Thursday, October 12, 2023
Friday, October 13, 2023
Submission Deadline
Monday, April 24, 2023
University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz, Austria

CFP: The Expertise of the Musical Amateur
University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz
A Cooperation between the Institute for Music Aesthetics, Institute for Music Pedagogy, and the Center for Gender Studies
October 12th and 13th, 2023
Languages of the Conference: English and German


Keynote Speakers: Prof. Dr. Glenda Goodman, Associate Professor in Musicology, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Lessing, Professor in Music Pedagogy, Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, Germany

Full Call for Papers (including instructions for submission):

The terms amateur and expert come across, at first glance, as opposing concepts. While in the strictest terms, an amateur is someone who pursues music non-professionally, and thus not for financial gain or to make a living in general, it has been common to assume that most such musicians also usually have less musical skill than professionals, so much so that this has become a secondary part of the definition of the term. Yet many cases in music history and in today’s musical practices–including as studied within music pedagogy–complicate this association.

The conference “The Expertise of the Musical Amateur” thus seeks to answer the following questions from multiple interdisciplinary angles: In what senses might amateur musicians be said to have particular, special types of expertise, and how might this expertise be best understood within a continuum of amateur and professional musical practices? To address this question, we invite contributions that take historical, pedagogical, aesthetic, ethnographic, or sociological approaches to the topic; contributions need not be confined to any particular historical period or geographic region.

For more information about the desired topics of the conference and the rules for submitting abstracts, please see the full CfP at the above link. Questions can also be sent to the head of the selection committee at

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Jennifer Ronyak, Institute for Music Aesthetics, University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz
Jan Jachmann, Institute for Music Pedagogy, University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz Anja Bunzel, Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences
Maria Meures, Institute for Music Pedagogy, University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz