Kaja Weeks, BA
Kaja Weeks is a developmentally-based music educator with a degree in music education and advanced coursework in infant/human development. She is a certified Fellow and Trainer through Profectum Foundation’s Academy. A classically-trained singer, Kaja has formulated and integrated a unique musical approach, The Relational Voice, into DIR. From 2002 onward, she has applied Greenspan and Wieder’s DIR model coaching to help parents develop meaningful, functional interactions with young children within a supportive, highly musical framework; these have been conducted in private sessions and small groups in an interdisciplinary clinic and in home visits. Her work informs and is informed by colleagues in the fields of early education, mental health, speech/language and occupational therapy, music therapy and music neuroscience. Kaja was formerly Associate Chair of Early Childhood Music at Levine School of Music in Washington, DC and President of the Greater Washington, DC chapter of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association.
Kaja provides training and mentoring for educators and interdisciplinary clinicians, both locally in the Washington DC metro area and for long distance and international clients by using cyber-based methods. She has been invited to present at major venues, including Keynote Speaker at Banks St. College of Education’s Infancy Institute (2018); Music, Brain and Body at Georgetown University (2015); ICDL’s 14th Annual International Conference (2010); Baltimore-Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis (2002) and others. Her essays on music and healing have appeared in narrative medicine journals such as Intima and Ars Medica. Kaja’s scholarly and practical ideas on early childhood, music and developmental challenges are included in numerous publications in the United States and Canada. Selected Publications by Kaja Weeks Vowels: Sonic Gems of Emotion for Social Communication Practical Singing Strategies for Non-Musician Teachers with Developmentally Diverse Young Children,” Early Childhood Education Journal, 1-8. Parent Singing in Relational Treatment of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Imagine 5(1), 80-84. (Co-Author with Denton, D.) Musical Gold: The Partner’s Singing Voice in DIRFloortime®. Early Childhood Newsletter of the AMTA (American Music Therapy Association.) 15, 22-23. Merging Floortime with Music: Exploring an Affect-based Approach that Employs Developmental and Musical Patterns in Early Childhood Connections: Journal of Music and Movement-Based Learning, 10(2), Spring 2004, 37-48. Early Soundscapes and the Voiceless Child: Searching for a Musical Bridge. PsychCentral Pro (online) 2016. https://www.arccornerstones.com