Music and Bugling
BSA Supply No. 35921
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.
- 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.
- Name the five general groups of musical instruments. Create an illustration that shows how tones are generated and how instruments produce sound.
- Do TWO of the following:
Do ONE of the following:
- 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.
- Interview your parents and grandparents about music. Find out what the most popular music was when they were your age. Find out what their favorite music is now, and listen to three of their favorite tunes with them. How do their favorites sound to you? Had you ever heard any of them? Play three of your favorite songs for them, and explain to them why you like these songs. Ask them what they think of your favorite music.
- Serve for six months as a member of a school band, choir, or other local musical group, or perform as a soloist in public six times.
- 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.
- Teach three songs to a group of people. Lead them in singing the songs, using proper hand motions.
- Compose and write the score for a piece of music of 12 measures or more.
- Make a traditional instrument and learn to play it.
- Catalog your own or your family's collection of 12 or more compact discs, tapes, or records. Show how to handle and store them.
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Web Sites and Organizations
The Big Bands Database
Web site: http://126.96.36.199/index.html
The Blues Foundation
Web site: http://www.blues.org
Classical Music Archives
Classical Archives LLC 200 Sheridan Ave., Suite 403
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Web site: http://www.classicalarchives.com
Country Music Association
One Music Circle South
Nashville, TN 37203
Web site: http://www.cmaworld.com
International Bluegrass Music Association
1620 Frederica St.
Owensboro, KY 42301 Telephone: 888-438-4262
Web site: http://www.ibma.org
Red Hot Jazz Archive
Web site: http://www.redhotjazz.com
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
One Key Plaza Cleveland, OH 44114
Web site: http://www.rockhall.com
Smithsonian: American Music
Web site: http://www.si.edu/ art_and_design/american/music
Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America
6315 Harmony Lane
Kenosha, WI 53143
Web site: http://www.spebsqsa.org