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This is the Music merit badge for Scouts, Lone Scouts, and qualified Venturers or Sea Scouts.

Music merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1911
Renamed from: Musician
BSA Advancement ID: 077
Requirements revision:  2017 
Latest pamphlet revision: 2013 


The history of music is rich and exciting. Through the ages, new music has been created by people who learned from tradition, then explored and innovated. All the great music has not yet been written. Today, the possibilities for creating new music are limitless.

The Music merit badge was one of the original 57 merit badges issued by the Boy Scouts of America in 1911. Music replaced the 1910 Musician "Badge of Merit".

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

The official source for the information shown in this is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2018 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #641568)

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Worksheet A FREE workbook for Music is available here! (PDF or Word) with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need! Or click here to print just the Music requirements. has PDF and Word versions of workbooks for Scouts BSA ranks and merit badges, Cub Scouting ranks and adventures, and STEM Nova awards.

  1. Music is a popular merit badge.

Requirement resources

1. Music Symbols - Key Signatures - Musical Terms

Lessons Videos: Singing - How to Play Music - Guitar - Piano - Piano Chords - Major & Minor Scales

2. The five general groups of musical instruments - Yahoo Answers - - Wikipedia - Classifying Musical Instruments

How tones are generated - How Instruments Make Sound: Vibration (Drum) - Wikipedia: Vibrating String - Animated String

3. Types of music: The Big Bands Database - The Blues Foundation Classical Music Archives - Country Music Assn

Int. Bluegrass Music Assn - Red Hot Jazz Archive - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - Smithsonian
Links to Composers - Links to Songwriters
History of American music

4b. Music Theory: Help for Composing
4c. Make a traditional instrument - another site

Related awards

Art Awards Links - (Music is an applied art)

Art-related awards


  • The Musician Badge was one of the original badges from the 1910 Official Handbook. It was relabeled as the Music merit badge in 1911.

See also

Scouts BSA portal
Venturing portal
Sea Scout portal
General Merit Badge information

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