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.
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"
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."
"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."
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
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!
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.