When I was just starting my career I liked to tell people, I’m a winner of different musical competitions and that I’ve been involved in master-classes with world-famous pianists, later I realized that none of those things set one apart from others. There is a lot of musicians who win competitions, and are involved in master-classes with world-famous pianists and it doesn’t tell people anything about you unless you’re another pianist and you know what it is about.
What really sets me apart from others is – one of the best musical educations and many years of international experience.
I’ve taught in Asia, Russia, and America and it taught me different methods of piano teaching so now I feel absolutely comfortable teaching varieties of musical subjects. Now I have over 16 years of teaching experience. I'm also an active member of the Music Teachers' Association of California.
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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)
About 16 years ago 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 10 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.
Taken from: https://www.ivanshapovalov.com/about-1
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Before you hire a teacher try to find out about 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.
It is always good to find out about the teacher's education, teacher's experience, his/her teaching philosophy; styles and subjects the teacher can teach; ages the teacher feels comfortable with (some teachers don't teach young students, others - adults).