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CommonTime Composition: January 2023
Jan 09, 2023 | The CommonTime Team

Happy New Year, arts lovers!

As we move into this season of newness, let’s make 2023 the year of CommonTime — the year of arts education for all; the year of knocking down barriers to mankind's greatest creations; the year of seeing, appreciating, and participating in someone else’s culture; the year of learning; the year of connections; and the year of happiness and joy. To keep up with the concerts, events, recitals, webinars, and more, follow us on Youtube, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn! And, of course, stay subscribed to our newsletter!

This year will be our biggest yet as we aim to reach more people, broadcast more arts experiences, and inspire more minds. With great people like you, accomplishing these goals becomes much easier. To the Artists, Educators, Individuals, and Arts Organizations in our network, Happy New Year! And one final Happy New Year to all of the arts lovers around the world!

With joy and prosperity for this New Year,

Michael Skillern

Co-Founder/Education + Outreach Coordinator, CommonTime Online

We are so excited to announce CommonTime’s partnership with the Educational Collaborative for International Schools! ECIS is a global, non-profit organization that supports schools around the world through sustainable, caring, and inclusive learning. They have more than 500 membership communities with over 40,000 educators in 84 countries.

The Art of Giving now has a permanent page on the CommonTime website! Click here, or find the link in the footer. There are two ways to give!

  1. When you book a lesson 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. Or
  2. Donate CommonTime credits! When you donate through the Art of Giving page, every dollar you give is a dollar that GSF and/or VOC can spend on virtual arts lessons with CommonTime artists. (1 CommonTime credit = 1 USD)

CommonTime was recently featured in an article by Vonage! Learn how CommonTime is using the Vonage Video API to make arts education accessible to all. Click here to read the article.


Malathi is a painter, crafter, and designer in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. She made her CommonTime debut during the 2022 Mother Tongue Series, in which she taught learners how to custom fridge magnets and tea coasters in Kannada and English. She is currently working with CommonTime to host a painting course for primary and secondary learners in India. Malathi’s motto is that “art is the gateway to self expression.” She believes that art has the ability to educate, motivate, and inspire others. Book a lesson with Malathi and express yourself!

Roddy Terrell is a professional clarinet player and teacher from North Carolina, USA. Roddy is a prolific performer; he served in the US Army as a clarinet player for the 82nd Airborne Division Band, has performed with The Carolina Philharmonic and Orchestra 2100, and is a member of The Poinsett Wind Symphony based in Greenville, SC. Roddy made his CommonTime debut at the 2021 CommonTime International Artist Festival in a performance with the Queens Gate Trio, and in October 2022 he was part of the CommonTime Woodwind Festival. He is also the founder of Oak City Clarinet, a private instruction studio based in Greensboro, NC. Music is Roddy’s passion, and he is dedicated to teaching his students everything he knows. Book a lesson with Roddy and fall in love with music!

Want to support your partner’s shower-singing potential? Want to encourage your niece or nephew’s painting skills? It’s never too late to give the gift of the arts with a CommonTime gift card!

When you send someone a CommonTime gift card, they can use it for all products and services on CommonTime, including lessons, events, and memberships. If your recipient doesn’t have a CommonTime account, that’s no problem; they can create a free CommonTime account at any time to claim their gift and begin enjoying the world of the arts! Click here to give the gift of the arts!