LAMDA Exams - does anyone's DC do them?

(15 Posts)
morethanpotatoprints Wed 29-May-13 13:10:08

Thank you Pictures

This is good as time and money don't permit dd to have lessons yet, although we know this would be good for her.
It does sound like a good aid for those having had problems with speech.

Picturesinthefirelight Tue 28-May-13 21:48:11

No you can skip some like music exams and older students often do as long as you make sure they've covered all the theory elements of the lower grades.

morethanpotatoprints Tue 28-May-13 21:43:58

Hi Pictures

I don't know if you can remember but I posted very similar a while back and you were very helpful. We haven't booked any lessons yet as hard to find the time.
Just wanted to thank you again and sabotage this thread for a moment. grin

Do you need to take all the exams in succession or can you skip a couple and take a higher one, like in music exams?

Picturesinthefirelight Tue 28-May-13 18:54:48

For Intriductory levels they have to learn 1 poem then take an object into the exam (toy, picture or book) to initiate a conversation.

For Entry Acting they have to perform 1 dramatic monologue and answer questions about their character and the mood.

For Entry Poetry they perform two contrasting poems and answer questions about the meaning if the poem & individual words and about how it tells a story/paints a picture etc.

Picturesinthefirelight Tue 28-May-13 18:51:37

We offer them alongside group drama lessons. The students have 10 minutes a week for intro and 30 mins a week for Grades 1-3 private lessons for about 6-8 weeks before sitting the exam.

At dd's academic school they have a half hour group lesson at lunchtime every week of the year and do 1 exam a year.

SaveMeNow Tue 28-May-13 18:18:59

That's really helpful - thank you!! I don't want to be starting with Grade 1 then!! So really it will either be Intro (Prelim) or Entry level. Probably makes sense to try and do Intro (Prelim) fairly quickly then start working on the Entry level over a longer period??? Is there a set number of preparation hours per exam like there is for the RAD ballet exams??

Picturesinthefirelight Tue 28-May-13 18:07:21

Most of my students opt for acting rather than poetry/prose but that syllabus only starts at Entry Level The communication syllabus starts at Introductory. .

Picturesinthefirelight Tue 28-May-13 18:04:52

The levels go:

Introductory (Intro, Prep & Prelim)
Entry
Level 1 (Grades 1-3)
Level 2 (Grades 4-5)
Level 3 (Grades 6-8)

Picturesinthefirelight Tue 28-May-13 18:03:00

Until a few years ago Lamda used to specify minimum ages for the Grades (and asked for dates if birth). Now the restrictions are only suggested not mandatory.

The Introductory Exams (introductory, preparatory & preliminary )had a minimum age of 5-7 years

Entry Level was minimum age 8 and you had to be 9 years old in the day if the exam to do Grade 1

Now they just state that they do not expect anyone under 14 years to take Grade 6.

Dd is 11 and took Grade 2 when she was 10 last year (the old rules applied when she began aged 5)

I would personally enter a 6 year old for introductory and see how they got on. My 8-10 year olds tend to do Entry and my 10-12 year olds Grade 1 (dependent on ability)

sweetiepie1979 Tue 28-May-13 14:07:02

Ooh now I haven't got a syllabus in front of me. There are performance and communication exams. I think it could be called one intro on one and entry on the other. Can't remember. Sorry

SaveMeNow Tue 28-May-13 12:52:40

Ah - just spotted the Entry level exam. This is different to the Introductory levels?? So confusing!!

sweetiepie1979 Tue 28-May-13 10:35:23

I would go for entrance exam because it's her first and she's only 6. If she is super confident on and won't mind in her own in a room with an examiner then ok grade 1 but at 6 first exam if go gentle, though only you an teacher know. I've taught 50 year olds who began with an entrance exam. That is why there is no specified age range anymore. It's up to individual/teacher.

SaveMeNow Mon 27-May-13 21:56:59

That's great - thank you!! It seems like the right thing to do - but very reassuring to hear that you get lots of SALT 'graduates'. So would you recommend weekly lessons all year round with roughly an exam every 6 months (subject to ability-obviously!)??

I had a look at the LAMDA syllabus on the website but I was struggling a bit to figure out what age/stage the different levels were aimed at? My DD is 6 (just finishing year 1) - but has reading/comprehension age that's much higher so I wasn't sure whether she should do the entrance level or Grade 1. She has no problem with memorising things and often has loads of lines to learn for drama so that doesn't cause a problem. Difficult to figure out what to base it on!!

sweetiepie1979 Mon 27-May-13 21:34:45

Hi, I'm a LAMDA teacher. For a 6 year old you would probably begin with an entrance exam you can download the communication syllabus on the LAMDA website. I usually put my kids in for 1/2 exams a year depending on their ability and grade. I teach a lot of children who have been discharged from speech therapy but need to continue work on placement and pronunciation and of course confidence. I think LAMDA exams are fab for confidence the examiners are always lovely and the children get so much from it. They usually perform a poem and a prose piece then have a chat with the examiner about the language in the pieces and the content/story. Any more questions I'm happy to help.

SaveMeNow Mon 27-May-13 21:24:06

I am looking into them for my dd - (6) and was wondering how people manage the preparation? She attends Youth Theatre on a Saturday morning but they don't offer them there but I don't want her to change drama school as she loves it there. She spent years in Speech Therapy for Speech delay and although she has now been discharged she still gabbles so I think it would be good for her -plus she loves her drama. I was wondering what grades peoples dc do at different ages and what sort of preparation is involved?? Thank you!

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