Ragtime: Music and Fun

Ragtime is a musical style that incorporates vocal and instrumental ragtime, coon songs, and cakewalks. All together ragtime creates a performance with music, dancing, and excitement. Ragtime was first developed in the 19th century in St. Louis, Missouri and is derived from its predecessor the music style jazz. This musical style still uses traditional folk instruments like the banjo to produce its music. The piano is also incorporated in this style of music. Most people recognize ragtime music from old silent films.

Scott Joplin, a pianist and composer, is known as the King of Ragtime. Scott Joplin wrote man ragtime songs, but he was most famous for the one that everybody has heard or knows of “Maple Leaf Rag”. 

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