Performance Anxiety Basics

Sarah Marshall · September 1, 2021


Classroom activities including downloadable resources and PDF worksheets


Professional development

This course ideal for dance, drama and music teachers


Suitable for those that teach students ages 10 and above

Renew your practice and assist your students to master performance anxiety with this online course employing current research and evidence-based strategies. Designed for easy classroom integration this course will help you develop a skill base of anxiety management strategies to assist your students to manage their anxiety when performing. 

To enrich your journey an online forum provides opportunities to build your network, collaborate with other performing arts educators and share expertise both locally and across the globe.

Topics include:

  • Understanding Performance Anxiety – how this differs from other forms of anxiety, a clear explanation of the body’s biological, behavioural and cognitive responses and how changing a student’s perceptions is the first step to mastery 

  • Finding the Sweet Spot – a discussion of Hanin’s Individual Zones of Optimal Functioning (IZOF) and how determining your IZOF can optimise performance under pressure

  • Evidence-based Toolkit – 10 strategies and techniques suitable for students of all ages and capabilities that can work to decrease performance anxiety in individuals and across the cohort

    Australian Professional Standards for Teachers 4.1, 4.2 & 6.2

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

  • 21 Lessons
  • 1 Feedback Form
  • Course Certificate


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