Audio Education 2020: Call for Contributions

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NEW DATES: JULY 22-24, 2021   
  • The 2020 review process is closed.  Information about acceptance and rescheduling will be forthcoming from the Papers Chairs.
  • Current paper proposals that have been reviewed will remain eligible for presentation in 2021 and publication in the proceedings.  There will also be an updated schedule for revisions, manuscript completion and new submissions based on a 2020-2021 timeline.   
The original 2020 Call for Papers is shown below for reference.  
Location: Murfreesboro and Nashville, TN, USA 
Co-chairs: Bill Crabtree and Michael Fleming, Middle Tennessee State University. Email:
Papers co-chairs: Jason Corey and Jan Berg. Email:
Six years after its first international conference focused on audio education, the Audio Engineering Society is pleased to announce that a follow-up education conference will be held July 23-25, 2020, on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee (USA).  The conference will examine the technical, industrial and social changes affecting audio education and training while also focusing on instructional resources, teaching methods, learning outcomes, technical operations, areas for research, and similar topics that are relevant to organizations and individuals who provide theoretical and practical training in all areas of audio engineering. 
The 2013 conference generated papers on topics that included career and industry trends, methods for teaching listening, mixing and perception, program and curriculum design, and numerous case studies. Workshops and social events also provided opportunities for networking and professional development.  
The aim of the 2020 audio education conference is to build on this foundation with updated perspectives, current research about our evolving field and additional contributions from trainers, faculty, researchers, managers and practitioners.  Its outcomes will include a collection of peer-reviewed papers, historical documents, survey instruments, and potential recommendations for educational resource management and development.
Original contributions are encouraged in, but not limited to, the following topics:
  • Relationships between student and faculty careers, academic research and industry
  • Changing roles of audio and media professionals in businesses and companies 
  • Impacts of new commercial developments, including audio networking, immersive sound and artificial intelligence, on instruction, curriculum and applications
  • Effective teaching and learning methods and technologies
  • Discipline-specific case studies, including approaches to instruction and training in listening, mixing, perception, signal processing, teamwork, etc. 
  • Program overviews and history
  • Topics related to diversity and inclusion in the classroom
  • Strategies behind the design of educational programs in audio
  • Maintaining and developing the competence of audio lecturers/teachers


Authors may submit proposals as complete papers (4–10 pages) or as an abstract (60–120 words) with a précis (500–750 words), using the paper proposal site by February 17, 2020. Complete paper and abstract-plus-précis proposals will be reviewed by at least two experts in the field, and accepted papers may be presented in the oral sessions or as a poster, at the discretion of the committee, although authors may indicate a preference. Accepted authors will be notified by March 2, 2020. Final manuscripts (4 to 10 pages) of accepted papers, independent of the type of submission as complete papers or abstract-plus-précis, must follow any revisions guided by the committee’s review and will be due no later than April 30, 2020.    
Deadline for paper/poster proposals: Extended to 2020 February 17
Accepted authors notified by: 2020 March 23 (revised)
Deadline for final manuscripts: 2020 April 30

Workshops and demonstrations

Suggestions for additional panels, demonstrations and workshops may be emailed to the conference co-chairs by 2019 December 31


Murfreesboro is approximately 30 miles southeast of Nashville, an internationally recognized center for music and recording. Nashville International Airport (BNA) is served by all major domestic airlines and provides connections to all international hubs on the U.S. East and West Coasts.
The Recording Industry and Audio Production programs at Middle Tennessee State University were founded in 1973 and are currently housed in state of the art facilities in MTSU’s College of Media and Entertainment.  In addition to program events at MTSU, the conference will include unique demonstrations in the Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business at Belmont University and social events in Nashville and Murfreesboro that allow attendees to interact in informal settings while enjoying the unique flavor of Middle Tennessee’s music and entertainment scene. 


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