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About Piano Forte Music School

Our Story

Marie Dvorkin

I started to play piano at age five. I graduated from Tchaikovsky College of Music majoring in Piano Performance. After coming to the US, I completed MA Degree at California State University of Long Beach with Major in Piano Performance. After moving to the Bay Area, I began my teaching career. I have fifteen years of teaching experience . Many of my students successfully completed student evaluation programs such as ABRSM, CM, and were winners of local competitions and festivals. My teaching practice is built on fundamentals of Russian piano school, which emphasizes on combination of technical excellence, musicality, and fundamentals of music theory. Learning other practices and methods in the United States allows me to be flexible and creative with each student. Along with strong basic skills, my goal is to develop appreciation and understanding of music in every child.
Our Process

How we teach students

Beginning students start with method books, Alfred’s Basic Piano Library is preferred material. From the beginning we emphasize on developing correct hand position, technique and knowledge of basics of music theory. Starting from early intermediate level, students are recommended to play classical repertoire from all four periods of music: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary, developing musicality and an understanding of each musical period. We continuously develop technique, finger dexterity and music theory providing range of exercise material individualized for each student.
Our Process

How we bring students further

Along with highly qualified teachers, Piano Forte creates positive, creative, and enjoyable, environment to bring the best out of each student. Students are encouraged to practice on a daily basis to achieve excellence in developing technique and musicality, as well as strong foundations in music theory.
Our Process

How we cater for students

Piano forte music school provides progressive piano training for serious students. It's understood that not everyone would like to go and win a competition and this is why pianoforte creates an enjoyable environment for students who want to learn music just for fun.
Our Process

How we bring opportunities to students

Along with end of the school recital, Piano Forte music school provides students with various performing opportunities around the Bay Area and beyond through out the year. That includes participation in festivals, music competitions, and workshops. Qualified students are given opportunity to participate in Master classes and perform at Carnegie Hall. Also, Piano Forte provides students with preparation for student evaluations programs such as CM (MTAC) and ABRSM (Royal Academy of Music).
Our School

What Makes Us Different

We use a well balanced approach to our teaching, along with personalized lessons to ensure students process fast on a strong base of music knowledge, piano technique and performance training

Monthly Tuition

We run lessons based on a much more flexible monthly tuition plan instead of semester tuition

Catch-up lessons

We know that some lessons will be missed on occasion. At Piano Forte, we offer catch-up lessons

Open all year

Piano Forte Music School is open all year round, even during the summer months.

What They Say



My son loves his lessons with Marie and comes home beaming. He's has become very dedicated and practices at home, it's great for his discipline! Marie is fantastic

Cecily Brown


Marie is the best! I am a player too and consider myself to have good technique, until I saw her play. She is giving my daughter excellent habits which has improved her skills tremendously.

John Evans


My daughter has gone from a beginner to an excellent player in a very short timeframe. She is so excited going to her lessons with Marie. She loves it! I've seen her confidence significantly increase also.

Jane Symth


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