I have a year 8 pupil who started lessons with me last January. He did grade 2 last November and did very well. Since then, he has progressed massively, to the point where I asked his mum to buy the grade 5 book last week, with a view to doing it in November. The book arrived at the weekend. He came to his lesson to day and played me one of the pieces he had been working on for the last three days. It was beautiful! He had perfectly captured the mood of the piece, and all the phrasing. He made 3 minor mistakes and played 2 pp sections too loud. Apart from that I had nothing to add. I have never had a pupil like this before - he just brings me pieces he has learnt himself and I work on interpretation and occasionally points of technique. In fact, we seem to spend most of the time at the moment learning scales (he finds them boring so doesn't spend much time on them) and working on theory.
Does anyone else have a similar experience? Do you just follow where they lead and offer words of wisdom rather than guiding the learning as with 'normal' pupils? I feel a little out of my depth as piano is my second instrument. I think I will have to pass him on to someone else at some point, especially as he is so young and has the potential to go beyond grade 8 before leaving for uni.