A Virtual Subscription series is the virtual outreach programming from an Arts Organization. Students watch a video of a performance or presentation that is based on the Organization's programming. Students, Educators, and outreach staff meet in an interactive workshop for one or more sessions. Outreach staff instruct students in skills and concepts related to the performance or presentation.
Performances and presentations may be Livestreamed or Pre-recorded, and workshop classrooms may be Fully Virtual or Semi Virtual. See below for more information.
Video types: Livestream or Pre-recorded
Livestream Performance: Broadcast live from the venue in real time, at a scheduled date and time.
Example: Watching a live opera from the Metropolitan Opera in real time.
Pre-recorded: Can be watched at any time, or within a given time frame as specified by the Arts Organization.
Example: Watching a recorded performance of The Nutcracker from the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
Workshop types: Fully Virtual or Semi Virtual
Fully Virtual: All students, Educator(s), and outreach staff meet virtually.
Example: A workshop teaches students acting, lip synching, and using your video camera and room as a stage.
Semi Virtual: All students are in the physical classroom with the Educator(s), and outreach staff present virtually.
Example: A two-lesson workshop involves costuming for dancers.
Visiting Artist Classroom
A Visiting Artist Classroom lesson is an opportunity for a group of students to work with an artist for 1 to 5 hours. For educators in a physical classroom with a Smartboard, the suggested class size for this type of lesson is 20 students or fewer. For classes that are fully online, a maximum of 8 students is optimal for CommonTime’s gallery view. Lessons can be booked in a continuous block of time or can be separated into shorter time blocks that add up to the chosen length. The artist and educator can use the CommonTime chat feature to discuss curricular plans for their session.
Example: A Tabla Artist from India works with International Baccalaureate Diploma students on meter and rhythm analysis and performance, with a middle school grade 7 music class on the classifications and timbres of percussion drums, and with elementary music students on the different types of drums played across the world.
A master class is an intensive lesson between an artist and a small group of up to 8 advanced students or emerging professionals. The goal of a master class is to work learners through the technique, presentation, or analysis of a craft, and engage deeply in the mastery of an art form. A master class is 3 hours; we recommend that this time block be divided into two sessions. The first lesson is a 2-hour master class between the learners and the artist. The second session, 1 to 2 weeks later, is a 1-hour follow-up in which the learners and the artist meet again to see how the participants have applied the guidance and feedback.
Example: A wax encaustic Visual Artist works with an emerging professional on a body of work, providing guidance and feedback and ensuring that the professional's technique is correct. The Artist checks in within 2 weeks to see how the emerging professional has applied the feedback and critique to their work.
A private lesson is a 30- to 90-minute lesson between an artist and 1 to 2 learners, in which the artist teaches the technique of a craft.
Example: A lighting designer works directly with a single student on the use of gels.
Meet and Greet
A meet and greet is a short introductory lesson with an artist to help you decide if they are a good fit for you and your learners. This lesson type can also be used to familiarize yourself with our lesson interface.
There are different referral programs for Artists and Educators. Please see our Referral Program Policy here.
Individuals - $100/year
Institution Membership (up to 20 Educators per Membership) - $350/year
Corporation (up to 100 Members) - $1000/year
Non-members can receive discounts on packages, but will save less than a member would.
Package savings for Members and non-members:
The Educator pays for the session. CommonTime holds the amount until both parties have agreed to the lesson time and date. Upon confirmation, the payment is made.
The Artist is paid within 7 days upon successful completion of the session. Payments are processed through Stripe and Paypal.