Rafael Hernandez

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Administration, CLASS

Department of Music

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Rafael Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Administration in the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences (CLASS) at California State University, East Bay. Prior to that appointment, he served as Chair of the Department of Music and Director of the Multimedia Graduate Program. Rafael's creative work and research involves music, technology, and gaming. As a composer, his music has been heard in many venues across the United States. He is the creator of IV-V-I: The Harmony Game, a unique card game that uses the rules of music theory to learn about it through gameplay. He is also the creator of the Music Ed family of fonts, used by music educators worldwide in the creation of music learning materials for general music education. As a programmer, Rafael has authored video tutorials for Lynda.com and O'Reilly Media (the Infinite Skills imprint) on learning programming for mobile technologies. As well, he's published hundreds of hours of tutorials on YouTube that have been collectively viewed over 1 million times.


  • Doctor of Music (D.M.), Indiana University
  • Master of Music (M.M.), University of Texas at Austin
  • Bachelor of Music (B.M), Virginia Commonwealth University


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