2021 AES Audio Education Conference

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NEW DATES: JULY 22-24, 2021

Current global conditions make it impossible for the Audio Education Conference to proceed as planned this summer.  Therefore, the full three-day conference in Tennessee will be delayed by one year.  Though we must wait to meet again in person, the program of workshops, papers and special events in 2021 will be stronger and more relevant than ever. Meanwhile, we are developing plans for an online symposium, on or near the original conference dates, with a series of presentations about remote delivery of audio and music instruction. Information about this online event will be posted here and distributed through AES social media channels as the details become available.  

The AES will continue to monitor the status of the Coronavirus pandemic throughout the year ahead, and we are committeed to protecting the health and safety of the communities where we live and serve by following the requirements of all relevant local, state and federal authorities.  Please stay informed and review the recommendations for your own personal protection at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.


Please join us July 22-24, 2021, in Murfreesboro and Nashville, Tennessee, for three days of workshops, papers and events focused on audio education, including curricular resources, teaching strategies and professional development for—and from--industry trainers, faculty and staff who are active instructors at the high-school, undergraduate, graduate and professional levels.

The pace of industrial, technical and social change has only accelerated since MTSU hosted the first AES Education Conference in the summer of 2013.  Distance and online learning are no longer niche practices.  Machine learning and intelligent automation influence many aspects of media production.  The economics and underlying technologies for entertainment and communication continue to evolve rapidly, affecting our students and their career prospects.  In this environment, there's a lot for us to discuss and learn from each other.  

The 2020 workshop and paper program was very strong when we made the decision to reschedule the conference.  Inevitably, there will be changes to the details of contributors and events next year, but we are certainly not starting over from scratch.   

  • Workshops: We aim to retain as many panelists, moderators and guest presenters as possible.  The organizers will be in touch with all current contacts, and we will reopen the opportunity for new proposals in the near future.  
  • Papers: 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.   
  • Registration: AES headquarters will assist all current registrants with rebooking or refunds as needed.  
  • Sponsors: Our current sponsors already know how valuable their support has been, and we look forward to maintaining these relationships wherever possible.  New partners who are interested in supporting the 2021 conference should contact the chairs (  


Registration information for current and potential authors

The 2020 review process is closed.  Information about acceptance and rescheduling will be forthcoming from the Papers Chairs.  Accepted authors will receive an invoice link directly from AES headquarters that provides discounted registration (Author rate) for the 2021 conference when registration reopens next year.   Once updated, the Call for Contributions will provide dates and details for new 2021 submissions.  

Advance registration for non-authors 

Conference registration will reopen in 2021.  An early registration discount will be available to AES Members and non-members.  Deadlines will be published here once they are set.  

Registration Fee Schedule (2020 Version)

 Delegates (Member, Advance)       $299
 Delegates (Member, Regular)       $379
 Delegates (Non-member, Advance)       $424 (includes one-year AES membership)
 Delegates (Non-member, Regular)                   $504 (includes one-year AES membership)
 Accepted Authors (via direct invoice)        $229


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.  


Support for the conference is provided in part by the following sponsors: 


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