Performing Arts Professional Development

Behind every star is an inspiring teacher

New NESA & TQI accredited course
Now available online on-demand

We now offer Managing Performance Anxiety for Student Wellbeing as a NESA & TQI accredited course. Access 5 hours of professional development, plus an additional hour of elective learning. 

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I found this PD on performance anxiety to be helpful and it has snagged my curiosity for other ways I could employ this psychology for younger years to establish better protocols.
Nicole Conway
Covenant Christian School
So wonderful to have a PD course that reinforces much of what we as performing arts teachers already do and presented in such a clear and clinical manner.

It makes you rethink what you know (or think you know) about what students are thinking as they perform. It also makes you think about the way you perform in front of the class when teaching!
Music Teacher, Sydney

Performing Arts PD

Performing arts education is critical and you, the pedagogues that inspire a love of the performing arts daily, deserve a professional development resource that energises and inspires you.

Performing Arts Professional Development is a hub of collegiate learning and sharing of ideas and experiences to renew and refresh your practice.

Sarah Marshall, Director

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Who We Are

Whether our backgrounds are in dance, theatre or music, as performing artists and educators we seek to energise and inspire teachers through best practice professional development.  Addressing context specific challenges and promoting performing arts pedagogy through quality online education.

Join us...because seriously,
performing arts educators are a lot of fun!

Renew your practice

Enrich your journey and rejuvenate your performing arts practice with one of our available online courses.

Performance Anxiety Basics

Managing Performance Anxiety for Student Wellbeing

Promoting Performance Excellence

Engaging Performing Arts Students Online – FREE!

Take one of our industry specific online courses and collaborate with other like-minded educators to empower your working week.

Bringing out their best

Add a spark to your working week with our weekly blog or podcast, Bringing Out Their Best.

Be energised by a snippet of contemporary research to add some zest to your performance space or hear an interview with another performing arts educator on how they develop their performing arts practice.

 Performance Anxiety: The First Step 9min

 Perfectionism 7min

Developing an Onstage Persona


Refresh your spirit and renew your performing arts pedagogy

Latest articles

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Bringing out their Best Feedback

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Sarah presents research-based information in an engaging way and helps to equip students with tools to overcome performance anxiety, building confidence on the stage.

It is of note that each workshop is created in a customised way with strategies tailored to the individual students attending the workshop.

Both students and Music staff value Sarah’s expertise and the supportive and encouraging way in which material is delivered in her workshops.”

Lynette Clarke, Head of Music, Abbotsleigh (private school)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Not all courses are accredited.

If accreditation is available for your course, there will be information about this in the course description.

Most accreditation bodies require courses to be completed within a set time limit and need all quizzes, questions, exercises and forum responses included before course completion can be verified and forwarded to the appropriate accreditation body. 

No. The course can be completed at your own pace.

However, if you are seeking accreditation, the course must usually be completed within a set time limit, details of which can be found in the course description where applicable. 

There are no exams however, there are quizzes and long answer questions at the end of each section.

Additionally, thee are opportunities to try teaching models on yourself or with your students and then report on your experiences.

Some responses are posted to online forums, giving you the opportunity to learn from other’s experiences as you share your own. 

To receive the course certificate and accreditation (if applicable), all quizzes, questions and forum submissions must be completed. 

If there is a particular area of interest that is not currently covered by the courses on this site, please let us know via the contact form. We are committed to being relevant and are keen to develop new ideas. 

Courses are for performing arts educators who work with students of all ages.

Each course has a Panel indicating the ages of students the content is addressing, children, teens or adults.

Courses are for all performing arts educators. with Music, Drama and Dance Educators being the focus of this platform.

Each course has a Panel indicating suitability for teachers of dance, drama or music.

If you have a course you would like offered on this platform we would love to hear about it. Please send us your proposal via the contact form including a brief outline for the proposed course and a brief bio of your industry and/or pedagogical experience.

Courses are for all performing arts educators.

Each course has a Panel indicating suitability for teachers of dance, drama or music and ages of students the content is addressing.

If you are unhappy with the course and do not believe it reflects the advertised material then a refund is available within 7 days of purchase.  

Simply contact us via the contact page with your order number and reason why you believe a refund is applicable.

We will immediately assess your request and issue a refund accordingly.


Performing Arts PD is committed to providing quality services to you and this policy outlines our ongoing obligations to you in respect of how we manage your Personal Information.

We have adopted the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) contained in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the Privacy Act). The NPPs govern the way in which we collect, use, disclose, store, secure and dispose of your Personal Information.

A copy of the Australian Privacy Principles may be obtained from the website of The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner at www.aoic.gov.au


Personal Information is information or an opinion that identifies an individual. Examples of Personal Information we collect include: names, addresses, email addresses and  phone numbers.

This Personal Information is obtained in correspondence by email, via our website performingartspd.com and from other publicly available sources such as social media. We don’t guarantee website links or policy of authorised third parties.

We collect your Personal Information for the primary purpose of providing our services to you, providing information to our clients and marketing. We may also use your Personal Information for secondary purposes closely related to the primary purpose, in circumstances where you would reasonably expect such use or disclosure. You may unsubscribe from our mailing/marketing lists at any time by contacting us in writing.

When we collect Personal Information we will, where appropriate and where possible, explain to you why we are collecting the information and how we plan to use it.



Sensitive information is defined in the Privacy Act to include information or opinion about such things as an individual’s racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, membership of a political association, religious or philosophical beliefs, membership of a trade union or other professional body, criminal record or health information.

Sensitive information will be used by us only:

  • For the primary purpose for which it was obtained
  • For a secondary purpose that is directly related to the primary purpose
  • With your consent; or where required or authorised by law.



Where reasonable and practicable to do so, we will collect your Personal Information only from you. However, in some circumstances we may be provided with information by third parties. In such a case we will take reasonable steps to ensure that you are made aware of the information provided to us by the third party.


Your Personal Information may be disclosed in a number of circumstances including the following:

  • Third parties where you consent to the use or disclosure; and
  • Where required or authorised by law.


Your Personal Information is stored in a manner that reasonably protects it from misuse and loss and from unauthorized access, modification or disclosure.

When your Personal Information is no longer needed for the purpose for which it was obtained, we will take reasonable steps to destroy or permanently de-identify your Personal Information. However, most of the Personal Information is or will be stored in client files which will be kept by us for a minimum of 7 years.


You may access the Personal Information we hold about you and to update and/or correct it, subject to certain exceptions. If you wish to access your Personal Information, please contact us in writing.

Performing Arts PD will not charge any fee for your access request,  but may charge an administrative fee for providing a copy of your Personal Information.

In order to protect your Personal Information we may require identification from you before releasing the requested information.


It is an important to us that your Personal Information is up to date. We will take reasonable steps to make sure that your Personal Information is accurate, complete and up-to-date. If you find that the information we have is not up to date or is inaccurate, please advise us as soon as practicable so we can update our records and ensure we can continue to provide quality services to you.


This Policy may change from time to time and is available on our website.


If you have any queries or complaints about our Privacy Policy please contact us at:




“Equipped me with new aspects to consider and a new vocabulary to address our students”

– Music Educator

“Pertinent to our jobs, very applicable and engaging by a professional in our field”

– Drama Educator

“Opened my eyes to realise how we react so differently to stress and anxiety and therefore how many different strategies there are for handling them”

– Head of Performing Arts

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