Music Appreciation Badge



COMPLETED:  In Progress


Do ten of the following, including the italicized requirements:

  1. Choose one of the following kinds of music and listen to it over a period of several months: piano, violin, or other solo music; church music; chamber music; symphonic music. Keep a listener’s log of what you hear.
  2. Listen to symphony orchestras at concerts or on the phonograph or radio. Collect pictures of instruments that are found in symphony orchestras. Show that you know what instruments are in each of the four choirs; how the characteristic sound in each choir is produced. If possible, look at the kind of score the conductor uses.
  3. Write a short story or play based on an incident in the life of a great composer.
  4. Choose any four works of a great composer and hear them as often as you can until you feel that you are well acquainted with them and with the composer.
  5. Choose a phase of music, such as opera, symphony, dance forms, chamber music, and trace its development up to the present time.
  6. Collect and write in a music notebook the words and music of at least ten folk songs and art songs dealing with one subject, such as sea songs, holiday songs, or good-night songs, that would be useful to your troop.
  7. Listen to the music from one particular opera on the phonograph or radio until you are able to recognize the main themes or the arias; know which characters are singing them. Tell the story of the opera; know the names of the composer and the librettist and interesting facts about them.
  8. Arrange a concert to be played on the phonograph, that will center about one or two instruments. Notice the range of the instruments, and become familiar with their voices so that you can recognize them.
  9. Make a list of records you would buy if you were making a collection that would represent several types of music, instruments, composers, and performers.
  10. Prepare and put on a music program for your troop, another troop, or your parents. Sing, play, use phonograph records, or get someone else to sing or play songs or selections. Tell your guests some of the interesting things that you have found out about these selections, and plan your program so they can take some part in it.
  11. Find out how folk songs originate and some of their general characteristics. learn twelve folk songs, from at least five countries, including two Negro spirituals and two cowboy songs from the United States of America.
  12. Find out enough about the following kinds of musical compositions to explain them: madrigal, chorale, oratorio, opera, concerto, symphony, and ballet. Learn the titles of two compositions of each type and the names of the composers.
  13. Select one type of music, for example, symphonic, operatic, chamber. Plan a series of phonograph or radio meetings to listen to this type of music. Before each meeting, find out all you can about the music to be played and discuss afterward what you have discovered about range of instruments or voices, rhythm, and the way music is built.
  14. Discuss and dramatize good musical manners for a concert in a public hall, during a radio or phonograph program in a home.
  15. Show how to care for musical instruments, phonographs, and records.

One comment

  1. […] music very, very much – after all, as a music licensor, it’s my job. So when I plucked the Music Appreciation badge from the hat as my November project, I was initially disappointed; I already spend at least nine […]

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