Little Known Ragtime History
Grades: 3 - 5

Video Description: New October 2022! Learn about women and minority ragtime artists and enjoy a ragtime selection by a female composer.

Type of Video: Topical*
Unique Video ID: Music-32**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Prior to viewing the video ask students to name female and male composers or musicians from the early 20th century. Ask why they think more men were named than women. Once viewing is complete, have them journal their responses to the above questions.
  • Have students respond to the ragtime composition played by the orchestra. What images did it conjure in their mind? Why do they think this form of music would have been popular in the early 20th century? Could you dance to it? Discuss the style of ragtime including the music time and other format features and compare ragtime to current music.


*Topical videos are filmed on location in the classroom/workspace/laboratory, in studio, or a combination of both to explain and/or demonstrate specific concepts, events, topics, or processes.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.