Students in W.D. Richards Elementary School teacher Moll Lueken’s music class have been hard at work experiencing the music and tradition of Russia through a folk dance called “Sasha.”

That lesson and others have been used by classes at Richards as a tool to teach various lessons in a new and innovative way.

Fourth-graders learn to dance with their classmates but also learn about the Russian tradition and in doing so learn about diverse cultures.

Other students in Lueken’s music classes at Richards are learning how to play instruments, keep tempo and incorporate math into lessons.

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Students also incorporate what they’re learning in the music classroom with other skills such as reading and writing.

One fourth-grade class performed the syncopated melody “Poliwog’s Cake Walk” for the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. board Jan. 26, showing what they had practiced for nearly a month.