Scott Joplin Biography
While there is uncertainty regarding Scott Joplin’s date of birth, considered to be in November 1868, there is less doubt as to his American birth-place: the developing border town Texarkana. This was situated in the north-eastern corner of Texas close to the state line that separated Texas from Arkansas. Born just six years after the abolition of slavery, Joplin’s father had been a slave while his mother was free born. His parents had amateur musical interests enabling him to grow up within a musically sympathetic home and by the age of seven he began piano lessons with a neighbouring white teacher. This local musician nurtured Joplin’s innate musical gifts and, as well as providing a rudimentary musical education, encouraged his life-long interest in music for the stage.