LAMDA’s performance examinations use drama to develop self-confidence, physical presence and a strong speaking voice.
LAMDA’s communication examinations provide the opportunity to develop a clear speaking voice, positive body language and self-confidence by exploring different uses of spoken English.
An individual exam whereby the student prepares their exam content by themselves with their teacher. They will be in the exam room by themselves and receive an individual mark and feedback.
A pair exam whereby the two students prepare the exam content together with their teacher. They will be in the exam room together but will still receive an individual mark and feedback. It is possible for each duo pairing tor receive very different marks.
(Our favourite type of Acting exam – the best of both worlds! Only offered for Grades 1-5) A pair and solo exam whereby the two students will prepare one exam piece together and another exam piece by themselves with their teacher. They will be in the exam room together and perform their solo exam pieces in front of each other. They will still receive an individual mark and feedback. It is possible for each combination pairing tor receive very different marks.
A group exam from 3 up to 10 students whereby the group of students prepare their exam content together with their teacher. They will be in the exam room together and receive a group mark and feedback, no individual marks or feedback is given or can be obtained. A true team examination!
This is dependent on each child’s ability. LAMDA used to stipulate recommended learning ages which we still use as a guide and from experience have served our students well:
If your child hasn’t taken any LAMDA grades previously but has relevant experience in their chosen discipline(s) your child will be expertly assessed and placed.
We do not schedule time in lessons for word learning/familiarisation or researching/writing all devised scripts or speeches, time for this is set as homework each week and is expected to be completed by the set deadlines in order for progress to be achieved. Please refer to the timetable below for homework lengths according to grade. We advise that your child does not do all the allocated homework time at once, especially for line learning – it is best to line learn a little each day just like you would practice a musical instrument. The below times are the suggested minimum:
If in doubt of what your set homework is either email your teacher or learn your lines and rehearse.
New Tariff from September 2017:
Some things to consider:
Each child’s attention span is different. We certainly recommend certain lengths of lessons according to age and grade but then we also recommend what can be fitted into both the student and teacher’s timetable. Please see the approximate lesson length to child age and grade below:
This is dependent on each child’s ability. LAMDA stipulate recommended learning hours which we use as a guide and have worked for us and our students:
The more you practice the easier it becomes (technically!) Some find this task easy and a delight, others, well don’t! Our founder, Rachel Nussbaum, falls into the latter and always struggled through her own LAMDA grade learning right through to her professional life and her Dyslexia doesn’t help her! She’s found a few ways that work for her and her students’ who also find it sometimes an insurmountable task…
Please see our Private lessons page where you will find a fully updated list of lesson costs, grade and time dependent. We can offer small discounts to siblings in private lessons.
As lessons only become available according to teacher availability and their current student number you will be told as realistic a waiting time as possible on first enquiry.