Consider recording yourself and foregoing the performance hall.

While this year certainly has its fair share of challenges and disappointments, it also comes with some significant opportunities to skill-build and break out of the traditional recital model. Here are some reasons to consider recording yourself from home, another off-campus space you can safely use, or even from your assigned practice space:

  • Recording your recital on campus will have extreme limitations this year. The risk of spreading the virus forces a bare-bones setup under tight time constraints (read through our On-Campus Recital Policies for more information).
  • Students who record on campus will have to treat their recording as if it were a live performance (no second takes!). Additionally, there will be no audience.
  • Students who opt to be recorded in a Butler School performance hall will be charged the traditional $150 recording fee (to offset staff costs) whereas students who record themselves will not be charged a recital fee.
  • If the University sees a surge in COVID-19 cases and shuts down in-person activities, or if the city of Austin stays at APH Stage 4 or higher, recitalists will be forced into an alternate recording plan.
  • This is an excellent opportunity to gain some self-recording skills. The pandemic has spurred a need to present classical and jazz music in innovative ways. The desire for on-demand videos and streamed content is not likely to dissipate when it is safe to enter the concert hall again. Now is the time to play with recording, sound and video editing, and sound mixing.

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

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.