Aurélien Boccard is an experienced pedagogue, Aurélien has taught piano to children, teenagers and adults of all levels for over fifteen years in the U.S. and internationally. He is currently on the teaching faculty of the UMKC Community Music School and Dance, and the Languages and Music House in Kansas City where he teaches piano in French. On top of maintaining a successful private studio, Aurélien is also a sought-after adjudicator for festivals and competitions, for which his students participate actively with great success. Over the last five years, Aurélien has specialized in keyboard injury prevention using some of the most up-to-date approaches and methods, such as the Taubman approach, the Lister-sink and Alan Fraser methods. An avid learner, Aurélien is constantly training in new pedagogical methods to bring the latest research in the field of pedagogy to his students.
As a performer, Aurélien has been an active soloist and collaborator in Europe as well as the United States. 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. Aurélien’s love for languages has brought him to collaborate with many singers. He also has played for opera productions for the Opera Theater in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Aurélien completed his Doctorate in Piano Performance and Master’s in Musicology at the UMKC Conservatory in 2017, and previously obtained several degrees in German, Music Education, and Musicology at the Geneva Conservatory, the University of Geneva, and the Bern Conservatory. Aurélien also holds a Masters and Advanced Certificate in Piano Performance from the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville with Jura Margulis. He is a consultant for the Tomatis method, an auditory stimulation method that helps children and adults with issues such as ADHD, ADD, Apraxia, behavioral problems, Language integration, giving birth and depression.
Aurélien serves as the Coordinator of Music Progression for the KCMTA and is the president of the Kansas City Mu Phi Epsilon Alumni Chapter. He previously held a position as the representative of the Conservatory of Music and Dance for the School of Graduate Studies at UMKC.
In his free time Aurélien enjoys working out, traveling and watching science fiction T.V. shows.