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Singing Badge

(Discover Art) by Kerry Cordy

 

Penguin (Do 3 requirements including the 2 starred)

_____1.* Learn to follow a tune.

_____2.* Learn a song from two of the following music genres:

Round

Folk

Spiritual

Action Song

 

Otter (Do 4 requirements including the 2 starred)

________1.* Do Penguin requirements #1 and #2.

The key to a good singing is to do the following before starting:

Proper abdominal breathing (Learn and practice this technique). http://www.vocalist.org.uk/breathing_exercises.html

Good posture. Breathe during natural pauses.

Keep your chin level

Keep your knees loose

Keep your head up

Keep your shoulders sloping and relaxed

Keep your toes pointed forward with your weight on heels and soles

Keep the front of your neck loose - don't stretch it

Keep abdominal muscles relaxed

Keep your back muscles relaxed

Avoid holding your shoulders lifted and puffed out Relax and SMILE.

Try the following singing exercises: Stand with your shoulders relaxed, arms by your side. Breathe in slowly. Sing one note, holding the note for as long as you can without becoming short of breath. Do NOT suck in your stomach! Repeat the exercise with different notes using do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, do. Use different mouth shapes and vowels like "ooh", "ee", "a" and "aah".  Try singing an arpeggio up and down using different styles such as separated (staccato) or connected (legato).

_________2.*   Learn at least one of each of the following song types:

Round

Folk

Spiritual

Action Song

 

 

Dolphin (Do 5 requirements including the 1 starred)

_________1.* Do Otter #1 and #2. If you earned this badge before be sure to learn new songs for Otter #2.

 

_________ 2.*  Practice the breathing and singing exercises in Otter requirement #1.Show that you are familiar with musical grammar and punctuation.  Show that you know or can do the following:

-  Sing a major scale.

-  Be able to tell, upon hearing a few bars played, whether they are in a major or minor key.

-  Learn to recognize most of the intervals (a third, a fifth, a seventh) in the octave above middle C when they are played or sung.

-  Draw the symbols for the different types of notes and rests.  Explain their values.

 

Butterfly (Do 6 requirements including the 2 starred)

________1.* Do Dolphin Level 1 &2.  Explain the following time signatures, and write a measure for each signature, using both notes and rests for each, 2/2, 2/4, 4/4, and ¾.

 

________2.* Learn at least one of each of the following song types:

Round

Chorale

Folk

Spiritual

Country

Pop or Rock

Action Song

 

Eagle (Do 7 requirements including the 2 starred)

_______1.* Do Butterfly level 1 & 2.

________2*.  Sing a simple piece of music from sight, explain all the signs and terms in it, and beat its rhythm.

 

Owls (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.

 

Optional Requirements:

________3.  Learn a song from another country.

________4. Learn the history behind an American folk song.

________5.  Perform a song for your family, friends, or troop.

________6.  Write your own song and sing it for a family member, friend, or your troop.

________7.  Discuss good musical manners when attending different types of concerts, and when listening to music at home.

________8.  Research the background of a song you learned and tell some interesting facts to your troop.

________9.  Music and singing have always been used in the worship of God.  Choose your favorite spiritual song and find out about it’s history.  Who was the author?  Why did they write it?  What does the song say to you?

________10.  Plan to attend a concert and learn at least 3 of the songs to be sung before you go.  After the concert, write a short review for your friends.

________11. Listen to a piece of opera, and attend one if possible.   How does opera differ from what you are used to listening to?  Learn a short piece from an opera.

________12.  Find out how folk songs originate and some of their general characteristics.  Learn 6 folk songs from at least 3 countries.

________13.  Research the Underground Railroad and how songs were used by slaves to convey covert information.  Learn at least 3 of these songs, and their meanings. http://www.negrospirituals.com/

http://www.appleseedrec.com/underground/sounds.html

________14. Arrange a karaoke party for your friends or troop.

________15.  Teach at least 3 songs to a group of young children.

________16.   Computers are now a part of the world of music.  Visit a music store and find out what software is available to song writers.   Write your own song and if possible, use a computer program to help notate the music.

________17.  Learn about the minnesingers in Germany, the troubadours in southern France, or the early minstrels in England.  Learn a song or two of the kind that they might have sung.

________18.  Choose a song writer and read their biography. Write a short report on their life, and learn at least 3 of their songs.