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<ul><li><p>Black History MonthFebruary is Black History Month a celebration of the struggles, victories, and contributions of African Americans. Its a time to remember the important people and events that have influenced America. </p></li><li><p>Carter G. Woodson began the tradition in 1926 by celebrating Black History Week because it was marked by the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.</p></li><li><p>Famous Black ComposersRagtime Music</p></li><li><p>Ragtime MusicVery popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuryRequired a great deal of musical skillMusic pieces were composed to show difficulty (sophisticated)</p></li><li><p>Ragtime Music ContdMusic was jazzy or raggedy soundingConsidered by some to be the first style of music developed in the United StatesMajor influence on early jazzComposed with Syncopated rhythm</p></li><li><p>SyncopationWas often seen in African-American musicRhythm was brought from AfricaSlaves often added it to familiar tunesSyncopation is any rhythm that puts an emphasis on a weak beat</p></li><li><p>Ernest HoganBorn Ernest Reuben Crowders1865-1909First African American to produce and star in a Broadway showCredited with creating Ragtime Music</p></li><li><p>Shep Edmonds1876-1957Was a Performer/SongwriterFirst African American to start a music publishing company (Named Attacks Music Company for Crispus Attacks)He published music of many other black ragtime composers.</p></li><li><p>Scott Joplin1867?-1917From Sedalia, MissouriProbably the most well known rag-time composer.Songs include The Maple Leaf Rag and The Entertainer</p></li><li><p>Eubie Blake</p><p>1887-1983, lived in Baltimore, MD He was one of the most important figures in early 20th century American musicWrote the Broadway musical Shuffle Along in 1921 one of the first Broadway musicals ever to be written and directed by an African American</p></li><li><p>James Reese Europe1881-1919He was a leading figure in ragtime music and early jazzBandleader, arranger, and composerLed his band at a concert at Carnegie Hall in 1912Bandleader for Vernon &amp; Irene Castle, headline dancers responsible for pioneering the Fox Trot</p></li><li><p>Ragtime and DancingThe Charleston, a ragtime song, inspired a dance craze that stormed America. This dance was developed in black communities like those in Charleston, SC which is the city the song was named for. The dance spread to become popular world-wide. </p></li><li><p>In Summary.Ragtime music was the first type of music that was completely developed in the United States. It led to jazz and other forms of popular and modern music we enjoy today. These were all influenced by those early black ragtime composers. </p></li><li><p>Sound clips from: http://www.eadcentral.com/go/1/1/0/http://www.trachtman.org/ragtime/Information and pictures from Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/index.html Other information from:http://cnx.org/content/m10878/latest/</p></li></ul>