Brad Hansen, D.A.
Professor of Music
Music Theory Coordinator, Composition
Dr. Hansen is Music Theory Coordinator for the School of Music. He teaches Theory at all levels, Formal Analysis, Orchestration, Counterpoint, Analytical Technique, Contemporary Analysis, and Composition. He founded the Recording Arts and Music Production (RAMP) program at PSU, and built a state-of-the-art Computer Music Lab. In all of his classes the underlying goal is for students to know themselves and to discover meaning in their lives.
From 1995-2000 he was Director of Distance Learning and managed technical programs in the School of Extended Studies. Brad began teaching music at Portland State in 2000. He taught at the University of Mississippi, Ball State University, and Humboldt State University prior to joining the faculty at PSU.
Brad plays jazz piano, composes, and arranges music. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as other organizations, and ensembles worldwide perform his compositions. He is the author of The Essentials of Instrumentation, an orchestration text published by McGraw-Hill. He has also written four editions of The Dictionary of Multimedia, published by Fitzroy-Dearborn.
Brad has also worked as a digital media producer and instructional designer. He has produced digital audio and video for Intel, Microsoft, and Hewlett-Packard, among others. He taught interactive design for the US Department of Defense in Germany and for the New Media School in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Hansen holds a Doctor of Arts degree (Theory and Composition) from the University of Northern Colorado, Master of Music (Conducting) from the Cincinnati College/Conservatory, and Bachelor of Music (Composition) from the University of Oregon. He studied jazz at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.