Richards, Mary Helen (Bush)
- Shelly C. Cooper
(b Lincoln, NE, Sept 27, 1921; d Portola Valley, CA, Sept 26, 1998). American music educator and writer. After earning a degree in music from the University of Nebraska (BM 1944), she served the profession for more than five decades as a teacher in the California public schools, church choir director, and national and international lecturer and clinician. Influenced by Kodály principles and methods she developed a pedagogical approach to general music called “Education Through Music.” She established the Richards Institute of Education and Research in the United States (1969) and Canada (1972), and served as the first (US) institute president (1969–92). She wrote a number of influential books and guest taught at many universities. Richards was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Nebraska (1978) and inducted posthumously into the Music Educators Hall of Fame (2008...