Scott Joplin

By Shelbie Ward

Childhood

Scott was born in 1867 along the borderline between Texas and Arkansas raised in a town name Texarkana.

He started playing the guitar but switched to the piano when he was a little boy, and as a teen he was a traveling musician

He left his home town when he was a teen traveling musician

He studied at Sedalia's George R. Smith College for Negroes during the 1890's

He also was a teacher and mentor to other ragtime musicians

Music Life

Scott is from the time none as "Ragtime." He was an African-American pianist and composer. He wrote 44 original ragtime pieces, two operas, and one ragtime ballet. One of Scotts first pieces called "Maple Leaf Rag" came one of his influential hit.

Some of Scott's Music

personal life

Scott had three wives and no kids

Scott continued with his company with his third wife