LAMDA - London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art have a very well established exam syllabus which students can work through.www.lamda.org.uk/examinations
LAMDA exams are accredited ie recognised by drama schools, and other colleges, and Grades 6 – 8 give students UCAS points in their University Application.
Students can also get much out of following the LAMDA syllabus on a more personal level. During lessons they develop their acting, speaking and reading skills, and the one-to-one approach enables their confidence to grow, empowering them with important life skills. LAMDA exams are a great way to work through a confidence-building system, complementing school work, and focusing on the practical side of acting, communication and presentation skills.
There is little or no written work.
Students present their pieces at a showcase (optional) before taking their exams and both this and the exams take place at the Riverhouse Barn in Walton-on-Thames. Exams are a positive experience for the students, for which they feel well prepared. When students receive their results they are presented with a certificate and feedback from the examiner. So far, results have been excellent!
For Grades 1 – 5, there is a recommended 10 - 12 week preparation period, this varies slightly according to individual needs. Students attend 30 mins lessons. Grade 6 – 8 have a longer preparation period, and students attend 40 / 50 mins lessons. Lessons take place at Jo’s home in Walton, on week days after school and Saturday mornings.
These vary and change, according to student demand, so contact Jo to get a current update of costs and lesson availability.