Ivan Shapovalov

Ivan S.

Bellflower, CA
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I consider teaching people to be a way of common development of human creativity, raising a student's cultural level up, instilling interest in music and arts, an explanation of the significance of music.
I see music lessons as an increasing general intellectual and spiritual level.

About Ivan S.

Teaching experience: 17 + years.

Bachelor of Music degree from Gnessin State Musical College (Moscow, Russia)
Master of Music degree from State Classical Academy (Moscow, Russia)
A course of jazz improvisation from Berklee College of Music (online).

Styles and subjects: classical piano, jazz & pop piano, improvisation, music theory, music harmony, and history of music.

Exam preparations: CM, ABRSM, and RCM.

An active member of the Music Teachers' Association of California.
Sonata/Sonatina Festival Chairman (Lakewood-Cerritos MTAC Branch)

Languages: English, Russian


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11 Reviews
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I feel very fortunate to have found Ivan, and have benefitted from his instruction in many ways. I began taking lessons with him at the age of 60, as an intermediate piano student. Ivan has a way of understanding your skill level and goals, and teaching you how best to practice on your own. His encyclopedic knowledge of classical music enriches the experience, but he is easily versatile enough to teach jazz theory as well. Ivan encourages performance at recital, and his students are always well prepared. He is an outstanding musician who frequently performs in public. Give yourself over to Ivan’s instruction and improve your technique, understanding of theory, sight reading, and knowledge of classical music. You will enjoy playing the piano more than ever.

Posted Sep 16, 2018
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If you are reading this review, of course, is because you are collecting information about great piano teachers in your area. If that’s the case, let me tell you that you should stop reading this review and contact Mr. Shapovalov without wasting any more time.

He just left our house, like any other Saturday afternoon for three years now, and every time he leaves, I have the same feeling of putting my son’s musical knowledge in the best hands (ever).

Our son passed this year the Certificate of Merit in Piano with a perfect score, and we thank 100% Mr. Shapovalov for such success.

Mr. Shapovalov is a great pianist, educated, polite, and kind. Our son loves him like he was family, and his performance just gets better and better. It is unbelievable how much he improved working with Mr. Shapovalov.

Mr. Shapovalov organizes recitals, workshops, and pre-tests in order to prepare his students for the Certificate of Merit test. He takes proud in his students’ success and works with our son using multiple approaches, all of them orientated to make the lesson fun and useful, totally aligned with the Certificate of Merit test expectations.

I feel bad it took so long to write a review about this fabulous teacher. I guess I didn’t want to share our “treasure” with anybody else! But seriously: if you are looking for a committed, professional musician, and stellar teacher, all in one person… contact Mr. Shapovalov. Enjoy.

Posted Sep 8, 2018
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I am DJ and sound producer. And i used to study Harmony and chord progressions with Ivan. He helped me to improve my theoretical and practical knowledge and teached me how to use classical musical theory in modern dance music. I really can recommned this teacher not only for beginners but also for advanced students who have lack of theory base.

Posted Mar 31, 2016
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Very good teacher, Ivan is kind person, but at the same time he is strict enough. He explains everything clear and can help you if you feel lost. I started studying music without any knowledge and Ivan managed perfectly. I strongly recommend him.

Posted Mar 14, 2016
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Thanks to Ivan for the best lessons and opportunity to take a bit of his experience! For me Ivan is one of those people who really love what they do and share their love with world and others. If you are looking for experienced, thoughtful, patient piano teacher who could not only teach and check your progress but be your guide in fantastic world of piano music you couldn't find a better man.

Ivan conducts his lessons in a very friendly manner and I'm sure that sometime you would say with great honor that he become your friend. And it is one more thing why it is worth to take his lessons.

Posted Mar 8, 2016
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Ivan is a very good piano tutor!

Posted Mar 3, 2016
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Up to me: i think one of the best advantage that he could explain complex things in rathe simple, understandable way (on fingers). I've learned memorized scale modes at the end! by his suggessions. Responsive at allmost any reasonable time. Quick feedback on any question. Democrative price. And of cource - to my mind you learn music by yourself and you should trust your instructor and then make the tasks, because nobody cancelled the one of the golden rule : No pain, no gain.

Posted Mar 2, 2016
Sara Angeloff
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I had an amazing time learning from this teacher, he has so many degrees and knows about so much! i am in my thirties and wanted to learn more classical piano but he is so patient with children it is incredible! I will tell all my mom friends to bring their kids!

Posted Mar 1, 2016
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My music teacher Ivan Shapovalov is a person who is not just a talented teaching their subject, but also instills a taste and love to the present classical music in his students. I am very thankful for the fact that I was fortunate to be one of the students of Ivan. He is a consummate master and musician! Thanks to his patience and careful attention to the process of teaching, his music lessons are joyful and easy for students. Ivan is a professional with a capital! I recommend him as a teacher all my friends and colleagues. Even if you are just a beginner musician, together with Ivan at you all must succeed. Ivan, thank you so much!!!

Posted Mar 1, 2016
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Thank you to Ivan for all his efforts: I really love the music, the piano,and his role in this respect was indispensable!

Posted Mar 1, 2016
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Everything was great!) Ivan is a very attentive & thoughtful teacher.

Posted Mar 1, 2016

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Master of Music. Piano
Sep 2013 - Jun 2015

Maimonides State Classical Academy

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Sep 2008 - Jun 2013

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Fluent / Native Proficiency


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Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation

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Moscow Region Ministry of Culture

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Ministry of Culture and Science of KG

Apr 2003

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Ministry of Culture and Science of KG

Honourable mention
May 2000

Ministry of Education and Sport of KZ


Music Teachers' Association of California
Apr 2017
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