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.

Upcoming Events

Teacher Preview

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at 5:30 p.m.

Immerse yourself in the history and era of ragtime music! Addressing themes of immigration, race and economic inequality, this musical provides a wealth of classroom learning opportunities.

Student Matinees

Fridays, March 17 and 24, and May 19, 2017, at noon

Based on E.L. Doctorow’s novel, this epic musical depicts three families striving for the American dream at the turn of the 20th century. Recommended for ages 12 and up.