyboard injury prevention, Dr. Boccard has taught piano to children, teenagers and adults for over seventeen years in the United States and internationally. On top of maintaining his own private studio, Dr. Boccard is currently on the teaching faculty of the UMKC Community Music and Dance Academy and the Language and Music House in Kansas City.

Dr. Boccard holds a Doctorate in Piano Performance and Master’s in Musicology from UMKC Conservatory where he studied with Dr. Jane Solose. He previously obtained degrees in German, Music Education, and Musicology at the Geneva Conservatory, the University of Geneva, and the Bern Conservatory. He also holds a Masters and Advanced Certificate in Piano Performance from the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville with Jura Margulis. Dr. Boccard studied with many pianists and pedagogues such as Aleksandar Madzar, Bernard Demierre, Margarita Casadevall, John McIntire, Dr. Barbara Lister-Sink, and Christopher Lacy.

As a performer, Dr. Boccard has been an active soloist and collaborator in Europe as well as in the United States. A French native speaker from Geneva, Switzerland, Dr. Boccard's love for languages has brought him to work with many singers.  A Skilled accompanist, he played for several opera productions for the Opera Theater in Fayetteville, Arkansas. His most recent performances in Kansas City featured Debussy’s Preludes Book I, a selection of Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano, Chopin’s Fourth Ballade and Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand. Dr. Boccard has been the recipient of numerous national awards and scholarships, and was National Finalist in the 2016 American Prize in Piano Performance. 

Dr. Boccard is the president of the Kansas City Mu Phi Epsilon Alumni Chapter and serves on the board of KCMTA as the coordinator of Music Progressions. On top of his activity as a pianist and educator, Dr. Boccard is a Consultant for the Tomatis® Method, a sensorineural program that helps children and adults cope with attention, learning, motor and language disorders.

In his free time Dr. Boccard enjoys working out, gardening, traveling and watching science fiction T.V. shows.

 
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Complete Music Education 

  • Doctorate in Piano Performance, University of Missouri-Kansas City

  • Post-Grad in Piano Performance, University of Arkansas

  • Master in Piano Performance, University of Arkansas

  • Master in Music Education, Conservatory of Geneva

  • Master in Musicology, University of Missouri-Kansas City

  • Bachelor in Piano Performance, Haute Ecole des Arts de Bern

  • Bachelor in Musicology, University of Geneva

  • Bachelor in Early Childhood Music Education, Conservatory of Geneva

  • Keyboard Injury Prevention Certification, Salem College

  • Elementary Pedagogy Teaching Certfication, Royal Conservatory Academy

Other Education

  • Bachelor in German, University of Geneva

  • Tomatis Consultant, Level 2

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