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What happens in a Louder Drama class at school?

This depends on if the class is a Private class or a Group class.

Group Class

Students take part in acting games and improvisation exercises before selecting material to prepare for their LAMDA exams. They then work on this material over the weeks, culminating in a LAMDA exam and/or a performance at school. Students take their exams individually or as part of a pair. The acting games and improvisation exercises gradually impart each student with the ability to speak up and contribute without inhibition.

Private Class

These take place in half-period slots throughout the school day and can be attended by a single student, a pair or a trio. Students are excused from their regular class once a week to attend their speech and drama tuition (much like a private musical instrument lesson). These lessons are more focussed on the individual needs of the student.

What happens in a Louder Drama class on Zoom?

Your child will have a regular weekly time that they log on to meet their tutor. They will work on all of the same skills as they would in person as school, working towards taking a LAMDA exam when they are ready.

What are the benefits of a group class?

Taking part in a group drama class is a fantastic way for children to learn how to work together.  Participating in games and improvisation exercises will enable members to shed their inhibitions, strengthening their ability to contribute ideas without the fear of 'getting it wrong'. Students will then take these learned skills into their life outside of the group, enabling them to contribute more in other settings.

What are the benefits of a solo class?

Solo classes are great for students who would find lots of personal attention useful. A student who takes their acting or public speaking seriously and would appreciate intensive personal attention to sharpen their skills.  Students who particularly struggle with confidence would also benefit from the personal space to experiment with their voice in a containing and judgement-free environment.

What are the benefits of a duo/trio class?

Duos and trios are great for students who enjoy working with others. This is also a cost effective way to enjoy all of the benefits of personal tuition at a very low price point. Your child will still receive lots of personal attention whilst learning from their peers.

What's LAMDA?

The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art is one of the UK’s oldest and most respected awarding bodies. It has been offering practical examinations in communication and performance subjects for over 130 years as well as being a world famous drama school.
LAMDA has been recognised as an awarding organisation by Ofqual. LAMDA’s vocational qualifications sit alongside GCSE’s and A-Levels on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and at the higher grades will gain students invaluable UCAS points, which make them stronger candidates for universities.

What grade should my child be taking?

LAMDA has eight grades over three levels.

Level 1 – LAMDA Grades 1, 2 & 3

Level 2 – LAMDA Grades 4 & 5

Level 3 – LAMDA Grades 6, 7 & 8 (Bronze, Silver & Gold Medal Level)

There are also Introductory LAMDA and Entry Level Examinations for children who are new to memorising and performing.

LAMDA's vocational qualifications sit alongside GCSE's and A-Levels on the RQF. Below are the levels for comparison.

LAMDA Introductory and Entry Level – Practical Skills, confidence building

LAMDA Level 1 – NVQ Level 1, BTEC Level 1

LAMDA Level 2 – GCSE, Higher Diploma

LAMDA Level 3 – AS & A-Level, BTEC National

How many UCAS Points are awarded?

This depends on the grade taken and the result acheived. You can browse a table of UCAS points awarded for the various LAMDA examinations here.

Where and when does the exam take place?

LAMDA examine students at their premises in Barons Court most weekends, all year round. Alternatively, the exam can be taken over Zoom from the comfort of your own home. Louder Drama will organise this to make the process as smooth and easy as possible for you. 

The time it takes for a student to be ready to take an exam varies widely and depends on their own individual work rate. In practice, most students take one exam per year.

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