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Scott Joplin | Homeschool Music Lesson Plans

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Hey Kids, Meet Joplin

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

Scott Joplin | Hey Kids, Meet the Composer Biography

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....


Scott Joplin 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. The following question will help to guide their critique.

Ragtime is an American musical style that predates jazz, but comes after the classical music era. Does Maple Leaf Rag sound more like classical music or jazz? (The syncopated rhythms and stride-style piano makes ragtime more closely related to jazz.)


Music Lesson Plan Worksheets

Learn about Scott Joplin with a printable famous composer worksheet.

Scott Joplin | Meet the Composer Word Search


Beginner and Easy Sheet Music

Appreciating the talent of a famous composer is never richer than when you're playing their music. Ask your child's music teacher about including the study of Joplin's music in their music lesson.

Beginner and Easy Piano Sheet Music

The Entertainer Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 3
The Entertainer for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo - Play and Learn™
The Entertainer Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 5
The Entertainer for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo - Play and Learn™
Maple Leaf Rag Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 3
Easy Winners Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 3

Beginner and Easy Band/Orchestra Instrument Sheet Music

The Entertainer Easy Flute Sheet Music
The Entertainer Easy Clarinet Sheet Music
The Entertainer Easy Alto Saxophone Sheet Music
The Entertainer Easy Trumpet Sheet Music
The Entertainer Easy Trombone Solo Sheet Music
The Entertainer Easy Violin Sheet Music
The Entertainer Easy Viola Sheet Music
The Entertainer Easy Cello Sheet Music


Download a Famous Composer 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.