The Music Makers - Angie Smales
Whilst music played a big part in Angie's younger life, it wasn't until she was in her fifties, seizing the opportunity an empty nest provides, that she started her music studies with a renewed focus.
She calls it her 'Alzheimer prevention program'. Angie's studies follow the Music Theory and Music Craft syllabus of AMEB.
Originally she chose 'voice' as her instrument, but her Austrian heritage and life's circumstances brought the zither back into her life and she now works through her course using a 9 chord zither with 2 and a half octaves of melody strings.
This beautiful zither was made to her specific requirements by
one of the few German zither builders still in operation today.
Angie believes that these instruments, very popular around 100 years ago, might be just the thing for dealing with the stresses of the 21st century.