IMG_1444-Coffee-open-for-blog-300x225Collabra’s Ron Karroll came to speak at #OpenCoffeeLou today. Collabra, a graduate of the Velocity Accelerator program and a 2013 Hot Dozen award winner, is a software platform that allows musicians to collaborate with each other long distance and also allows music teachers to keep their students accountable between lessons.

If you add accountability to the education process, music students will get better faster, said Karroll. Collabra lets students record their practice sessions between lessons and gives the teacher the ability to audit those practices and give feedback. Parents, too, can look in on the process.

The audio is cloud-stored. Collabra is looking into adding video content and gaming elements as well.

There are around 55 million children and 63 million amateur musicians involved in music in the United States. And because of reality TV shows like “American Idol” and “The Voice,” music schools can’t hire enough vocal coaches.

Currently Collabra’s clients include some Southern Indiana a capella groups and more than 70 students at Mom’s Music. The company is also in talks with the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

They also have been approached by people in the speech pathology world — but they have to work out how it could comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act regulations.

Collabra has raised $113,000 and is looking to raise $500,000 more. Their board includes Gill Holland, Dave Maestri, Greg Langdon, Vik Chadha and Michael Browning.

Thanks again to Heine Bros. for the coffee and to Nucleus for letting us use their iHub facility.

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