Author: David Dodson

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Respected Athens music producer and engineer John Keane will begin teaching a series of four-day workshops at the University of Georgia on the essentials of using Digidesign's Pro Tools, the music industry standard for digital recording.

The continuing education course will be based on Keane's popular book, The Musician's Guide to Pro Tools, which provides a strong foundation in the basics of Pro Tools for home recordists and aspiring audio engineers and producers.

"In this workshop, John teaches valuable, real-world techniques for recording and editing audio," said Keith Perissi, program coordinator for UGA's Music Business Program. "For those interested in understanding the full potential of Pro Tools, it's a great introduction to the system and software."

Keane has worked on numerous gold and multi-platinum albums, and his Athens studios have hosted a variety or recording artists, such as R.E.M., Indigo Girls, Drivin 'N' Cryin, and Widespread Panic. He began using Pro Tools in 1991 and has written two editions of The Musician's Guide to Pro Tools.

Keane began teaching a segment on Pro Tools this past fall to the undergraduate students enrolled in UGA's Music Business Certificate Program. That collaboration went so well that the idea was expanded to now include the open-enrollment workshops that will be taught in four evening sessions, Perissi said.

The workshop will be offered three times this year at Caldwell Hall, where the Terry College of Business houses the Music Business Program's lab. The dates are March 17-26, August 18-27 and November 3-12. It also will be offered once in Atlanta at the Terry Executive Education Center from September 23 to October 3. For schedule details, consult the Music Business Program's Web site at terry.uga.edu/musicbusiness/ or contact Terry's Office of Executive Programs, which is partnering with Music Business to present the program.

Registration is very limited to allow for more one-on-one interaction with Keane. The cost for the Athens workshop is $700 and includes instruction and the use of Apple iMacs equipped with Mbox and Oxygen8 MIDI controllers and Pro Tools software. The registration fee is discounted $100 for participants who provide their own laptop computer and Pro Tools software. The cost for the Atlanta workshop is $995, and participants must provide their own laptop computer and Pro Tools software. For questions about registration, call Maggie Pollock in Terry's Office of Executive Programs at 706-425-3053. Executive Programs is partnering with Music Business to present the Pro Tools workshops.

The University of Georgia's Music Business Program was established in January 2006 as an interdisciplinary certificate program, jointly operated by the university's Terry College of Business and the Hodgson School of Music. For the certificate, students take seven classes, a mix of basic business and music courses, including the Music Business I and II courses designed by the program's co-directors, Bruce Burch and Steve Dancz.

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.