Mar. 11-Mar. 17: Ragtime Fun

Scott Joplin, Maple Leaf Rag

Ragtime is a style that was most popular during the centuries before and after 1900 in the American midwest. It is known for its "ragged", syncopated rhythms, meaning that many notes are heard on offbeats, as though shifting the pulse. You've probably heard of "The Entertainer" by Scott Joplin, who was dubbed as the king of ragtime. Here is another popular tune composed and played by Joplin.


  • Try to clap or tap the beat while listening along. Do you find it hard or easy to feel the pulse?
  • Does the key of this piece sound major or minor? (Hint: major=happy, minor=sad)
  • What do you think are some challenges of playing ragtime piano?