(Use this section with Listener Worksheet #1 and Listener Worksheet #2)
Jelly Roll Morton: "Tiger Rag" (Adam Swanson, piano)
Ragtime music is an early form of jazz that was popular at the turn of the 20th century. Watch as the pianist uses his whole forearm on the keys to make the sound of the tiger's roar! Click
to listen to a short radio show about ragtime music.
Bluegrass is American folk music. This video features Tony Rice playing the guitar in the
style. It also includes many other bluegrass instruments. Have you ever seen a mandolin, a steel guitar, or a banjo before? You can read more about bluegrass and its instruments
Violin and Orchestra:
William Kroll: "Banjo and Fiddle" (Jennifer Pike, violin)
Classical composers often take their inspiration from folk music. Here, American composer William Kroll was inspired by bluegrass music. Listen as the violinist plucks the strings to imitate the sound of the banjo and uses the bow when she wants to sound like a bluegrass fiddler.
Voice (Broadway Singing):