Music Merit Badge
Requirements for the Music merit badge:
- Sing or play a simple song or hymn chosen by your counselor using good technique, phrasing, tone, rhythm, and dynamics. Read all the signs and terms of the score.
- Name the five general groups of musical instruments. Create an illustration that shows how tones are generated and how instruments produce sound.
- Do TWO of the following:
- Attend a live performance, or listen to three hours of recordings from any two of the following musical styles: blues, jazz, classical, country, bluegrass, ethnic, gospel, musical theater, opera. Describe the sound of the music and the instruments used. Identify the composers or songwriters, the performers, and the titles of the pieces you heard. If it was a live performance, describe the setting and the reaction of the audience. Discuss your thoughts about the music.
- Interview an adult member of your family about music. Find out what the most popular music was when he or she was your age. Find out what his or her favorite music is now, and listen to three of your relative's favorite tunes with him or her. How do those favorites sound to you? Had you ever heard any of them? Play three of your favorite songs for your relative, and explain why you like these songs. Ask what he or she thinks of your favorite music.
- Serve for six months as a member of a school band, choir, or other organized musical group, or perform as a soloist in public six times.
- List five people who are important in the history of American music and explain to your counselor why they continue to be influential. Include at least one composer, one performer, one innovator, and one person born more than 100 years ago.
- Do ONE of the following:
- Teach three songs to a group of people. Lead them in singing the songs, using proper hand motions.
- Compose and write the score for a piece of music of 12 measures or more, and play this music on an instrument.
- Make a traditional instrument and learn to play it.
- Define for your counselor intellectual property (IP). Explain how to properly obtain and share recorded music.
Mar 23, 2021 - Eli
If you play an instrument this is easy to earn.
Apr 26, 2021 - Gabriel Williams
I definitely agree with Eli. I play both the piano and violincello and have been playing for 6+ years. This is one of the most easiest merit badges to complete.
Nov 13, 2021 - Will Fuller
I also agree. I have played trumpet for 12 years (since I was 4), so this was easy for me. If you play trumpet or a similar instrument,this can kill two birds with one stone. Bugling merit badge and Music have mostly the same requirements (Hint: The four types of instruments [Requirement 4] are Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion, Strings, and Keyboards.
Mar 15, 2022 - Cash
Can i write a guitar tab for Requirement 4b.
Jan 01, 2023 - Austin
Depends on what your counselor says but probably not since tab is unique to just guitar not any other instrument
Feb 27, 2023 - Ellie
This is also one of the easier merit badges to complete for newer scouts.
Apr 10, 2023 - Andrew (M.Ed. Music)
The five families (groups) of instruments are brass, woodwinds, percussion, strings, and voice (not keyboards). Each produce their sound a different way - buzzing, air/reed, scrape/shake/strike, or with the vocal cords in the larynx.
May 09, 2023 - Mandy
Has anyone made a traditional instrument and if so what was it?
May 20, 2023 - sctmmbob
We had scouts make a pan flute with pvc pipe. Several plans available on the web.
Jun 01, 2023 - Jon
Depending on how you choose to break it down, and what you choose to consider an instrument, there are a lot more than 5 families of instruments. However, the 5 families listed in the 2023 Music Merit Badge pamphlet are: Percussion, Wind, Strings, Keyboard and Electronic.
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