Parent: How would you feel about Judith putting you forward for a piano exam - not now, but just something to aim for.
Child:I'd feel like [shrugs shoulders and sighs]
Parent: So you don't want to do an exam?
Child: Why would I?
Parent: I don't know...I guess so you get a certificate and have proved to someone official your level of playing.
Child: Why would someone I've never met before and never meet again have anything useful to say about my piano playing.
Parent: Well they are qualified to test people and work out their level.
Child: That's nice for them...and will they play for me so I can see if their level is any good?
Parent: It's not about their level it's about your level....and you'd get a certificate.
Child: So a piece of paper to say I could play good enough to get a stranger to think I'm okay at playing?
Child: If I want to show my level I will play the piano. If someone wants to see my level they can ask me to play the piano. A piece of paper means nothing...if I got the certificate now and showed it to you next year would it be able to tell you if I'd practiced every day or not at all? My level will change because I practice and a piece of paper won't show that, so as soon as it's given to me it's useless because I might practice all that day and be better the next day or I might never play again and be rubbish. If you want me to have a piece of paper print me a piece with my name on it and I'll get Judith to stick her stickers on it for you so you know how I'm doing.
Parent: It wasn't going to be for me, I thought you would like the certificate.
Child: *sigh* I know how my playing is doing every time I sit down and play mum, why would a piece of paper without any musical notes on it help my piano playing in any way [goes back to practising]
I think that it is quite useful to have feedback from someone who doesn't know you, but other than that I really can't fault his logic. He is such a great child to teach, but this kind of logic does mean that I often have to think outside the box.