Speech and Drama
Why Speech and Drama lessons are important.
Those who work in Speech & Drama know that it is important, but we are not always easily able to communicate this understanding. At the center of all Drama is communication, and like all the arts, Drama allows students to communicate with and understand others in new ways, while providing training in the very practical aspects of communication so necessary in today's information-centered world.
Organizations such as LAMDA have been offering speech and drama examinations to the public since the 1880’s and these examinations have been refined and developed over the years to form a comprehensive system of performance and progress evaluation in speech and drama. The Academy's mission is to improve standards in communication through the spoken word, nurture an appreciation of literature and support creative and social development.
Speech & Drama is an important means of stimulating creativity, and can challenge students’ perceptions about the world and themselves. Using dramatic exploration, students have alternative outlet for emotions and thoughts that they might not otherwise have means to express. A student can, if only for a few moments, transform themselves into another person, explore new roles, experiment with choices and solutions to real problems from their own life, or problems faced by characters in literature or history.
Students who have participated in Dramatic activities are less likely to have difficulty speaking in public, will be more persuasive in their communications, will be better able to put empathise with character’s and their peers, and will have a more confident self image. Skills such as self control and discipline are the positive side-effect of this kind of training and will serve the student well in all aspects of life. Students also learn team work, and to listen to and accept the viewpoints and contributions of others. Drama also promotes active learning, and studies have shown again and again that this approach yields greater depth of understanding and a marked improvement in retention. LAMDA examinations are a great way of gaining confidence through communication and performance, expanding theatrical knowledge and practical skills, while achieving recognized qualifications.
In addition to its essential educational value, Drama can lend support to the rest of the school curriculum, since communication and empathy are central to this learning. A student, who has explored these concepts in a Drama classroom, will be better able to understand ideas in History and Current Events while the link between Dramatic Arts and subjects such as English, History, Social Studies, and related areas are self-evident. The study of literature would be virtually impossible without Drama. As there are important periods of our collective literary history in which mostly all of the surviving literature is dramatic. Students learn in an informative and invigorating way, which can help them with their school work and general knowledge. LAMDA exams are flexible and offer a variety of disciplines where students can take exams on their own or as part of a larger group with friends and peers.
For students applying to university, LAMDA is an equally valuable experience. More and more universities are looking for well-rounded individuals with enthusiasm and lots to talk about. LAMDA can spark conversations in interviews about writers, favorite plays, context and research, while the exams from grade 6-8 are counted as A-levels and earn valuable UCAS points to get into their first choice universities.
Speech & Drama education is able to accomplish several goals at once while enriching students' school experience through Art as well as reinforcing traditional academics therefore it is well worth the time to explore the benefits this could have for your children now, and in their futures.
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