Policies

Off-campus recital recordings must be submitted to the Butler School Recording Services department before they can be graded. Students should share their video recording with:

  •  astoltz@austin.utexas.edu through a cloud service (Google Drive, UT Box, and Drop Box are all fine)
  • Any faculty members grading the recital

Students must also submit their recital program to the Student Programs Office no later than 14 days prior to their recital. This should include all pieces from the student's final compiled product to be graded. The Student Programs Office will create an official program and send it to the recording studio on the student’s behalf. The student will receive a copy of the official program via a PDF file. If a student chooses to forgo this process and provide their own concert program, they must still submit it to the Student Programs Office before their recital, since a record of all programs must be reported to BMI and ASCAP.

Program Submission Form

Program Policies, Procedures & Style Manual


The due date of an off-campus recital recording is up to the supervising faculty member.

Recording Specifications

We recommend that off-campus recordings meet the following specifications, so that Butler School staff might share them as part of a curated student recital broadcast:

Video

  • Minimum resolution of 720P, 30FPS
  • Video must include basic editing (crop, fade in/out).
  • Image must be in focus, centered and horizontally straight.
  • If a phone is used to capture video, it must be used in landscape mode (sideways, not vertically).
  • File type .MP4

Audio

  • Minimum resolution 44.1 kHz/16bit
  • Audio should be recorded in stereo, with external microphones or a mounted stereo mic to a video capture device.
  • Audio must be synchronized with video.

If you would like to record yourself, but are not 100% confident as to how, we are here to help you!


Recording Services Manager Andrew Stoltz and Production Manager Travis Weller are ready to meet with students virtually and offer professional advice on gear setup, recording software, video and audio synchronization, and more.

If you are interested in diving deeper,  enroll in MUS 319D. This course will teach you how to use a digital audio workstation to record/edit/mix musical performances, synchronize recordings with video, and create original compositions. You will also learn the basic concepts behind synthesis and digital signal processing, and how to use studio and live sound equipment to record and perform music. Graduate students are welcome, though the course will not count for graduate-level credit.