Backstreet Boy School?

08-21-03 Keavin
Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson has teamed up with his childhood friend, Keith McGuffey, and opened up a music academy in Louisville, Ky. 

The name of the academy is The Music Workshop and provides instruction for would-be performers, songwriters and producers. 

You may know McGuffey from his rapper persona Trey D.  According to AP he is also a certified instructor of Pro Tools (audio recording software) and a songwriter. He is set to teach classes on digital recording and production equipment. 

What active roll Richardson will take in the day to day at the academy is unclear. But there are reportedly plans to add a full recording studio in the future. 

"When me and Keith were growing up in central Kentucky there wasn't any real outlet for us. If we wanted to get information about the music industry we had to travel to get any real solid input," Richardson told AP. 

Richardson says that the teaching will go beyond the studio and musical talent areas and also instruct students in the biz. "You'll learn how to record a demo, how to shop a demo and who you need to get it to," Richardson said.

When the academy begins taking on students in September, the classes will be open to amateurs in all age groups (at least those that can come up with the money), but the focus will be on teenagers. And Richardson hopes that one day the academy will be accredited so that students will earn credit towards a degree. 

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