What the American Musical and Dramatic Academy Reviews Don’t Tell You

When I was accepted into the American Musical and Dramatic Academy it was the greatest day of my life and I couldn’t wait to get started. The first thing I did was to go online and look at some of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy reviews, so that I could see what other students were saying about the college. As you can imagine for such a prestigious school the reviews were absolutely glowing. Having studied at AMDA and witnessed what it is like to complete a course there, I completely agree with reviews that talk about the excellence and the outstanding quality of this school, and I had the time of my life. There are some things however which the reviews don’t talk about and so I wanted to share my experience with you to ensure that you are well prepared for this course.


The standard which is expected of you here at the American Musical and Dramatic academy are intensely high and you need to be prepared for this before you go. However good you think that you are at singing or dancing or acting, the truth is that you are probably miles away from the required standard, but everyone else is in the same boat. You will have to up your game higher than you ever thought possible to make it here.


The workload during your course will be of high intensity and you will find yourself putting at least 12 hours in each and every day. This could be lectures, rehearsals, personal studying, revision, coming up with ideas and just about every other aspect of the performing arts that you can think of. I had no idea of the intensity of the workload and to be honest, I surprised myself in how much I was able to complete each day and week.


If you have been accepted into this school then you have already won the first competition because you can bet that the place which you have was fought out between around 50 or more students from across the country. The competition however has only just begun and every step of the way at the college you will have to compete with your fellow students to make the grade. The reason for the fierce intensity is that this is what life is like as an actor, singer or dancer, and the college wants you to be prepared.


Being at this school is like going to war with yourself, trying to be the best that you can be, trying to bring emotion and expression to a performance and trying to get the best grade that you can. In the trenches with you are others who are goin through the same war that you are, and this leads to some very strong and emotionally powerful friendships. You will work, learn and fight with one another throughout the course and that will help you form friends for life.

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