Ragtime Music: Definition, Composers & History


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What is considered the root of ragtime music?

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1. What event helped make ragtime popular?

2. Which composer was known as the 'King of Ragtime'?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Ragtime was a critical point in the development of later, more well-known musical styles such as jazz. This assessment will test you on some key points related to ragtime music, such as significant ragtime composers and the influences of ragtime music.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Musical precursors to ragtime
  • Ragtime's rise in popularity
  • Notable ragtime composers
  • Composers who were influenced by ragtime
  • Ragtime tutorial

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - check your recollection of the basic facts related to ragtime music, including its history, influence and notable composers
  • Making connections - draw the connections between earlier musical forms and ragtime music, in addition to ragtime's influence on later, prominent composers
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of ragtime music to identify key ragtime composers and compositions that contributed to the form

Additional Learning

For additional information about ragtime music, utilize the lesson called Ragtime Music: Definition, Composers & History. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Early history of ragtime
  • The connection between ragtime and syncopated orchestras
  • Important ragtime composers and works
  • Ragtime's popularity in American culture