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from the Hey Kid's Meet the Composer Index

Scott Joplin (1867 or 1868-1917) American Musician and Composer

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Scott Joplin, the second of six children, was born sometime between June 1867 and January 1868 in eastern Texas. His father had been a slave while his mother was born a free black woman. After 1871 Joplin and his family moved to Texarkana, Texas. It was then that young Scott taught himself music on a piano in a home where his mother worked. Read more....

Create a Writing Assignment
Write a few paragraphs on Scott Joplin that includes facts about his life and music. Then ask your child to complete the project by watching and describing a recorded performance of Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag on The following questions will help to guide their critique.

1) Ragtime music is characterized by a left hand bass note pattern. Can you identify the pattern? (The left hand pattern of ragtime music is dominated by bass notes on odd-numbered beats and chords on even-numbered beats.)

2) Ragtime is an American musical style that predates jazz. Does Maple Leaf Rag sound more like classical music or jazz? (The syncopated rhythms and stride-style piano make ragtime more closely related to jazz.)

Print a Word Search
Print a Meet the Composer Word Search for Scott Joplin. Let your kids know how many words there are to find, and then ask them to complete the word search by identifying and circling the keywords found in the "Hey Kid's, Meet Scott Joplin" biography. Completing the exercise in this way will strengthen your child's reading skills as they work to evaluate the main ideas in the text.

Play Scott Joplin's Music
Give your kids a hands-on music making experience. Ask your child's music teacher about including the study of one of these pieces in their music lesson.

The Entertainer for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo
Maple Leaf Rag for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo
Easy Winners for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo
The Entertainer for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
The Entertainer for Easy Clarinet Solo with Piano Accompaniment
The Entertainer for Easy Trumpet Solo with Piano Accompaniment

Download a New Ringtone
Download the first movement from Scott Joplin's The Entertainer or Maple Leaf Rag as your cell phone's new ringtone. Ask your kids who the composer is, or facts about the composer, when the phone rings. You may find yourself asking, "Is that my phone" often because you don't remember the ringtone, but your kids will be enriched.

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