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Befriending Performance Anxiety | Online with Xenia

  • Date: Apr 17, 2021
  • Time: 11am-12pm
  • Venue: Online via Zoom

Befriending Performance Anxiety: Practical Tips for Musicians of All Levels


Cultivate a sense of pride and achievement in your performance.

Learn to maintain focus and deal with mistakes.

Discover the science behind anxiety mechanisms and what we can do about them.

Access simple and practical tips on what to do before, during and after your performance.

Find joy in playing for others.

Are you used to overcoming obstacles in life but feel puzzled when it comes to musical performance anxiety? Perhaps you are already comfortable speaking and presenting in public, yet unable to play or sing confidently in front of people. Or, despite your love of music, you are simply terrified of being in the spotlight.

If you would like to build confidence to perform for others and find a sense of freedom and self-expression in your music-making or teaching, this online course could be for you. During five hour-long weekly interactive sessions, we will discover a series of theoretical concepts and practical tasks that will provide you with a clear roadmap to prepare for a performance. We will explore the physiology of the anxiety mechanism and the “tool shed” concept of approaches in depth (including movement, functional breathing and focus), introduce cognitive rehearsal strategies and investigate links between anxiety and nutrition.

The course is open to musicians and other creative practitioners / educators of all levels of ability and experience.

Upcoming Dates

NEW DATES RELEASED! Saturdays 17th and 24th April and 1st, 8th and 15th May 2021 11am BST

Special Spring Price Bundle - New Course: register for Functional Breathing for Musicians as well and receive 40% off full price for both courses - choose "bundle" from the PayPal option below.

Access: Tuition will take place online via Zoom.

About the instructor:

Dr Xenia Pestova Bennett is an internationally active concert pianist and lecturer in musical performance at the University of Nottingham. She combines her research and experience in performance anxiety with extensive accredited training as a yoga, breathwork and meditation instructor. Having studied in the UK, The Netherlands and Canada, Xenia holds a Doctorate in Performance from McGill University.

Her wellness training includes completion of a 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training qualification led by Eleonora Ramsby-Herrera in 2019 (Yoga Alliance Professionals), Yin/Yang Yoga and Mindfulness (primary and secondary levels amounting to 100 hours certified by Yoga Alliance International) with Sarah Powers in 2018 and Oxygen Advantage® functional breathing instructor training with Patrick McKeown in 2021.

In addition to performing and teaching, Xenia offers coaching on anxiety management to individuals and organisations. Her past and present clients include Ad Agio Workshops for Musicians; Facebook London; Goldsmiths, University of London; Moving on Music; Sound and Music; TU Dublin; Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Nottingham.

Praise for "Befriending Performance Anxiety":

I just wanted to thank you so much for the wonderful course. It has been most helpful and I felt as though you really cared for each of us and spoke to us in a very kind, patient and understanding manner. There was no pressure, and I think we all felt very safe and supported. - Penny T.

I'm struck by the presentation style – clear, professional, positive and measured, with the academic foundation and approach that obviously underpins it… [The course] was extremely valuable… The idea that there are techniques that can help is very encouraging! - Michael A.

I’m loving your sessions which are proving so helpful. The breathing is great and I can feel the difference it makes in life and when playing. - Michele B.

I've been using some of the rehearsal techniques we've been covering in our sessions - such as cognitive rehearsing - and am incorporating then into lessons which my students are finding very interesting! - Clare C.

You are putting so much thought and effort into these courses and the support you are giving is amazing… The course has been a positive space for me and I think it has worked great through Zoom. - Jonathan R.

Thanks so much for your course. Your relaxed and informative delivery make the sessions really enjoyable. I particularly like the toolbox of practical ideas to help with anxiety before performing. - Susan M.

Bravo for such a comprehensive course. You bring a lovely energy to it. I really like your warm-up sequence and have been using that. It was great to be reminded about panoramic vision too, particularly at the moment when the whole of life seems so restricted, the change in focus is all the more important in every sense! - Julia D.


Step 1 – please transfer payment via PayPal checkout below (alternatively, you can contact Xenia to request bank account details).

Please note: we will be making one place available at a reduced half-price fee to a participant in need. If you believe you qualify, please send an email to Xenia on with your request and an explanation.

Step 2please fill the Zoom registration form here. You will receive a confirmation once your payment is processed. Please note that we are limiting the number of participants to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for all.

We look forward to hearing from you!


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Maitri Studio Limited
4 The Mount, Belfast, BT5 4NA

Tel: +44 (0)28 9099 2428

Company number: NI635546