Musical Instrument Badge
(Submitted by Doreen Olsen)
This badge can be earned multiple times using a different instrument each time. There are more than 170 instruments listed at the bottom of the badge to choose from.
Penguin: Do 3 requirements including the 2 starred
_____1.*Demonstrate the proper way to play your instrument and how to care for it. Know the names of all the parts of your instrument.
_____2.* Learn to play a song on your instrument at your current level of ability.
Otter: Do 4 requirements including the 2 starred
_____1 *Do Penguin 1 and 2. Play two major scales OR one major scale and its relative minor on your instrument.
_____2 *Learn to play a new song on your instrument at your current level of ability. Play the song for another person.
Dolphin: Do 5 requirements including the 2 starred
_____1. *Play three major scales and two of their relative minors on your instrument.
_____2. *Learn to play a new song on your instrument at your current level of ability. Play the song for at least two other people.
Butterfly: Do 6 requirements including the 2 starred.
_____1. *Play three major scales and their relative minors on your instrument.
_____2. *Learn to play a new song on your instrument at your current level of ability. Play the song for at least three other people.
Eagle: Do 7 requirements including the 2 starred.
_____1. *Play four major scales and their relative minors on your instrument.
_____2. *Learn to play a new song on your instrument at your current level of ability. Play the song for at least four other people on at least two different occasions.
Owl: Do 9 requirements including the 2 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.
_____3. Learn the history of your instrument and the names of three composers who have written music for it. Know the name of at least one composition by each of the three composers.
_____4. Attend a concert in which your instrument has a part.
_____5. Learn a song to play with at least one other person & perform it.
_____6. Draw the symbols of and be able to explain: whole note & rest, half note & rest, quarter note & rest, eighth note & rest, sixteenth note and rest.
_____7. Explain the following time signatures and be able to fill in measures using BOTH notes and rests: 4/4, ¾, 2/4, and 6/8.
_____8. Recognize by ear or sight and be able to play on your instrument a half and whole tone, thirds, fifths, and octaves.
_____9. Play your instrument in a recital/concert or during troop time.
_____10. Explore the differences between your instrument and other instruments. Learn to play an easy song on a new instrument. Learn how to care for it and the names of all the parts.
_____11. Give the meaning of these terms: piano, forte, crescendo, diminuendo, ritard, accelerando, Da Capo, allegro, andante, lento. Give the symbol or abbreviation for all except the last three terms.
_____12. Play from memory a song you have learned in the last six months.
_____13. Play a song by sight. Explain all signs and terms in it.
_____14. Compose a song and play it for someone else.
_____15. What is an orchestra? Describe the four different sections of a symphony orchestra, naming three instruments from each. To what section does each of the following belong: harp, bassoon, viola, celeste, tuba, English horn, tympany, piccolo?
_____16. Show with a baton how to lead a group playing songs written in ¾ and 4/4 time. Help a group perform in some way: choose the piece and obtain copies of the music, schedule practices, or arrange for a performance.
_____17. Play at least one song from each of four of the following categories:
Folk song, patriotic song, a church song/hymn, a classical piece written for your instrument, a classical piece written for another instrument and transcribed for yours, a skill-building exercise, an action or silly song.
List of musical instruments
This list may not be comprehensive, but contains more than 170 different instruments to choose from.
Cor Anglais | English Horn
Heckelphone | Piccolo Heckelphone
(Not necessarily made from brass)
Cornett or Cornetto
Tenor Horn / Alto Horn (same instrument)
Free reed instruments
Pipe organ (some pipes; others are woodwind)
Samisen (or shamisen)
Xalam (or khalam)
-Other percussion instruments-
Zil (Finger cymbal)
Synthesizer (including Moog)
Suikinkutsu (Japanese water zither)