Working towards a LAMDA Exam
The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts
Using the weekly private drama lessons, student and teacher are specifically working with the requirements of the LAMDA exam syllabus. Students take examinations usually about once a year and acquire certificates leading up to diploma level. LAMDA graded examinations are designed to encourage candidates from all countries and cultures to engage with as wide a variety of performance activities and materials as possible while developing their skills within an integrated framework of assessment.
The range of study options available both in the Acting and Speaking syllabus and in the related Drama & Speech subject syllabuses, reflect the many and varied contexts and cultures in which candidates experience, rehearse and perform different types of material. Examinations may be taken by individuals, by pairs or by groups of three or more.
All examinations offer candidates opportunities to demonstrate performance skills appropriate to their individual interests and aspirations. Candidates for solo and pair examinations additionally undertake various tasks that enable them to display supporting skills such as sight reading, story-telling and improvisation. Candidates also engage with the examiner in conversation/discussion in order to display their knowledge and understanding both of repertoire and of the range of techniques that may be employed for effective and engaging performance.’
Grade 6 and above also provide students with additional UCAS points.
For more information on LAMDA and the exams themselves, click their logo at the top left of this page.
"Some of the younger students I work with, are often keen to show their skills and enter their speeches and duologues in for examinations, festivals and other outside performance opportunities.
Although it is entirely dependent on the individual, the majority of the time, I thoroughly encourage this as I believe it is extremely beneficial to not only gives the student a goal to aim towards but also allow them to exercise and practice the performance skills they've been learning, in front of real audience members.
Below you'll find some more information about the drama exams which LAMDA provide but entry into this, or any other performance opportunity will be fully discussed in detail and organised in conjunction with both my student and their parent's wishes. "
Outside Performance Opportunities for students
Outside of the exams, there are also a plethora of other performance opportunities and showcases across the UK and throughout the year; such as Monologue Slam and The British and International Federation of Festivals, who regulate and organise many of the official Speech and Drama Festivals.
Occasionally Ali also organises a showcase of her current student's work, staged at a local performance space or educational institution but this is always discussed with all those involved and if any students are interested, as and when the need arises.