Solo/Duo Musical Theatre

Learn how to tell a captivating story through song with vibrant characterisation and strong acting technique.
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About the Solo/Duo Musical Theatre exam

Our Musical Theatre learners develop their acting skills through song. They use vocal techniques to convey the right mood, and engage with the material to form a thoughtful interpretation of the song. 

As they progress through the grades, learners explore characterisation through monologues or duologues, which are performed in character and act as an introduction to their songs. They’ll also deepen their understanding of the history of musical theatre by performing songs from a range of eras, and by researching the work and influence of one of its composers or lyricists.

Learners can either take their Musical Theatre exams by themselves (solo) or with a fellow learner (duo). 

LAMDA is recognised to award qualifications on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in England by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual), in Wales by Qualifications Wales (QiW), and in Northern Ireland by the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA). 

Not only do these exams give learners the confidence to perform solo or in groups, but it also develops their confidence for all situations in life

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What does the exam involve? 

Type of exam: Solo or Duo 

Time allowance: Solo: 10 minutes, Duologue: 15 minutes

  • Performing one song from memory (own choice)
  • Answering questions about your performance 

Please see the LAMDA Musical Theatre Solo/ Duo Graded Examinations Syllabus (2016) for full details.

Type of exam: Solo or Duo

Time allowance: Solo: 15 minutes, Duologue: 20 minutes

  • Performing two contrasting songs from memory (own choice) 
  • Answering questions related to your performances

Please see the LAMDA Musical Theatre Solo/ Duo Graded Examinations Syllabus (2016) for full details.

Type of exam: Solo or Duo 

Time allowance: Solo: 25 minutes, Duologue: 30 minutes

Performing from memory:

  • Two contrasting songs (own choices)
  • A short piece of published or devised text in character, leading naturally into one song 
  • Lyrics from a song as a spoken monologue (own choice)
  • Answering questions related to their performances

Please see the LAMDA Musical Theatre Solo/ Duo Graded Examinations Syllabus (2016) for full details.

Type of exam: Solo or Duo 

Time allowance: 

Grade 6: Solo: 30 minutes, Duologue: 35 minutes
Grades 7 & 8: Solo: 35 minutes, Duologue: 40 minutes

  • Three songs from memory with a short piece of text in character which leads naturally each song
  • Answering questions about your performance 

Please see the syllabus for full details.

Requirements

Full details of the requirements, assessment criteria and regulations can be found in the LAMDA Musical Theatre Solo/Due Graded Examinations Syllabus. 

Resources

All our syllabi are available for download, or you can purchase our full range of publications from our online shop.

You will need: 

  • Musical Theatre Solo/Duo Graded Examinations Syllabus       

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