Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears musical


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Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears
West African folktale
Retold by Don Dupont and Brian Hiller
Book and enhanced CD
44 pages
Grades 3 - 6

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears is based on a West African pourquoi, or "why" story. A pourquoi story provides a fanciful explanation for a common occurrence - in this case, why mosquitoes buzz aournd our ears! This rendition of the story is told through narration, dialogue, and songs featuring both piano and Orff instrument accompaniment. The CD has audio files, digital files and digital templates.

There are 3 speaking roles for individual students and  lines for up to 20 narrators. You will need 5 classes (or groups). All students sing the songs. Each group is assigned to one of the animal families. 

Songs: Funga Alafia,  Such Lies You Tell, Why Won't the Agamas Speak to Us? , Hurry Hurry, Sound a Warning, Sunbird's Lament, Bwana Awabariki/Rise Sun Rise, Did You Ever Wonder?

Performance time is about 30 minutes.

Production Notes
Cast of Characters
Full Script with Lyrics, Orff Arrangements, and Piano and Vocal Scores
Production Guide
   Preparation and Rehearsal Schedule
   Making the Props and Costumes
   Adding the Optional Movements
   Orff Instrumentarium Glossary 
Tips for Using the Reproducible Resources


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Hoping the music will not be too cheesy! Like the folktale.
Courtenay H on Aug 28, 2012
Hoping the music will not be too cheesy! Like the folktale.
Courtenay H on Aug 28, 2012
Are there only Orff instruments on the accompaniment CD? Or do the accompaniments include piano and other instruments too?
Laurie B on Jul 4, 2016
Would this be appropriate/possible for one 3rd grade class of 24 students?
A shopper on Nov 6, 2015

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