Former Professor at Royal College of Music Junior Dept.

Piano Lessons SW15


Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student you will be in good hands with Mary Woolmer.

Mary Woolmer studied at The Royal College of Music with her mother, Kathleen McQuitty FRCM, for piano and with Herbert Kinsey for violin. During that time she won three Exhibitions, the McEwan Prize for pianoforte playing and gained her Performer's ARCM at the age of 17. She has done recitals in London, also in Australia and New Zealand. She has taught piano in several schools and at Roehampton University for some twenty years, where she also examined final year students in their recital programmes. She has also adjudicated at school Music Competitions. Her main teaching experience has been at The Royal College of Music Junior Department where she has taught for 39 years teaching hundreds of piano students and more recently has been coaching Chamber Music Groups.   Many of these students have gone on to study music at University and Music Colleges, and a few have been entered for the Young Musician of the Year.   Quite recently a boy of 10 gained the highest marks in the country for Grade 6, winning the Sheila Mossman Prize and £100. She has also taught hundreds of private pupils over the years, most of whom have gained Distinction or Merit in the Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music exams.


Mary comes from a musical background, both her parents having been Professors at The Royal College of Music, where both were Fellows of the College. Her eldest son, Christopher Woolmer, is a well known organist.


 Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music exams.



"Mary Woolmer taught all three of our children at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music. Her teaching was of such high quality and inspiring that two of them achieved Grade VIII with distinctions and Grade VII with merit before she changed her priorities to other instruments but Mary developed their love of the piano to such an extent that they achieved very high standards and accolades. Our youngest child at the age of 11 won the Sheila Mossman prize for the highest mark in the country at Grade VI. It was always a pleasure to know Mary and we consider our children were very privileged to have been taught by Mary and they will always remember her fondly"


Stephen and Elizabeth Farrant



"Mary is a fantastic tutor of the absolute highest calibre. As an adult learner coming back to the piano after a number of years, she has helped re-introduce me to the delights of playing the piano. Her attention to detail and focus on proper technique means that I improve my skills whilst also playing pieces which I enjoy."


Joanne Hopkins



"Over ten years of her coaching our three daughters (all musical, but different in terms of commitment and ability!) in piano at RCM JD, we really appreciated Mary’s approach – helping each to select
challenging but appropriate repertoire, achieving great exam results and always taking due care with technique. Delighted us, and can honestly say the girls enjoyed every lesson. All three continue to play, the eldest now with her own piano students, the younger two reading Music at university and very pleased to have acquired excellent keyboard skills to support their string first studies."


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Mary is an absolutely fantastic teacher, always patient and takes the time to ensure I understand the piano theory. I was nervous about restarting piano lessons as an adult but Mary has keep my motivation and interest up. The thing I like about Mary is she doesn't make you feel bad about your mistakes; she's really there to help you. She supports you and we laugh together when I make a bad move. I really enjoy our lessons, and I can't recommend Mary highly enough!


Sarah Butler



I have gained a huge amount from my lessons with Mary Woolmer during the past few years. Though I had been playing the piano for some 70 years, Mary's extensive knowledge, experience and attention to detail have been invaluable in keeping me motivated to improve. I look forward to every lesson and always learn something new, conveyed with her usual good humour, encouragement and patience. I am so glad that I found her.


Christopher Morgan