Practical Steps to Overcoming Performance Anxiety
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Practical Steps to Overcoming Performance Anxiety

Mastering Stage Fright and Performance Anxiety, and Learning to Perform with Joy and Confidence
4.5 (30 ratings)
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Created by Luciane Cardassi
Last updated 10/2015
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  • 41 mins on-demand video
  • 15 mins on-demand audio
  • 4 Articles
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Perform with confidence
  • Control stress response
  • Increase self-confidence, courage and trust
  • Develop personal pre-performance routines
  • Enjoy fulfilling performance experiences
  • Be a healthier and happier artist
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  • No pre-requisites.

**930 students from 92 different countries in only 2 months!

“Practical Steps to Overcoming Performance Anxiety" is a focused, effective, course for any performer who wants to be more confident on stage. Professional dancers, musicians, actors, conductors, and aspiring performers are all welcome. This course will help you get rid of that unnecessary pain and suffering, and let you stay focused and positive before and during your upcoming show. Non-performers can certainly join the class as well, as they may find interesting insights to help them at their next public speaking event.

I am Luciane Cardassi, a professional concert pianist with a doctorate in Piano Performance and more than 2 decades of performance experience. I had serious issues with stage fright early in my career, and I know it can be exhausting to be a performer if you feel terrified every time you go on stage.

We will go over the roots of your anxiety, practical steps to overcoming the anxiety, and how to stay focused on stage. By the end of the course you will have developed your own personalized pre-performance routine, with techniques that work for you.

The course is structured in 7 sections and 27 lectures, with a number of exercises and quizzes. In about 60 minutes you will have covered the lecture content.

Take this course to learn new coping techniques so you can perform with more joy, trust and confidence!


“This course was amazing, in a really short time it teaches you a new awareness and self-confidence that allows you to better face anxiety both on stage and in life.” Giulia Frascione

"FANTASTIC! Precise, straightforward and very helpful. A gift for life to ALL performers!" Lorena Orozco

"A great contribution to this important topic! Very practical and systematically thought-out. I will definitely recommend to my students and colleagues. "Colleen Athparia

"Very useful advice for performers and teachers.This has given me some practical and concise advice to help my students. Thank You." Michelle Todd

"The course is fantastic and filled with super useful information and exercises. Don't miss out. Good material for seasoned pros and students alike." Alejandro Ochoa

“Professionally presented, and most importantly she is real. She shares her own challenges as a performer and how she triumphed over them. This authenticity allowed me to connect with her and enhance my trust of her teachings. I’m not a musician but I do speak on platforms to audiences so I was able to use all of her suggestions to reduce my stress and enhance my ‘performance’ while having FUN.” Dr. Louis Corletto

Who is the target audience?
  • Performers who want to have more fulfilling performance experiences
  • Performers who want to be more confident on stage
  • Non-performers who want to be more confident at meetings and presentations
  • Performers who want to overcome their performance anxieties
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Curriculum For This Course
26 Lectures
Introduction to the course
6 Lectures 08:39

Welcome to the "Practical Steps to Overcoming Performance Anxiety" course! For the next hour or so, we will discuss some reasons for our performance anxieties, how we can deal with them, and how to fully prepare for life as a performer. By the end of the course you will have developed a unique pre-performance routine that works for you. I am so excited you are here. Let's get started!

Preview 02:03

One more word

Welcome to Lecture 2! In this lecture, we'll go over how the course is structured. You'll learn about the sections and lectures, and also what we'll be covering in the curriculum.

Preview 01:23

In this lecture we will discuss the importance of self-assessment in order to identify the problematic behaviors causing you discomfort prior to performance and on stage.
Deep listening

This audio lecture will remind you that there is a positive side of being anxious, and that we need to manage our anxiety so it can reach its optimum level, allowing us to perform at our best.

Preview 01:09

Remember the best performance you have done!
1 question

This is a review lecture for the main points of Section 1: Introduction to the Course.

Conclusion to section 1
Be true to yourself
5 Lectures 14:33

In this lecture we will discuss what performance anxiety is, and how we can recognize the early symptoms. We will also discuss the need to change our mindset and embrace the challenge instead of being afraid of the threat.

Preview 04:49

In this lecture we go deeper into the positive and negative feedback loops created as we face each performance, and how we can control our reactions.

