Ivan Shapovalov Piano Studio

Ivan Shapovalov Piano Studio

5.0 (1)
Best of 2022
6 hires on Lessons.com
4 employees
18 years in business

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Bellflower, CA 90706
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  • Natalia B.

    There're many music teachers and schools around but trust me - you want your child to be in Ivan's class. My daughter has been taking piano lessons with him since 2016 and to say that she tremendously improved her piano skills is one thing. There's so much more. My husband and I don't know much about music, but we always thought it's important for a child's development to play an instrument so we found her a piano teacher when she was 6. Unfortunately, she soon lost interest and would even say that she hated it. She stopped for a year and then our friends recommended Ivan's lessons. It was a turning point! She grew to love music - from hating to not-liking, to liking, to loving! Ivan seems to be diverse and approaches his students depending on their character. He's not just a great music teacher - he's like a psychologist too! I know I'm being wordy here but he deserves much more. If you're his student/a parent of his student, you know why you are in his class. Don't be shy, spread the word! Teachers like Ivan should be known.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Bachelor of Music - Gnesin State Musical College (Moscow, Russia)
Master of Music - State Classical Academy (Moscow, Russia)
Course of Jazz Improvisation - Berklee College of Music (online)

How did you get started teaching?

In 2004 Ivan's friends asked him to give piano lessons to their 4-year-old son. It was his first step in teaching, and it has helped him realize that he loves teaching piano lessons, maybe even more than playing the piano.

Within the next ten years, Ivan polished his professional skills as a teacher researching different piano programs and testing them in his piano studio. With his students, he tried different types of teaching methods known in Russia, Asia, Europe, and America, created a few music courses for children and adults, organized concerts and art events, wrote music history articles, works, and a self-teaching piano book.

What types of students have you worked with?

Age 4 and up

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Before hiring a teacher, try to find out things like teacher's audio or video recordings (performances) and/or teacher's students' audio or video recordings (performances). If there are no videos or the teacher doesn't want to share them, then maybe you should look for another one.  A professional musician/teacher always has some recordings and will be happy to show them.  

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

It is always good to learn about the teacher's education, experience, teaching philosophy, styles, and subjects the teacher can teach; ages the teacher feels comfortable with (some teachers don't teach young students, others - adults).