Robin Keus proves the power of music therapy in hospitals
“One of the most beautiful stories I’ve experienced so far is a patient who has aphasia… that moment when words came out for the first time through singing. First it was sounds, followed by words. It is extremely beautiful to see the emotions happening in a person when they can finally formulate words again,” says Robin Keus. Robin did the bachelor’s Music Therapy and in the video below, we see her in action at the department of neurology.
For her finals, Robin implemented music therapy in a hospital that didn’t have that at all. She researched a target group for her finals: people with a neurological condition. She explains: “Most hospitals don’t provide music therapy as a treatment option. During my fourth year, I introduced music therapy to the Scheper hospital in Emmen. So, I conducted a pilot at the department of neurology. That means, I introduced a new treatment – neurologic music therapy – at the department of neurology.”
The effect of music therapy
Robin says that she’s grown a lot in the past four years. When she started this course, she was very careful and insecure. But now she’s confident in what she learned and how to implement that knowledge in real life. “I’ve changed a lot. Not only personally, but also in my field and in the way I work.” The effect of this development is visible, because Robin had to present her treatment methods to the department and convince them of their necessity. And she succeeded. “With music therapy you can quickly see an effect. Sometimes you see a direct effect on motor skills, speech, or cognition. So, it became quickly clear to the neurologists and the rest of the department that this method has indeed added value,” we hear her speak in the video.
It became quickly clear to the neurologists and the rest of the department that music therapy has indeed added value.
About the Bachelor Music Therapy
The Bachelor Music Therapy at the ArtEZ Academy of Music in Enschede is unique in the Netherlands, the specialization Neurologic Music Therapy is only available here. You learn how to use music technology in therapy, you get to deal with practical assignments and internships immediately in your first year, and you are taught by experienced lecturers who also work in the field. After you graduate, you become a therapist and a musician. You can work in health care institutions, youth care, or rehabilitation centres. You can also choose to work in education, as a coach in businesses, or you can set up your own practice.