Ragtime- The Sound of America

Brian Hawkins

This performance introduces students to ragtime, a syncopated musical genre that directly preceded jazz and developed in Missouri at the turn of the twentieth century. In addition to being a joyful and infectious music to listen to, ragtime is inextricably tied to the civil rights struggles in America, as it provided black Americans with an early opportunity for their voices to be heard by a national audience. The program is equally divided between ragtime performances and concise lectures about various aesthetic and socio-political aspects of the music. 


To schedule this program please contact us at 816-531-4022 or  by email at booknow@kcya.org. 


Grade Levels: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12

Fees: $240 single, $427 double / The break between performances must not exceed 90 minutes to receive the reduced rate. Title 1 Schools may qualify for funding assistance.

Maximum Audience Size: 250

Availability: Flexible; Please inquire

Program Length: 45 minutes

Requirements: A piano is required. Depending on the size of the group a stage and sound system may be necessary. Teachers must be present at all times during performance.

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