Review: Venturing Beyond

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While searching for suitable repertoire for several of her older beginning students and realizing that the literature she was seeking was not available, Nicole DiPaolo developed the pieces that make up, Venturing Beyond.

Venturing Beyond is a collection of Baroque, Classical, and Romantic-style compositions in uncommon keys for late novice to early intermediate pianists of all ages. The collection includes 10 pieces written in sharp keys and 10 pieces written in flat keys.

Nicole was looking for musically rich, yet listener friendly repertoire with very modest technical demands. Because many of her beginners had previous experience with other instruments she wanted pieces in various tonalities that would challenge their already strong reading skills.

Nicole Elyse DiPaolo

In 2013, Nicole began her present collection and received positive feedback and encouragement from her teenage/adult beginner students to continue. In 2014, Venturing Beyond was officially published.

It was a pleasant experience playing through the Venturing Beyond collection. The collection is true to the Baroque, Classical and Romantic style of compositions. I always appreciate it when a collection of music includes notes from the composer on each piece. I think it is very helpful to know what the composer had in mind when they wrote a piece. Nicole gives a brief background on how the piece should be played and also includes the skills that are used in this piece. This is especially helpful for teachers.

I included a sample of a few pieces so you can get a feel of the level of this collection. All the pieces in Venturing Beyond begin with 3 or more sharps or flats.






Please take a moment to visit Nicole’s website here.  Venturing Beyond is available for your students to enjoy by purchasing on SheetMusicPlus.

Nicole has graciously offered all my readers a free copy of two pieces that she has written that did not quite make the collection. You can download Prelude in G and Waltz in F# minor at the links below.

Prelude in G-N.DiPaolo

Waltz in F#minor-N.DiPaolo

In addition Nicole is giving away one copy of Venturing Beyond to a lucky teacher! Thank you Nicole! To enter, please leave a comment below. Deadline to enter is by this Tuesday, July 29th, 10:00pm (AZ Mountain Standard). For an extra entry, follow me on TPT and just leave a comment that you follow. GIVEAWAY HAS EXPIRED

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  1. crytting2012

    Thank you Jennifer for the review! Thank you Nicole for the two free solos! I would love to receive the collection of pieces in “Venturing Beyond”.

  2. Beverly Conway

    Thank you for this opportunity and thank you for the free solos. I’m very curious about how my students will respond to this music and eager to give it a try!

  3. pianolearner

    This looks like a great book. Thanks for uploading the two free pieces. I’d love to win the book 🙂

  4. Janeen

    Venturing Beyond looks great! I would love to win this book. I was just asking, on Facebook, if anyone knew about a book that was at an intermediate level and used a variety of keys. Thank you!!

  5. Susan

    Your music sounds very interesting. I have adult students who need some interesting but not over challenging music. Thank you.

  6. Debbie Wiser

    Sounds like a great resource.

  7. Karen C

    Would love to add this to my music stash.

  8. Karen C

    Following you on TPT.

  9. Elaine

    This sounds perfect for older beginning students! Thank you.

  10. Rebecca

    These pieces look fascinating and would fill in a gap in my library! Thanks for having this giveaway.

  11. Rebecca

    I also follow on TpT!

  12. Rhoda

    sounds like it is perfect for older student

  13. Rhoda

    I am a follower of TPT

  14. Brad Garner

    I believe this might be what I have been looking for

  15. Brad Garner

    follower of tpt

  16. Walter

    Thanks for introducing us to some many new resources!

  17. Walter

    follower of tpt

  18. Teresa

    Forget the students — I need something new! 🙂

  19. Teresa

    follower of TpT

  20. Carla

    I agree — I need something! Tired of my ‘old faithfuls”

  21. Carla

    follower of tpt — haven’t bought anything yet, but I have my eye on a couple of things

  22. Jeannie

    Love getting new music!

  23. Jeannie

    followers of TPT — been working on Reaching Beyond the Stars and I am really getting excited about it!

  24. Karen T

    I’m a TPT follower

  25. Karen T

    Love to hear about new music!

  26. Orlia

    Lovely pieces, and I love the premise of using the less common keys.

  27. Orlia

    And I’m a TPT follower!

  28. Zoe Iglesias

    Interesting pieces. I would like to get all of them 🙂

  29. Zoe Iglesias

    I’m a follower in TpT. 🙂

  30. Carla

    Thank you both for this kind offer!

  31. Lisa

    These look wonderful! Would love to have something like this for students

  32. Julie

    The music looks fun. Thanks for the offer!

  33. Julie

    Following you on TPT also.

  34. Sue

    I’m totally interested!

  35. Sue

    I’m a TPT follower for sure!


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