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CommonTime Composition: December 2022
Dec 06, 2022 | The CommonTime Team

Happy December to our CommonTime Family,

We have made it to the end of another year. Let’s take a moment to look back on all of the successes, achievements, love, and light during this past year. At CommonTime, we have hosted events with artists and audience members from all around the world; helped to democratize Arts learning by providing inspiring Arts education experiences to students in Kenya and Uganda; given artists a platform to share their Art in 126 countries; and much more!

From our family to yours, I hope that this new year brings joy, good fortune, safety, and good health.

Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Happy Holidays!

Michael Skillern

Co-Founder/Education + Outreach Coordinator, CommonTime Online


This holiday season, when you book a lesson, event, or live stream with a participating CommonTime artist, they will donate a lesson of equal or lesser value to the Global Schools Forum or the Voices of Children Charitable Foundation.

The Global Schools Forum, with over 55,000 participating schools, provides millions of children in the southern hemisphere with access to education. Voices of Children is a non-profit organization that is on the ground giving hope and voice to Ukraine’s children in this time of crisis by giving food, shelter, and mental and social health services.

Your support helps to give children access to arts education.

To book a lesson, check out the artist search page and look for artists with the red gift 🎁 icon!

If you would like to participate in the Art of Giving as an Artist, please contact us at info@commontime.online.


We are excited to introduce a new update to your My Account page: the Bookings tab!

Since CommonTime’s official launch in March of 2021, we have been hard at work bringing you new features and new ways to enjoy the Arts. The Bookings tab is a cleaner and more streamlined way to keep track of all of your Arts experiences on CommonTime. Whether you’re looking forward to custom lessons, planned lessons, artist events, or arts organization events, you can find them all right here! The Bookings tab is your new hub for all of your bookings, upcoming and past.


Sydney Scherer is a professional flautist from North Carolina, USA. She received her Masters of Music in Flute Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and she is the co-founder of the 2+1 Trio, an active woodwind trio. Sydney made her CommonTime debut at the last year’s International Artist Festival in a performance with the Queens Gate Trio. More recently, she hosted a professional development a workshop on teaching beginner flute as part of the CommonTime Woodwind Festival.

When it comes to teaching, Sydney aims for students to have fun and use music as a creative outlet to express themselves, all the while learning the ins and outs of music-making on the flute. It is her belief that working on tone, technique and style are the trifecta of great flute playing. She likes to work with each student on their personal goals and individual needs. Book a lesson with Sydney and make some beautiful music!


Quintin Mallette is a classical musician and percussionist from North Carolina, USA. He is a section percussionist with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and has performed with various orchestras and chamber groups across the southeastern USA. He teaches percussion at East Carolina University, and has previously served on the faculties of Fayetteville State University, Barton College, and the University of Mount Olive. His primary interests include (but are not limited to) the vibraphone, electroacoustic music, orchestral percussion, music theory, and music history. Quintin loves interacting with students of all ages, and he believes that music has something for everyone. Book a lesson with Quintin and explore the world of sound and silence!