Welcome back to Kids Commute - classical music for kids from Interlochen Public Radio. This week, we’re learning about ragtime music. Yesterday, we learned a little bit about syncopated rhythms - where the accented note is played where you don’t expect it to be accented. We also introduced you to Ernest Hogan, one of the earliest composers of ragtime music.
In today’s show, we learn about Tom Turpin, an African-American composer who lived in St. Louis, Missouri. He owned a saloon that became a hotbed for ragtime music. Find out what special modification he made to his piano in the saloon to make it easier for him to play. We uncover a little bit of a mystery when we ask who wrote the first piece of ragtime music. All of that, plus a hint for this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet. If you text us the correct answer, we’ll send you a Kids Commute Prize Pack! Thanks for listening to Kids Commute - music appreciation for kids from Interlochen Public Radio
"The Harlem Rag"
Composer: Tom Turpin
Pianist: Marco Fumo