It can be hard to describe ragtime music, but we certainly know it when we hear it. The MakingMusicFun.net Music Dictionary for Kids defines ragtime as “a syncopated form of early jazz.” The irregular, upbeat rhythm of the melodies against the steady bass made ragtime popular dance music when it was first being composed in the early 20th Century.
Anyone who plays or teaches piano should explore ragtime piano music, as the piano is recognized as the most prominent instrument in ragtime pieces. In fact, many well-known ragtime compositions were originally written for piano solo. Ragtime classics have been arranged for all difficulty levels so any piano student can find a ragtime piano solo to enjoy. As you might expect, Scott Joplin piano music dominates the list.
The Entertainer for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo
The Entertainer for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo – Play and Learn™
Easy Winners for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo (Free!)
Maple Leaf Rag for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo (Free!)
Pineapple Rag for Easy/Intermediate Piano Solo
Alexander’s Ragtime Band for Intermediate/Level 4 Piano Solo (Free!)
The Bethena Rag for Intermediate Piano Solo
Nola for Intermediate Piano Solo
The Entertainer for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
The Entertainer for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo – Play and Learn™
All pieces are printable instant digital downloads. The Play and Learn™ version offers additional information and activities regarding the composer.
Ragtime piano music is undeniably fun to play and listen to, and every student should have at least one ragtime solo in their repertoire.
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