AFD Vocal & Performance Coaching


  1. Pick the Right Grade:
    • Consult with your vocal/singing teacher to find the grade that suits your current level best. Strike the right balance—neither too easy nor too challenging. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to start at grade 1!
  2. Diverse Song Selection:
    • Select songs that comply with your exam board’s guidelines while also allowing you to showcase your skills as a vocalist and performer. Some exam boards require you to select from a set list whilst others have more of a free choice. It’s always best to include a pre-1960s piece (golden age) alongside contemporary pieces that explore various characters and emotions. Most exam boards will not allow you to sing more than 1 song from the same musical or composer/lyricist.
  3. Nail Your Introductions:
    • Memorise compelling and informative introductions for each piece. As a rule of thumb, the higher the grade, the longer the intro should be. The introductions should include; title of song, the musical it is from, what year the musical was written, who wrote the song, what is the name of your character and some facts about either the character, show or composer/lyricist.
  4. Early Written Programme Prep:
    • Most exam boards either require or like to see a written programme. Prepare your written programme well in advance. Include facts, rehearsal notes, and details about your learning journey to showcase your dedication. For the younger kids, photos and drawings are a great idea!
  5. Understand Assessment Criteria:
    • Familiarise yourself with what the examiners are looking for—vocal technique, interpretation, and communication. Ensure your performance meets these criteria. A well trained singing teacher or vocal coach will be able to help navigate this for you.
  6. Stay Organised:
    • Keep everything in a tidy folder ready to take with you to the exam. Have your ID, sheet music, and written programme easily accessible for the exam rep and examiner to look at. Most exam boards will not allow you to take the exam if you forget your ID!
  7. Acting Through Song:
    • Connect with the lyrics and bring your characters to life. Show emotion and authenticity in line with your character. Your singing teacher/vocal coach will work with you to explore characterisation and bringing the lyrics to life. The examiner will give you extra marks for using appropriate movement and blocking. Remember to use the space and try to include props if needed.
  8. Strong Vocal Technique:
    • Showcase your skills with strong vocal technique, emphasising breath support/control, pitch accuracy, use of different vocal registers and qualities. Make sure to practice in between lessons at least 2-3 times a week to improve your technique. Make sure to do the exercises that your singing teacher/vocal coach has given you as they will be specific to your vocal journey.
  9. Check Exam Board and Set Songs:
    • Confirm which exam board your singing teacher follows, and be aware of any set songs or requirements. The most popular exam boards are; LCM, Trinity and LAMDA.

Navigating musical theatre singing exams can be tricky, especially if your are new to it all! Your singing teacher will make sure that you are fully prepared, so worry not!

Start Your Child's Vocal Training Today!

AFD Vocal & Performance Coaching provides one-to-one singing lessons for young performers ages 3+. All lessons are tailor made for each student. Students at AFD have the opportunity to take LCM singing exams, perform in bi-annual showcases and are provided with  high quality vocal training. If you have a child that loves to perform and has a passion for singing, book your first lesson now to start their performing arts journey today!

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