Ryan Fisher

Music Education, Choral

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Ryan Fisher (Ph.D.)


  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, University of North Texas
  • M.M., Master of Music, University of North Texas 
  • B.M.E., Bachelor of Music Education, Lee University


Ryan Fisher, Professor of Music Education at the University of Memphis, conducts the Chamber Choir and most recently served as the coordinator of the music education program before becoming the Associate Dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts. He also serves as artistic director of Memphis ChoralArts, a community choral organization which serves children to mature senior adults. Choirs under his direction have been featured at the Arkansas Music Educators Association conference and Tennessee Music Education Association conference, and made frequent guest appearances with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Conway Symphony Orchestra, and Germantown Symphony Orchestra. He also served as the President-Elect of the Arkansas Music Educators Association and on the National Association for Music Education-Choral Council and Tennessee Music Education Association state board. He currently serves on the Tennessee ACDA state board and Update: Applications of Research in Music Education editorial committee. Dr. Fisher's previous teaching experience also includes elementary music, middle school chorus, and high school chorus in Texas where he received numerous teaching awards.

Dr. Fisher is an active choral clinician and researcher. He earned a BME from Lee University, a MM in choral conducting and a PhD in music education from the University of North Texas. In 2016, he was recognized as Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by the Lee University School of Music. His research interests involve the male voice change, assessment in music education, and self-efficacy. His writings have been published in various journals including Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, and Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. He also co-authored a chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Assessment Policy and Practice in Music Education (2019).