Change the feedback loop

This short lecture introduces an essential element of our course: the need to choose our next performance challenges wisely in order to control our performance anxiety.

Challenge x skill
1 page

Take notes of self-talk for a day
1 question

This is very cool lecture. We will discuss how to create your own self-talks in preparation for the next section, which digs deeper into the pre-performance routine.

Manage your self-talk

On the day of your performance...
1 question

Create your positive self-talks
1 question

This is a review lecture for the topics discussed in Section 2: Be True to Yourself. I will also give you some takeaways to immediately incorporate into your everyday pactice!

Conclusion to section 2
Take care of yourself
5 Lectures 17:43

In section 3 we will discuss different approaches to become a healthy performer. In this first lecture of the section we will discuss the need to set specific goals for each performance, and be reasonable about them. One step at a time. We will also suggest a practical exercise that we can incorporate to your pre-performance routine.

Be reasonable with your goals

Setting your goals
1 question

In this lecture we will discuss diet, exercise, and rest in preparation for and on the day of your performance.

Physical health

Physical health
3 questions

This lecture introduces us to an important practice, which we should embrace as much as possible, as it will allow us to work hard without exhausting our bodies.

Mental performance

Relaxation and breathing exercises are presented in this audio lecture. You can either listen to it as a lecture or a relaxation guide. Hope the music will help you relax and breathe!

Preview 06:03

Congratulations! This is the end of section 3: Take Care of Yourself, which is about being a healthy performer. In this lecture we will review the main points discussed in this section.

Conclusion to section 3
Know your routine
4 Lectures 09:08

In this lecture we'll discuss what dream goals and practical goals are, and why performers should have both clear in our minds.

Define your goals

This is one of the main lectures of this course - creating your own pre-performance routine, with specific points to work on in the 4 different preparation areas.

Develop your pre-performance routine

Pre-performance routine
1 question

A great way to practice is to do "test-runs". This lecture explains what they are and how to make the most of them.


Do a test-run of your current program
1 question

You just finished Section 4. Good for you! Sections 2, 3 and 4 were about all kinds of great stuff you need to work on before your performance. Get ready - in section 5 we go on stage, it is performance time!

Conclusion to section 4
Have fun on stage
3 Lectures 05:56

In this lecture we go over simple and effective ways to stay focused during our performance. Keep distractions off stage, and when they want to sneak in, be prepared to resume your focus with these easy to remember "resume your focus" exercises.

Be in the moment

Staying in the present
1 question

We all make mistakes in performance, beginners and professionals. The difference is how we deal with them on the spot. In this lecture we go over mental exercises to let errors go when we are on stage, and not let them distract us. Accepting mistakes is an important lesson to stay in the present and remain focused.

Learn to deal with mistakes

Handling mistakes
1 question

Congratulations! In this lecture we will review all the important points covered in section 5. We learned some great exercises, simple but powerful thoughts to help you stay focused on what is relevant and let errors go without getting distracted or letting them start a snowball effect!

Conclusion to section 5
Celebrate each performance
2 Lectures 03:29

We are now at the post-performance section. In this lecture we discuss how important it is to accept compliments, be gracious to the audience, and leave self-criticism and feedback to the day after. Right after the show it is time to congratulate yourself for what you did well!

Accept compliments

This is a review of the main topics from Section 6: Celebrate each performance.

Conclusion to section 6
Course Wrap-up
1 Lecture 01:10

A wrap-up of the course with reminders of the importance of making these practical steps into habits for your life as a performer.

Goodbye and have fun on stage!
About the Instructor
Luciane Cardassi
4.6 Average rating
64 Reviews
1,884 Students
2 Courses

Luciane is a versatile pianist, creative artist and educator. For 20 years she has been exploring the contemporary music world through collaboration, performance, research and teaching.

As an educator, Luciane has a deep interest in helping other artists expand their realms of possibilities and achieve their goals. She has prepared many pianists for auditions for Conservatories, Universities, and music competitions. Luciane has also researched and taught University courses on how to deal with performance anxiety, and helped many students and professional performers take charge of their performance capabilities.

Her first udemy course is based on the results of her many years of research and practice!

Enrol now, join more than 900 udemy students, and learn how to perform with more joy, trust and confidence.