Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. # 00044

Submission Number:
00044
Commenter:
V. Laura Bozeman
Organization:
ETMTA
State:
Texas
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

131-0118

As a member of MTNA, TMTA, ETMTA, and also the National Guild of Piano Teachers, I am appalled by the FTC intervention in the ethical practice of our members. Some of us are adjunct professors who also teach private piano students. Others are primarily independent teachers. Within our local associations, we have officers and chairmen for our local festivals and state-sponsored tests and competitions. It is necessary for all members who have students participating to work in a committee with the individual chairmen. Although we know that students and their parents are free to choose a teacher and may decide to change to another studio, a spirit of professionalism and cooperation promotes a healthy organization. The code of ethics has protected members from solicitation of students by other teachers within the association which would poison the esprit d'corps. If the code of ethics cannot stand, I predict the local organizations will suffer low morale and probably collapse. This will have a negative if not fatal impact on the state and national associations.