Scott Joplin’s Ragtime Music Lesson Plan


Ragtime music is steeped in history. This musical lesson plan will teach your students about the origin of Ragtime Music and one of the most famous Ragtime composers, Scott Joplin.

Lesson includes digital links to YouTube videos and free audio files. There are also several writing activities, musical activities, theater (theatre) activities, dance activities and/or art activities to go along. Additionally, there is information about the composer Scott Joplin.

This is the perfect lesson and activity to use for Black History Month with elementary school children and teachers. The song is about 5 minutes long and the lesson could take about 30 minutes. Depending on the activity or activities you choose they could take 15+ minutes to complete.



Lesson includes:

  • Lesson plan about the origin of Ragtime Music and composer Scott Joplin
  • Digital links to YouTube videos & Audio Files
  • Scott Joplin: In Depth about the composer (including pictures)
  • Banjo, Guitar & Other Stringed Instruments Fact sheets
  • Vocabulary
  • Printable Worksheet about Ragtime and Scott Joplin
  • Printable Worksheet about the Banjo vs Guitar
  • Printable Sheet Music Cover Worksheet
  • Several writing, art, and dance activities
  • Book list


  • Lesson takes about 30 minutes
  • Activities take 15+ minutes to complete
  • Pages: 37
  • Grades: K-6


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