I have a couple of young students at the moment who are absolutely desperate to start learning the Grade 1 piano pieces due to someone in their class at school having passed the exam.
Problem is, they're both nowhere near that stage yet. Before the summer break the two of them enthusiastically asked in almost every lesson when they would be doing Grade 1. I've had a word with each parent and they understand that there's still a lot to do, but my issue is that i don't want to quash each of these two students' enthusiasm. I've spoken to them both about what still has to be done etc, but i think it's going in one ear and out the other as they're still absolutely champing at the bit.
I thought that perhaps showing one of them what the pieces looked like might make them realise that they were a lot more difficult than what they're playing at the moment, but that backfired on me as the child said he thought they looked quite easy.
Any advice on how to keep them motivated for the time being while moving along at a steady and sensible pace towards Grade 1? Or is there a tactful way of explaining that they're not ready for it yet?
I feel like the carrot is being dangled in front of the donkey but they just see the carrot and want it right now.
I forgot to mention, they've both done the Prep test.