Ragtime by Olivia Tomlinson

Ragtime began around 1896 and continued up until the 1920s, where it was replaced by jazz.  Ragtime introduced uptempo syncopated beats, and was the first genre of music to be published with sheet music.  This allowed the average person to play ragtime, spreading its popularity.  Ragtime finds its roots in St. Louis within minstrel and vaudeville shows that featured caricatures of black people.  Scott Joplin was a famous composer of ragtime music, later dubbed the “King of Ragtime”.