LESSON 4 - Instruments and Styles

Ragtime

 

Scott Joplin is famous for writing rags such as Maple Leaf Rag. His most famous one, The Entertainer, was used in the film The Sting (starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford).

 

Assignment

There may be somebody in your class/ school who can play The Entertainer. Ask that person to bring in the piano music and play it for the class. If not, listen to this MIDI version of The Entertainer. Can you hear the left hand part? How is it different from the music played by the right hand? What features of jazz can you hear? What has it in common with this short rag?