What is "Musicianship Monthly?" Each month, I share links to free resources you can use to focus on a specific musicianship skill with your students all month long! Want to see past skills we have covered? Click HERE!
For February, we will be learning about a famous and influential American composer: Scott Joplin! Often called the "King of Ragtime," Joplin is remembered not only for his ragtime music, but also for the influence his music had on the many generations of jazz and contemporary composers that followed him.
Keep reading to learn more about Scott Joplin, as well as to find free worksheets, listening activities, and sheet music to celebrate this famous composer!
Next, let's look at a few of Scott Joplin's most famous pieces! Click on any of the links below to download a free PDF copy of these pieces, arranged for late elementary to early intermediate piano.
Maple Leaf Rag (late elementary piano) - Arr. Chrissy Ricker
The Entertainer (late elementary piano) - Arr. Chrissy Ricker
Easy Winners (early intermediate piano) - Arr. Andy Fling
You can also find many of Scott Joplin's pieces available in their original form (for advanced piano) on IMSLP's website HERE.
Finally, let's listen to some of Scott Joplin's most famous works! Below you will find piano performances on modern pianos, a performance on a piano from 1915 (like the piano Scott Joplin may have played), as well as a fun arrangement for ragtime band.