Music Merit Badge
Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class, and the event the class is being held in conjunction with, that registration may take a little time.

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. - Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you will not be allowed to participate if you have not provided your signed blue card prior to the class - you should have forwarded your blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail:
Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.

If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.
Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Music Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference and completion of any Merit Badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Music Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here .   If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST 
Music Merit Badge Current Requirements
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Music Merit Badge Workbook
Music Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page

Music Merit Badge Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Music Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

5. Your musical instrument (if needed for completion of requirement(s))

6. A positive Scouting focus and attitude


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.

Scouts will complete this requirement in class. Scouts must be able to read music or have the basic concepts of musical notation in order to likely be able to complete this requirement in the class. Scouts should bring their preferred musical instrument for completion of this requirement in class (a piano will be available for in-person classes).


2. Name the five general groups of musical instruments. Create an illustration that shows how tones are generated and how instruments produce sound.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss. It is strongly recommended that Scouts use the Scoutmaster Bucky Music Merit Badge Workbook to make notes in prior to the class so as to be better able to participate in the discussion on this requirement within the class. Scouts will need to create their illustration prior to the class as the class will focus on discussion based off of Scouts preparation work on their illustrations.


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 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 of your relative's 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 for your relative, and explain why you like these songs. Ask what he or she thinks of your favorite music.

c. Serve for six months as a member of a school band, choir, or other organized 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.

Scouts should choose from option A, B, or C and be prepared to share their findings, experience, and/or information with the class.


3A - Scouts should bring in samples of their selected musical style to share with the counselor and class. This will help the counselor understand the music that the Scout used to complete this requirement, and while not required, will also be fun to share with the other Scouts within the class. If choosing this option, make sure to bring something proper to play the music on for everyone to hear.


3B - Scouts choosing this option should utilize the Scoutmaster Bucky Music Merit Badge Workbook in order to show that they have covered all of the components. If available, Scouts should bring the songs, that were shared between them and those they interviewed, to the class to share. This will help the counselor understand the music that the Scout used to complete this requirement, and while not required, will also be fun to share with the other Scouts within the class. If choosing this option, make sure to bring something proper to play the music on for everyone to hear.


3C - Scouts choosing this option should have a signed note from their school music teacher, instrument teacher or music group manager or leader stating that they have fulfilled this requirement. It is recommended that contact information is included with this for the merit badge counselor to validate if desired. Scouts choosing this option may also want to be prepared to play their instrument or sing one of their favorite songs as a part of the class.


Requirement 3D will be worked on in the class, however Scouts must prepare by researching and making notes on their findings for this requirement. Scouts will need to be prepared for explanation within the class to the counselor. While these explanations are likely to take place in a group discussion format, Scouts will not be signed off on this requirement just for participating in the discussion, they will be required to show that they have done preparation for this prior to the class in order to complete this requirement in the class.


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, and play this music on an instrument.

c. Make a traditional instrument and learn to play it.

Scouts should come prepared to share their choice within the class. If 4a is selected, Scouts will have an opportunity to teach the other Scouts in the class these songs. If 4b is selected, Scouts should bring all necessary equipment / instruments to share their composition with the class. If 4c is selected, Scouts should bring their instrument and be ready to show their ability to play it in the class.


5. Define for your counselor intellectual property (IP). Explain how to properly obtain and share recorded music.

Scouts will find the use of the current Music and Bugling Merit Badge pamphlet to give a good explanation for an understanding needed to complete this requirement.  It is recommended that Scouts utilize this resource, or other comparable resources to be prepared for explanation during the class. Only Scouts who can share their understanding of the requirement and its objective will be considered for sign off on this requirement at the discretion of the counselor. Be prepared.

this page last reviewed / updated: February 2020