Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00050

Submission Number:
00050
Commenter:
Patricia Collins Jones
Organization:
MTNA
State:
Indiana
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

131-0118

It is beyond my comprehension that the FTC rule regarding unfair competition and trade practices applies to the MTNA Code of Ethics. There is no question that the marketplace determines both price of lessons and the popularity of a teacher's studio. Excellent teachers have no difficulty achieving the enrollments they desire and the fees that they wish. They have no need to solicit students from other teachers and in actual fact, do not need a code of ethics. That's not the point. Why is the Federal Government interested in these things? It is wrong for professional music teachers to actively recruit students from other teachers just as it is wrong for physicians or attorneys to do the same thing. The government should attend to its own ethics and should be pleased that professional organizations do promote high standards of conduct.