The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (L.A.M.D.A) provide an examinations board with graded examination structure to an international community. Their examinations cover communications (Verse and Prose, Speaking in Public, Reading for Performance), Performance (devising, mime, acting), Musical Theatre and Shakespeare. There are individual, duo and group options available within those subjects.

 

On their website, LAMDA states

“From the elocution examinations of the past to today’s practical communication and performance assessments, LAMDA’s examinations have provided each and every learner with the skills and the confidence to succeed in life.

The process of preparing for and succeeding in a LAMDA examination essentially helps learners, whatever their ages or aspirations, to develop a broad range of skills that will serve them throughout life. Across the range, our examinations develop a learner’s ability to:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • expand vocabulary to improve powers of self-expression
  • improve confidence in speaking and listening
  • memorise and recall information
  • research and create persuasive formal presentations
  • create and defend arguments
  • engage in constructive informal conversation
  • work both on his/her own and participate as a member of a team.”

At Moon Hall our children benefit from speaking, listening and performing skills that can not only be used on the stage but also in everyday life. The art of speaking and communicating is vital to a children struggling with dyslexia as it gives them tools to overcome their challenges and achieve their goals. Through multi sensory and creative approach, our specialist teachers help them to learn in a way that suits the individual child. Dyslexic children realise that they can speak, perform and communicate effectively, and many find a hidden talent in the Performing Arts.

The individual examinations are accredited and recognised.  At grades 6, 7 and 8 points are awarded which can be used towards University entrance. These exams and Musical Theatre are delivered peripatetically in school at break times.

Moon Hall promotes this step by step approach to learning communication skills for life. Our children benefit from the structure and achievement that succeeding at these examinations give. Children who have been previously under confident, even scared, of drama and speaking, flourish and gain confidence as they achieve their goals.

The group examinations in Choral Speaking and Recital are embedded in the school curriculum as part of the speaking and listening remit of the National Curriculum. Group work gives each child in the school a taster of the examinations and allows achievement in a safe and secure environment. The group provides speaking and listening skills, plus a collaborative team approach. All the year groups will take a LAMDA examination in their classes during the summer term.

[1] https://www.lamda.org.uk/our-exams/all-examinations/communication-examinations

[2] https://www.lamda.org.uk/node/63

The LAMDA Graded Examinations reside on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). They are credit-bearing qualifications that allow learners to build qualifications in a unit-based approach. This enables learners to gain qualifications at their own pace along flexible routes.  The RQF permits direct comparison between academic qualifications (i.e. GCSEs / A Levels) and vocational qualifications (i.e. LAMDA qualifications and others).

Moon Hall Dorking Specific LAMDA Results  2018/2019

MHD pupils have received fantastic results again in their LAMDA exams this Summer, they achieved 100% passes at Merit and Distinction this is a huge achievement for our pupils all of whom took at least one of the exams. And some as many as three!

There are many subjects to choose from, Verse and Prose , Acting, Musical Theatre and Public Speaking to name a few. Mrs Aiken is our LAMDA teacher and can be contacted on kateaiken@btinternet.com  and kaiken@moonhallschool.co.uk for details of  private lessons.