Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Music Merit Badge






  1. 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.
  2. Name the five general groups of musical instruments. Create an illustration that shows how tones are generated and how instruments produce sound.
  3. Do TWO of the following:
        A. 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.
        B. Interview your parents and grandparents about music. Find out what the most popular music was
              when they were your age. Find out what their favorite music is now, and listen to three of their
              favorite tunes with them. How do their favorites sound to you? Had you ever heard any of them?
              Play three of your favorite songs for them, and explain to them why you like these songs. Ask them
              what they think of your favorite music.
        C. Serve for six months as a member of a school band, choir, or other local musical group; or perform
              as a soloist in public six times.
        D. 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.
  4. Do ONE of the following:
        A. Teach three songs to a group of people. Lead them in singing the songs, using proper hand motions.
        B. Compose and write the score for a piece of music of 12 measures or more.
        C. Make a traditional instrument and learn to play it.
        D. Catalog your own or your family's collection of 12 or more compact discs, tapes or records. Show
              how to handle and store them.

Music Worksheets for use in working on these requirements

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout Is...

A Scout tells the truth.
He keeps his promises.
Honesty is part of his code of conduct.
People can depend on him.
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.LOYAL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.HELPFUL
A Scout is a friend to all.
He is a brother to other Scouts.
He seeks to understand others.
He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle.
He treats others as he wants to be treated.
He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.
He obeys the laws of his community and country.
If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
A Scout looks for the bright side of things.
He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others.
He saves for unforeseen needs.
He protects and conserves natural resources.
He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid.
He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean.
He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals.
He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is reverent toward God.
He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.