Music Merit Badge Pamphlet Music Merit Badge


These were the requirements before the revisions made in 2011

To see the changes made at that time, Click here.

To see the CURRENT requirements, Click here.

For the previous requirements, Click here.

A revised merit badge pamphlet which merged Bugling into Music (shown above), and with revised requirements, was released in early 2010.
The revised requirements weren’t to become official until the 2011 Boy Scout Requirements book was released in January 2011.
However, in August 2010, BSA reversed their decision to discontinue Bugling as a separate Merit Badge.
A replacement pamphlet, retaining both badges will be released to replace it.

The 2011 Boy Scout Requirements book includes the previous requirements, with none of the changes shown below.

We assume that, if Scouts have a copy of the new merit badge pamphlet with Music only,
 they can choose to earn the Music merit badge using the requirements as listed in the pamphlet and shown below,
including the new bugling option,  or they may earn Music merit badge using the previous requirements.

  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 ONE of the following:
    1. 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.
    2. 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 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 forhim or her, and explain why you like these songs. Ask hat he or she thinks of your favorite music.
    3. 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. Catalog your own or your family's collection of 12 or more compact discs, tapes, records, or other recorded music. Show how to handle and store them.
  4. Do TWO of the following:
    1. Teach three songs to a group of people. Lead them in singing the songs, using proper hand motions.
    2. Serve for six months as a member of a school band, drum and bugle corps, choir, or other organized musical group, or perform as a soloist in public six times.
    3. Compose and write the score for a piece of music of 12 measures or more, and play this music on an instrument.
    4. Make a traditional instrument and learn to play it.
    5. Give a brief history of the bugle, and explain how the bugle is related to other brass wind instruments. Demonstrate how the bugle makes sound, then explain how to care for, clean, and maintain a bugle.
    6. Compose a bugle call for your troop or patrol to signal a common group activity, such as assembling for mealtime or striking a campsite. Play the call that you have composed before your unit or patrol.
    7. Sound the following bugle calls: Then explain when each of these calls is used.

Note: A bugle, trumpet, or cornet may be used to meet requirements 4b (drum and bugle corps), 4e, 4f, and 4g.

The music and audio files (recorded by a professional bugler, complements of the Frederick Military Academy Alumni website) ,
of the bugle calls in requirement 4g can be accessed
by clicking on the individual bugle calls listed.

BSA Advancement ID#: 77
Requirements last updated in: 2010
Pamphlet Stock Number: 35921
Pamphlet SKU Number: 610015
Pamphlet Revision Date: 2010

Worksheets for use in working on these requirements: Prepared by
Craig Lincoln
Word Format PDF Format

Blanks in this worksheets table appear when we do not have a worksheet for the badge that includes these requirements.

Page updated on: May 08, 2022

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