Music and Memory: Film Screening of Alive Inside, Introduced by Erica Myers

Making Music +Talks: Music & the Brain. Join the Montshire for live community programs that examine how the brain interprets, experiences, remembers and processes music.

Music and Memory: Alive Inside, introduced by Erica Myers, Life Enrichment/ Memory Care Director for Kendal at Hanover

Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalized music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks (Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain) and musician Bobby McFerrin (“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”). An uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind, Alive Inside’s inspirational and emotional story left audiences humming, clapping and cheering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award. 

Erica Myers

Erica Myers is the Life Enrichment/ Memory Care Director for Kendal at Hanover.  She has been working for Kendal for 11 years.  Erica received her Bachelors of Science in Human Development from the University of Connecticut with a minor in both Gerontology and Psychology in 2001.  She also holds certification as an Activity Director by the National Activity Professionals Council and is currently working on her Dementia Care Practitioner Certification.  Her special interests include wellness programs (both physical & cognitive) for those with memory impairment and holistic approaches to care such as music therapy, horticulture, and pet therapy.


Next up:

March 28: Expressing Emotion in Music and Movement + Beau Sievers

Why does music “move” us? Why do we do describe happy people with movement words like “bouncy” or music words like “upbeat?” Why does heavy metal sound angry? Through studies produced at the Social Intelligence Lab at Dartmouth College, Beau Seivers will discuss how people from different parts of the world express emotions using music and movement, and how researchers use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to see how music and movement are related in the brain.

April 4: Experiencing Music With Our Whole Brain + George Christian Jernsted, Ph.D.
How could we hear music (or even compose music) without using our ears?  Can we hear music with our eyes? With touch? What happens inside our brain when we experience music? Professor Chris Jernstedt will explain how the human mind is a storyteller, and why music is one of the more powerful ways we share stories.


Making Music: The Science of Musical Instruments is made possible by donors to the David Goudy Discovery Fund. Programming for the exhibition is made possible with support from Clyde Watson and Denis Devlin.