By Kayla Coursey
May 7, 2015
The third grade class at Stone Robinson Elementary are studying Mali, and have a very unique way of displaying their knowledge. On March 31st, they used their new knowledge of Mali and Mali folktales to answer the question: Why do mosquitoes buzz in people’s ears?
Mr. Visel, the music teacher at Stone Robinson, incorporated the students’ classroom learning into their musical ‘Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears?’ which is based off of a Mali folktale explaining just that: why do mosquitoes buzz in people’s ears? The students worked together through song, dance, and percussion instruments to give the answer.
The story is about how a Mosquito lied to a Lizard, causing a domino effect of annoyance and panic throughout the jungle. Eventually the web of chaos caught the Mosquito. He was punished for his meddling and his voice was taken away. Now, the Mosquitoes voice is so small that it has to fly in your ear to try to talk.
The third graders singing in this production very well may be the same kids who will lead the future of Monticello High School’s drama and music programs.
“It’s my job to prepare students for what the next step is,” Mr. Visel said, “Part of my job [also] is to make kids aware of opportunities they have in the older grades in middle school and high school.”
Future talent is here now, ready to be welcomed to brighten the community – the community that will one day be Monticello High School.