Passionate for Excellence in Performing Arts Education

Written for You

Performing Arts Education requires significant commitment, often after hours when other staff are home with their families. Finding time and energy to feed you and your practice can be challenging.

It’s frustrating when courses do not respect your experience or sit easily in the performing arts context. Understanding this, we have designed courses to be context specific, written by peers and employing your expertise.

Short modules can be completed anywhere, anytime – all resources included: classroom activities, research articles and videos. In a block over a weekend – or over months, it’s up to you.

For richer learning experiences, assessment is via online forums. Providing opportunities to build your network, collaborate with other performing arts educators and share expertise both locally and across the globe.

Imagine beginning your week with renewed energy, bringing to your classroom fresh ideas and perspectives. To feel yourself growing as an educator, developing your skills and feeding your commitment for best-practice performing arts education.

Choose a course below. We know you have a breadth of experience to share and we are excited to hear what you have to say!

“Well structured and informative, giving the students an understanding of where their performance anxiety came from and many helpful ideas to keep their anxiety in perspective. Kambala intends to continue its association with Sarah having already noticed an improvement.”

Peter Sagar, Coordinator of Performance Studies, Kambala

Sarah Marshall

2014 was the worst year of my life. Our small family endured 7 hospitalisations and innumerable visits to specialists leaving us emotionally shattered and financially stressed. As a music teacher on limited income I had to do some creative thinking. 

So I had an epiphany! (I remember this because I don’t have many epiphanies.) Prior to pursuing my performing career I had a dusty degree in psychology and whilst I didn’t wish to choose psychology over music I wondered if there was a way to combine them and help other performing artists using my (soon to be awesome) psych skills. 

This is how I found myself completing a Masters of Counselling in my mid-40s. I figured with my Masters in Performance, I could make this work. 

The reward for this study was a return to life! As the Student instead of the Teacher, I was nourished and began to grow.

From this journey Performing Arts PD was born. A collegiate hub where Performing Arts Educators could: pursue their passion for their craft; be energised by new ideas and fresh perspectives; and share the experiences that inspire and motivate them. 

So thanks for joining the Performing Arts PD community.

Today you can find me moderating these forums,  teaching music or working with individuals and groups to develop peak performance practice. (Confession – I loathe bad performances and so enjoy working with individuals to be their authentic best when performing/presenting in front of others). 

Enough about me, I look forward to learning more about you and your experiences as you share this journey with us!

Performing Arts are in Our Blood

Practitioners from different disciplines provide a wide variety of expertise to ensure your pedagogy remains current and competitive whether it be in dance, drama or music. Below are a list of contributors and links to the courses they provide.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

No. The course can be completed at your own pace. However, if you are seeking accreditation, some accreditation bodies specify that the course must 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 there are  activities to do with your students and then share your experiences in online forums. These forums give 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.


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