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Wisdom Wednesdays: How to Artistically Engage Your Students Over the Summer Holiday
Jul 05, 2022 | Michael Skillern

Welcome back to Wisdom Wednesday!

The summer months are commonly a downtime for Teaching Artists, Educators, and Arts Organizations. For Teaching Artists, the schools and community centers they work with are usually closed. Students are often traveling and out of school, disconnected from their Educators. Arts Organizations may struggle with their in-person programming while they compete with vacations, summer camps, and more. But with CommonTime and some innovative methods, all of our Arts community can engage learners this Summer.

For tips, tricks, and more, watch the full webinar below or read on.

Let’s start with the Teaching Artists. Artists can consider offering virtual lessons to provide more options for their students. Another way to better engage learners this Summer is by selling pre-recorded content. Short lessons, explanations, anything of that nature can be sold as pre-recorded content under your Artist account. Offering content in this way makes your teaching asynchronous, in a way. You are giving your students more opportunities to engage on their schedules. Add pre-recorded content to your Artist profile from the Artist Events in My Account. You can also use the lesson offering feature to create courses or bootcamps. You could, for example, create a 5 hour course of how to make a bassoon reed or wax encaustic techniques. Create a lesson offering in My Account. Artists can even host camps through workshops as part of the Artist Events feature. Imagine a Call and Response singing camp taking place Monday-Friday at 3:00pm for a week. Lastly, consider other activities to spice up your summer teaching. You could use CommonTime to host virtual meetups, group goal setting sessions, and more.

Educators in the CommonTime Community should consider purchasing a CommonTime group or guild membership for their schools. With a group or guild membership, Educators can purchase credits that allow all associated member accounts to book sessions with Artists. Consider giving your students access to these credits during the summer months. Then, they could have their own personalized Arts experiences on demand. Educators can also book and host artists for events during the summer. Imagine booking a CommonTime Visual Artist for a once-weekly Arts and Crafts session open to all of your students, or maybe even hosting a musician for a special concert open to your young musicians!

Lastly, Arts Organizations can host events, performance, sessions, and more just like Artists. If participation in your organization seems to drop over the summer, consider adding some virtual programming to your schedule. Let your patrons know that the engagement does not stop with the changes in weather. Likewise, pre-recorded content is a great way to give your students the chance to engage away from specific time schedules. Sell recordings of performances, recitals, classes, experiences, and beyond!

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