Collabra is used to send video and audio recordings between student and teacher. Text comments can also be sent creating a conversation between student and teacher.
It’s an app that can help you keep track of your students’ practice and improve communication between you and your student outside of lesson times.
As a teacher, I use Collabra to send students video or audio recordings of:
Collabra is a multi-platform app and works on most devices. It acts as a secure connection between teacher and student and the transferring of files is automatic (don’t have to press send) and almost instant.
If students don’t have access to internet all the time, they can download a desktop app from Collabra for free that will allow them to still record onto Collabra regardless of how good internet connection is. This app will upload the recordings automatically as internet connectivity is available, resulting in higher quality recordings.
Collabra is free to educators but there is a student subscription. There are also studio/school pricing options if you contact the Collabra team. Visit their website by clicking here.
I find Collabra the best solution to exchanging musical ideas/lessons/anything really in a format that my students relate to.
It’s ease of use and set up means most of my students use it on a regular basis and my parents almost forget it is there because the kids use it by themselves. I am always looking for new ways to use this app, please comment below if you can think of other ways it could be used in a music teaching scenario.
Are there any other ways you can track your students’ practice?
Lynda is an experienced teacher from Queensland, Australia. She teaches a number of instruments in her own private studio and also as a contractor in a school. She is also a mentor for student music teachers or teachers wanting to extend their teaching knowledge. www.music4all.com.au
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