Dr. Erik Richards
Erik W. Richards is the Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Delta State University. In this capacity, Dr. Richards directs the Delta State University Wind Ensemble and Marching Band, teaches coursework in instrumental music education and conducting, and administers the DSU Band program.
He holds a Ph.D. degree in Music Education with a concentration in Instrumental Conducting and a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching from the Florida State University, a Master of Music Education degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a B.S. degree in music education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. As the Assistant Director of Bands at Iowa State University, Dr. Richards worked with the marching and athletic bands, concert bands, and supervised student teachers in music education degrees, among other duties. As a graduate teaching assistant at Florida State, he assisted with the band program and taught courses in conducting, instrumental music, and music education. Prior to his appointment at Iowa State University, Dr. Richards taught instrumental music in the Virginia public schools as the Director of Bands at Thomas A. Edison High School in Alexandria, and Manassas Park High School in Manassas Park.
Dr. Richards has appeared throughout the country as a guest clinician and conductor. His research interests include the development of effective music teaching characteristics, instrumental music pedagogy, and wind band literature. He has presented research at the Pennsylvania State University Thompson Symposium and has been published in Contributions to Music Education and Research Perspectives in Music Education. He is also a contributor to the GIA Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series.
Department of Music
Delta State University
Cleveland, MS 38733