Country Music Hall of Fame


Family Program: Beginner Mandolin Workshop

Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 10:30am

Program takes place:

• 10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m. 
• 11:15 a.m.–11:45 p.m

Originally from Italy, the mandolin is an important instrument in bluegrass and country music. Led by Ryan Joseph and Kristen Bearfield, this beginner workshop will explore basic chords, strumming techniques, and a few tunes. Joseph is a member of Alan Jackson’s band, contributing fiddle, mandolin, and harmony vocals. He has also played with Billy Ray Cyrus, Vince Gill, Craig Morgan, Kacey Musgraves, and Bonnie Raitt. Bearfield was inspired at a young age by her great uncle, Clarence “Tater” Tate, who played bass and fiddle with Bill Monroe for many years. She studied bluegrass and country music at East Tennessee State University. Mandolins provided, or bring your own.

This activity takes place in the Museum's Taylor Swift Education Center and is designed for guests ages 7 and up.


Admission is included with Museum ticket* or Museum membership. Seating is limited.

*Participating children and up to two accompanying adults may take part in this family program and tour the Museum at a discounted rate! Inquire at the Box Office for more information.