Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00023

Submission Number:
00023
Commenter:
Harriet Bromley
Organization:
MTNA/BAMTA
State:
Kentucky
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

131-0118

I have been a member of the Music Teachers National Association for more than thirty-five years. Its competitions and festivals set standards for both teachers and students. We all know that we do not own our students. We serve them. I am a much better than average teacher. Other teachers send their students to me for further development. I also send my students to teachers who can help my students in ways that I cannot. Parents and students are free to seek other teachers as they see fit. This should be done with respect and sensitivity from all sides. There is a common bond among teachers in our area whether or not they belong to the MTNA. This bond would be weakened by teachers soliciting students of another teacher. The mutual respect would be threatened. And the sense of common purpose would be challenged. The guideline that suggests that teachers not solicit other's students is a result of respecting fellow professionals. It furthers good will and the sense of working together that strengthens all of us. When a teacher suggests that a student change to him/her, it can make the students and parents feel uncomfortable. There is no restraint of trade. There is only a furtherance of respect for fellow professionals.