Erik W. Richards is the Director of Bands and an Associate Professor of Music at Delta State University. In this capacity, Dr. Richards directs the Delta State University Wind Ensemble and co-directs the Marching Statesmen. His other teaching responsibilities include instrumental music methods, instrumental conducting, and student teacher supervision. Dr. Richards also serves as the coordinator of the music education program.
Dr. Richards has appeared throughout the country as a guest conductor and adjudicator. He has presented clinic sessions for the Mississippi Bandmasters Association, Louisiana Music Education Association, Alabama Music Education Association, Pennsylvania Music Education Association, and Tennessee Music Education Association on topics within band and instrumental music education pedagogy. Additionally, Dr. Richards’s original research 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.
Dr. Richards received the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education degree from The Florida State University, a Master of Music degree in Music Education and Conducting from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Mississippi Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, and the National Association for Music Education. Dr. Richards is also an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi.
Dr. Richards is an Artist/Clinician for Jupiter Band Instruments, Inc.