One of the difficulties about teaching music is sharing your lessons, files and projects with students online. Many teachers use e-mail, but that can be tedious and difficult. What are some alternative tools? You might use Google Drive or Dropbox to share files, but neither of these are optimized for musicians. One option is Collabra.
Collabra, a music education tool built for musicians by musicians, and optimized for both teachers and students, is simply designed so that the software doesn’t get in the way of the rewarding musical flow. The only thing you need to use Collabra is an internet-enabled device with a built-in microphone. Everything is done online, and unlimited audio and video can be recorded.
Collabra captures the advantages of Dropbox and Google Drive, with online file storage and easy shareability, but also boasts integrated one-click recording functionality to record music lessons. You can sit down, record your lesson through your microphone with Collabra, and have it uploaded and ready for all of your students. You can track music student practice as well, because Collabra allows students to record their practices, and allows you to comment on the practices and recordings.
A variety of music assessment tools are also available. You can make assessments with Collabra, send them to your students, evaluate their performances, track student progress, and send them and their parents progress reports, all online.
For auditions, you have the option of creating music student portfolios that can be easily shared and accessed.
While technology and software can sometimes get in the way of teaching and recording, Collabra is a great alternative to get to what matters most: the music.