Managing Performance Anxiety for Student Wellbeing

Sarah Marshall · August 31, 2021


Course accredited by NESA & TQI, see details below


Professional development plus 1hr of Elective PD

This course ideal for dance, drama and music teachers


Suitable for those that teach students ages 10 and above

Every musician experiences some degree of performance anxiety. Doing this course has helped me better understand the psychology and physical effects of performance anxiety, and most importantly has given me some tools and strategies to help my students in their preparation for their performances.

Bob Wagner
Head of Instrumental Music, Sydney Grammar School

This NESA and TQI accredited course invites you to renew your practice and support your students to connect, succeed and thrive in performing arts spaces with this online course promoting student wellbeing. Discover how your actions can develop a performance culture that supports stronger performance outcomes and becomes a buffer against behaviours that interfere with performance goals, critical evaluation and performance appraisal.  

Whether doing this course as a team or an individual, your journey is enriched by answers shared in forum spaces, with opportunities to build your network, collaborate with other performing arts teachers and share expertise. By the end of the course teachers will:

  • enable stronger performance outcomes, performance evaluation and increased receptivity to feedback
  • recognise contributors to and influences on performance anxiety and poorer wellbeing
  • learn attributes and strengths that teach and support at risk students experiencing anxiety
  • understand contexts that reduce anxiety and improve self-efficacy
  • address negative perfectionism and re-align students to mastery goals
  • support students to connect, succeed and thrive in their development and learning.
Cost – $210 individual
School Group Bookings available

A great opportunity to reflect on how we teach performance. The course highlighted the importance of reducing performance anxiety and negative self talk among students. I look forward to incorporating the strategies into my performing arts classroom.

Emma Hibbert
Lumen Christi Catholic College

 Completing Managing Performance Anxiety for Student Wellbeing will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Student/child Mental health addressing standard descriptor 1.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers 4.1, 4.4

NSW Syllabus outcomes:     Dance 4.4.1 5.4.1 P4.2  P4.4 H2.2 H4.5      Drama 4.2.1 4.3.3 5.2.1 5.3.3 P3.1 H2.1      Music  4.1 4.3 4.7 4.12 5.1 5.3 5.7 5.12 1- H5 H9-11 2- H6-7 H10-12

NESA Accredited Professional Development Course for Dance Teacher, Drama Teacher, Music Teacher

Course Content

Mastering Performance Anxiety as Critical to Students' Physical and Mental Wellbeing

Creating a Culture that improves Student Performance Outcomes
Cognitive Skills for stronger Performance Outcomes
Resources and Bibliography

About Instructor

Sarah Marshall

Sarah Marshall is a lecturer in counselling, experienced music teacher, AMEB examiner and singer. She uses her tertiary training in performance, psychology and counselling to assist others to manage performance anxiety and attain peak performance whatever the circumstances. Employing evidence-based strategies from performance psychology and peak performance practice of elite athletes and performers, she assists groups and individuals to manage anxiety, develop presentation skills and grow in confidence. Sarah lectures in the University of Canberra's Counselling program as well as regularly running workshops in secondary and tertiary institutions such as Abbotsleigh, Kambala, Sydney Grammar, Radfield College, Sydney Conservatorium and Griffith Universities. Sarah creates specific programs for their cohort to develop peak performance and manage anxiety. She has also written peak presentation masterclasses for lawyers to improve presentation skills and assist them with strong delivery. Privately Sarah works with individuals of any age and vocation to assist them to develop peak performance strategies and manage anxiety. She has worked successfully with a wide range of individuals including secondary and tertiary students, CEOs, musicians, corporate negotiators, real estate entrepreneurs, music theatre performers, conductors and actors.

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Course Includes

  • 20 Lessons
  • 8 Feedback Forms
  • Course Certificate


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