Author: Keith Perissi
Contact: Bruce Burch

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John Keane, producer, engineer,musician and author, will teach a unit on Pro Tools Recording for UGA's popular Music Business Program during fall and spring semesters (UGA's fall semester begins August 16). Keane is the author of The Musician's Guide to ProTools, which is being used as course material for the class. Keane, with more than 25 years of experience in the music industry, is teaching 75 students in the program's new desktop recording lab, which recently opened on the university campus.

"John Keane is an internationally recognized producer and engineer who literally wrote the book on ProTools," says program co-director Steve Dancz. "We are so happy to have him associated with the UGA Music Business Program."

Keane is a veteran producer, engineer and musician who has worked on numerous gold and multiplatinum records. He is best known for his work with R.E.M., Indigo Girls, Cowboy Junkies and Widespread Panic. He owns his own studio in Athens, Ga., and has been an avid ProTools user since 1991. Keane is a native of Athens, where he began his recording career by making four-track demos for local Athens bands. As his home studio business progressed, he began recording projects for such up-and-coming Athens bands as Love Tractor, Pylon and, of course, R.E.M. He no longer resides in his studio, as it has evolved into a full-featured recording facility. He continues to play live as a special guest with local bands, including Widespread Panic. (Above: John Keane in the Music Business Program's desktop recording lab; photo by Chris Taylor/Terry College of Business.)

UGA's Music Business Program began in January 2006 as an interdisciplinary certificate program organized and operated by the university's Terry College of Business and the Hugh Hodgson School of Music in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. Students take seven classes, a mix of basic business and music courses, including the music business I and II courses designed by co-directors Dancz and Bruce Burch.

In addition to guest lectures from prominent figures in the music industry, students gain real-world music industry experience through internships with record labels, promoters, studios and other companies. Students are also asked to find local artists with potential and promote them through their student-run record labels.