A Guide For Music Educators PART IA Ragtime Life

Samantha Foss
3 min readJan 20


There’s a lot to like about ragtime music. The funky rhythms, the upbeat tempo, and the infectious beats make this music a popular choice for people of all ages. This article contains information about some of the most famous ragtime composers and bands. In addition, you’ll learn about the revival of ragtime music in the 1970s.

Scott Joplin, the great African American composer of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, was born in Texas in 1868. His father was a formerly enslaved person. He was the second of six children. During his youth, Joplin attended Lincoln High School in a black neighbourhood north of the railroad.

Despite his lack of formal training, Joplin mastered the piano and learned how to write down his compositions. When he was a teenager, he performed in bars and dance halls. A German-born music teacher, Julian Weiss, took notice of his talent.

Joplin’s music reached the top marketing charts for classical categories. But, by the time he died, he was discouraged and poor. The story of E. J. Stark’s Ragtime Life is more straightforward than the name would suggest. He was an accomplished musician, composer, and arranger. His ragtime music was popular. It was not just his works, though.

The most famous piece by George Botsford was “Black and White Rag”. Although most of his writings were noted for the tango dance craze in the early to mid-1910s, he gained experience performing. Simon Stark was also a talented pianist. In 1898, he composed “W.M.A. Cadets’ March.” This patriotic rag was based on lyrics by his father, John.

Simon had a strong desire to become a professional musician. He lived at 7377 Maple Avenue in Maplewood, a western suburb of St. Louis. In addition to his work as a musician, he worked as a teacher and orchestra leader. George Botsford is remembered as one of the great exponents of technical ragtime music. His Black and White Rag is one of the most famous rags and is still performed today.

Botsford began writing ragtime music in the early 1900s. He took lessons from a teacher who studied the works of Bellak. Eventually, he secured his first songwriting contract with J.H. Remick & Co. The Remick Music Company helped to boost his career. In addition to his work as a composer, Botsford joined the Remick staff as an arranger.

Irving Berlin’s Ragtime Life was a long and varied one. He started as a singer and vaudeville performer, worked as a waiter, wrote Broadway songs, and was a film composer. However, his career ended with his death in New York on September 22, 1989.

The New England Conservatory Ragtime Ensemble is a group of musicians with a knack for combining the old with the new. Its repertoire features classic ragtime and jazz idioms arranged by Gunther Schuller, a former N.E.C. president who founded the group in 1972. Some of its alums have become notable figures in the ragtime genre.

The award-winning ensemble has won numerous awards for its high-octane romp through the ragtime canon. Some of its more notable accomplishments include a performance at the White House for Gerald Ford and a sold-out Scott Joplin ragtime event at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Only in the late 1970s, the musical style of ragtime was widely appreciated. Ragtime originated in the African-American community of the Southern United States, and its musical structure blended syncopated rhythms with minstrel songs. It was a mixture of European classical music and African syncopation.

Although ragtime was not popular in the early twentieth century, it was still played by jazz musicians. Jazz bands recorded ragtime on 78 rpm records. Newer styles supplanted it in the 1920s. However, the revival of ragtime in the 1950s and 1960s attracted more modern composers.



Samantha Foss

Samantha Foss is a multi-instrumentalist and genre-savvy musician of exceptional skill and ability.