Practical Steps to Overcoming Performance Anxiety

Mastering Stage Fright and Performance Anxiety, and Learning to Perform with Joy and Confidence
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  • Lectures 26
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 8/2015 English

Course Description

**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

What are the requirements?

  • No pre-requisites.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

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

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Section 1: Introduction to the course

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Section 2: Be true to yourself

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.


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.

1 page

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.

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.

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!

Section 3: Take care of yourself

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.

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
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.


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!


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.

Section 4: Know your routine

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


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.

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!

Section 5: Have fun on stage

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.

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.

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!

Section 6: Celebrate each performance

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!


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

Section 7: Course Wrap-up

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

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Instructor Biography

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!

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