Cyborg Llama is a brilliant app for ensembles to rehearse virtually! I am an ensemble director (classical guitar ensembles) and have been using it with groups of students since the summer of 2020. The app is set up in a way that it encourages students to develop their listening, synchronizing and blending skills - just as they would develop in live rehearsals. I love that I can give individual feedback, select specific passages for students to work on, and once the project is ready, I can easily export it as a video!
A huge benefit of using CL is that students who tended to "blend into the background" during in-person rehearsals are becoming much stronger players and the entire ensemble is improving dramatically as a result. Once we are back to in-person rehearsals, I plan to continue to use CL so that students continue their ensemble practice at home between in-person rehearsals. I also use the app for my private students so that we can play duets "together", which has really made lessons more enjoyable!
I highly recommend this app - it's truly a secret weapon for ensemble directors! Created with ensemble directors in mind, the functionality of CL really can't be beat by any other app out there.
Risa Carlson, Chair, Guitar Department at Levine Music