Find classroom resources to help your students understand the complex themes and characters in the classic American musical Ragtime, based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow.

We offer pre-show materials, including a synopsis, character descriptions and a podcast about the history of Ragtime music. Our post-show resources include a classroom activity and discussion questions. Our production resources incorporate ELA and Social Studies curricula, and follow Common Core standards.

The History of Ragtime Podcast

Track the origins of this American art form and learn about its influences on music and culture

Ford’s Teaching Artist Jennie Eng interviews Rob Bamberger, Host of Hot Jazz Saturday Night on WAMU, about the history and legacy of Ragtime. In this short podcast, students and music enthusiasts alike will enjoy the journey Jennie and Rob take as they explore the ragtime craze at the turn-of-the-century.