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Ryan Joseph

photo of school of music violin instructor ryan josephRyan Joseph is Faculty and Coordinator of Strings at the Belmont University School of Music, where he teaches commercial and classical violin and mandolin. Born in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA in 1985, he began with his Grandfather (who was also a fiddler) and his family’s polka band when he was 2 1/2 years old. Ryan was featured in this band, and he was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004 with them. He was even noted as an “incredible fiddler” in USA Today by former President and CEO of NARAS Michael Greene, stating his wish for more time in the Grammy broadcast to feature talented young artists such as Ryan. Today he can be heard singing and playing on hundreds of tracks on numerous recordings. Ryan appeared on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee when he was 11 years old singing and playing several instruments including fiddle, sax, guitar, bass, and piano. He has kept a busy touring and performance schedule throughout the country through the years, performing across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, South America, and on Caribbean Cruises. Ryan is not afraid of hard work, as he also graduated with a 4.0 average and a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education in 3 1⁄2 years from Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA).  There he studied violin and string pedagogy with Charles Stegeman, Sidney Harth, Stephen Benham, and Mairi Cooper.

Moving to Nashville in May 2007, Ryan became concertmaster of the orchestra at Belmont University. There he studied with Elisabeth Small, Tammy Rogers King, and Robert Gregg, and graduated with his Master of Music degree in Instrumental Pedagogy. He is now honored to teach at this wonderful University. Since arriving in Nashville, Ryan has had the honor of playing and singing along with many legends in the music business. He has also performed on the Academy of Country Music Awards, CMT Awards, Good Morning America, the Today Show, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon, the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’Brien, The View, Live with Kelly and Michael, Fox and Friends, Army Wives, NHL Network, ABC’s Nashville, and numerous times on the Grand ‘Ole Opry.

Currently Ryan tours with country music legend Alan Jackson, playing fiddle, mandolin, and singing harmony vocals. He has also performed, toured, or recorded with artists such as Billy Ray Cyrus, Jimmy Buffett, Laura Bell Bundy, Jimmy Fortune, Craig Morgan, Jamie O’Neal, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Bonnie Raitt, Lee Ann Womack, Zac Brown, Dierks Bentley, Chris Cagle, Kacey Musgraves, Kellie Pickler, and Marty Stuart. In addition, Ryan does a great deal of studio recording while working on his own solo projects with 4-time Grammy nominated producer and musician, Charlie Kelley. In addition to his teaching at Belmont University, Ryan is a national clinician for Eastman Music Company and a frequent guest clinician at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. He always aims to sincerely communicate his love of music and the violin, and make a positive difference in the lives of his students. Ryan has been blessed to have many professional dreams come true throughout his life, and he now wants to see the dreams of his students also come true.