• Mrs. Molly Lueken

    Mrs. Molly Lueken

    812.376.4311 x. 1306



    Hello!  Thanks for visiting my music classroom page.  My name is Mrs. Molly Lueken, and I am the lucky music teacher at W.D. Richards Elementary School in the great city of Columbus, IN.  This is my fourth year at Richards, but my sixth year teaching elementary music. 

    I am a graduate of the Ball State University School of Music.  I have a bachelor's degree in K-12 Vocal and General Music Education.  My major instrument in college was voice and I was a member of the Ball State Chamber Choir for four years.  After graduating in December 2006, I taught elementary music for two years in Sebring, Florida.  In Fall 2009, I moved to the mountains of Appalachia and spent two years working in adult education and afterschool programs.  I found myself back home again in Indiana in the fall of 2011 and worked for one year as the Literacy Coordinator for BCSC's McDowell Adult Education Center before starting at Richards in the fall of 2012.
    While I consider my primary instrument to be voice, I also play the flute and a little bit of guitar.   I am a big fan of musical theater and have performed in community theater productions of Thouroughly Modern Millie (Miss Dorothy Brown; Highlands Little Theater, Sebring, FL; 2009), Seussical the Musical (Mayzie la Bird; HLT, Sebring; 2008); and Nunsense (Sr. Robert Anne; Appalachian Community Theatre, Paintsville, KY; 2011).
    In summer 2015, I completed my training as a certified Orff-Schulwerk instructor at Anderson University.  The Orff-Schulwerk is a teaching process created by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman in the early 1900s.  Orff and Keetman believed that music should start with a child's natural speech, body movement, and cultural folk songs.  Children then learn to accompany themselves, improvise, and compose  on unique mallet instruments known as Orff instruments.  I am excited to share this process with the students at Richards and watch them grow in musicianship and creativity.
    I live in Franklin with my husband, Kyle, and son, Jude.  Outside of performing, listening to, and doing pretty much anything involving music, I also love to read and enjoy the outdoors.  In addition to my music teaching certification, I also hold a K-12 reading license and assist with reading instruction in some Richards classrooms.


  • What are the Indiana Academic Standards for Music?

    If you visit the Richards music room, you will witness students developing a wide range of musical skills, incorporating the nine Indiana Academic Standards for Music

       1. PERFORMING MUSIC: Singing alone and with others.
       2. PERFORMING MUSIC: Playing an instrument alone and with others.
       3. CREATING MUSIC: Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
       4. CREATING MUSIC: Composing and arranging music within specific guidelines.
       5. RESPONDING TO MUSIC: Reading, notating, and interpreting music
       6. RESPONDING TO MUSIC: Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
       7. RESPONDING TO MUSIC: Evaluating music and music performance.
       8. RESPONDING TO MUSIC: Understanding the relationships between music, the other arts, & disciplines outside the arts
       9. RESPONDING TO MUSIC: Understanding music in relation to history and culture 
    In addition to these nine music standards, the music program incorporates Literacy Standards to develop students' reading and writing in the technical field of music. 
  • Choir

    The Richards Choir is a special extra-curricular opportunity for students in grades 4-6.  Choir members are selected through an application and audition process in the fall of each year.  Choir members must be responsible students in good academic and behavioral standing who have an interest in choral music and willingness to participate in rehearsals and performances to the best of their ability.  Choir members and parents are required to read choir policies and sign the choir contract before students are permitted to audition.


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