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.

* Tennessee children ages 18 and under from Cheatham, Davidson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, and Wilson counties receive free museum admission as part of Community Counts: Museum Admission Program for Locals. Up to two accompanying adults receive 25 percent off admission. Proof of residency required. For more information, please visit Community Counts or inquire at the Museum Box Office.