Gail Smith is an arranger, composer, and author of seventy books, including Piano Music of Amy Beach, Palindromes, and Christmas Carols and Classics. She is a piano teacher known for her landmark book on improvisation, The Complete Book of Improvisation, Chord Progressions, and Fills. Smith has given concerts and workshops across America, in...

Gail Smith is an arranger, composer, and author of seventy books, including Piano Music of Amy Beach, Palindromes, and Christmas Carols and Classics. She is a piano teacher known for her landmark book on improvisation, The Complete Book of Improvisation, Chord Progressions, and Fills. Smith has given concerts and workshops across America, in Germany, Sweden, and Japan. Visit her website at www.GailSmithPianist.com

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Amy Beach: Celebrating 150 years

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Many years ago, while reading an issue of the old music magazine, The Etude, I found an article written by Mrs. H. H. A. Beach: "Ten Commandments for Composers." I had no idea who this mystery composer was, so I began my research to find information about her life and music. During my travels, I stopped at antique stores looking for editions of her...
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