Instrumental Music by Genre Badge rock musicclassical music

(Discover Art)

Written by Charlotte (R) Duke, Eagle

(You may use any higher level requirement as an optional requirement.)

This badge may be earned for any genre of instrumental music you choose such as classical, rap, polka, swing, etc.


Penguins: Do 3 requirements including the one starred *.

____ 1*.  Listen to a piece of the type of music you chose to learn about. What does it sound like?  How does it make you feel?


Otters: Do 4 requirements including the two starred *.

____ 1*.  Do Penguin requirement 1, but listen to three different pieces in your chosen variety.

____ 2*.  Find someone else who likes to listen to your type of music and talk to them about it.  Ask them what they like about it, who is their favorite composer, what is their favorite piece of music, etc.  If you cannot find anyone who likes your type of music, read a book about it.


Dolphins: Do 5 requirements including the two starred *.

____ 1*.  Do Otter requirements 1 & 2, but listen to five different pieces of music in your style.

____ 2*.  Learn about the history of your type of music.  Where did it originate?


Butterflies: Do 6 requirements including the two starred *.

____ 1*.  Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2, but listen to seven different pieces of music in your style.

____ 2*.   Make a timeline of events in the history of your type of music.  Events could include concerts, births of famous musicians, etc.  You must have at least 10 items on your timeline.


Eagles: Do 7 requirements including the two starred *.

____ 1*.  Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2, but listen to at least ten different pieces of music in your style and have 15 items on your timeline.

____ 2*.  Read a biography of a person connected with your sort of music and be able to list at least two significant facts about them.


Owls:  Do 9 requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1. *  Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2

_____ 2. *  Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone.   You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge.   If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.


Optional Requirements:

____ 3.  Some bands have given themselves names that seem rather peculiar.  Make a list of bands in your style of music and see if there are any themes that suggest themselves to you, such as food or places.

____ 4.  Write an essay about your type of music.  What makes it so special to you?

____ 5.  Pick your favorite band/music group that performs your style of music and learn about their history and how they got started.  Tell your family or Troop what you learned.

____ 6.  Attend a performance of your type of music.  How many of the pieces of music played had you heard before?

____ 7.  Make a poster, scrapbook page, collage, etc, that shows what you like about your favorite band or the type of music it plays.  Show it to your family or Troop.

____ 8.  If your chosen variety of music is not a dance form choose one of your favorite pieces and try to create a dance to go along with it. If your chosen style of music is a dance form (polka, swing, etc.), learn to dance that way.

____ 9.  Learn about careers in the music business, such as music teachers, musicians, composers, etc.  Butterflies & up: if possible shadow someone who works in the music industry for a day.

____ 10.  Choose a piece of music in your selected variety of music and learn the history behind it.  If you cannot find any history behind your chosen piece learn who wrote it and why.

____ 11.  Make a list of song titles or pieces of music in your particular genre. Group them either by what key they are in (for classical music particularly – most are labelled with what key they are in, W. A. Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A Major, for example) or by who wrote the music for them. Make a graph showing which composer wrote the most pieces or which were the most frequently used keys.

____ 12.  Watch a music video or a selection of video clips of pieces of music in your style. (Music video clips can be found on YouTube – get your parent's permission before going online.)

____ 13.  Learn to play a piece of music in your style on a musical instrument.

____ 14.  On a map find 5 places that are connected in some way with your type of music, such as the birthplaces of famous musicians, sites of concerts, countries where your style of music developed, etc.  Show them to at least two other people.

____ 15.  Visit the birthplace or home of a famous person in your style of music. (An online tour is also acceptable.)

____ 16.  Do you know anyone who plays your type of music for dances or talent shows, etc?  Talk to them and ask how they got started and what attracted them to that particular style of music.