Send me video when they practise tricky parts of their pieces either when they get it right or if they are having trouble getting it right
Send me messages when I forget to upload a track I promised them
Send me recordings of their ‘noodling’ or just having fun on their instrument
To prove they practised this week!
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.
Why I Use Collabra
It is multi-platform and means every one of my students can access it if they have internet service
It has a very clean, no frills layout in both the teacher and student accounts which makes it very easy and intuitive to use
Really quick and very helpful assistance using the pink speech bubble on the website
It is the only platform I have found that easily connects teacher and student that you can use to exchange video and audio, which is so important as a music teacher
Sending videos, answering questions etc. from my student teachers.
Great for group lessons because you can assign a “lesson” (backing track/video etc) to a group of students with one click
I could probably use it instead of homework notebooks as well but haven’t done that on a studio-wide basis yet
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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