Scott Joplin: The Basis For Ragtime Music

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Scott Joplin was an American Composer of African American descent, born November 24, 1868, in Northeast Texas. As a child, he took up the piano after trying the guitar for many years. Joplin took to the piano quickly and later became a traveling musician as a teen. He was extremely talented on many different instruments . During his traveling years he developed the basis for ragtime music. In the 1890’s Joplin studied music at the George R. Smith College. In the late 1890’s Joplin wrote his first ragtime music, but he had to share credit with the arranger. The next song he wrote was "The Maple Leaf Rag" and this time he ensured that he would make money for the copies sold and receive the credit. His song became a hit and it was followed

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