Dr. Rekha S. Rajan is an author of over 15 books for kids and adults (and more to come!). She loves music and is a classically trained opera singer, has performed in numerous musicals, and plays the mridangam (a drum from South India), the piano, banjo, ukulele, djembe, bongos, recorder, and a lot of other instruments.
She has been teaching music to young children for over twenty years in schools and through her own music studio. As a professor, she has taught classes on arts, education, grant writing, evaluation. She is also the editor for the Journal of General Music Education with the National Association for Music Education.
Rekha has published over 50 research articles on how the arts impact our lives from birth through old age and has helped to edit and chair many, many, many dissertations. She is continually invited to present as a keynote speaker at national conferences.
She has a doctorate in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University, a masters in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University, a masters in education from Roosevelt University where she also has a bachelors degree in music (vocal performance).
Rekha lives in Chicago with her husband, three children, two dogs and three birds.
Birthday: January 5th (I’m a Capricorn!)
Birthplace: Hoffman Estates, IL
Cities I have lived in: Chicago, New York, Seattle, Sacramento
Favorite food: French Fries
Favorite color: Magenta
Favorite movie: CLUE
Favorite flower: Rose
Favorite animal: Orca
Favorite subject in school: Music
Favorite musical: CARNIVAL!
Favorite book (that I didn’t write): LITTLE BEAR
Favorite video game: The Legend of Zelda
Languages that I speak fluently: English, Tamil, German