Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00063

Submission Number:
00063
Commenter:
Kim Williams
Organization:
MTNA
State:
Oklahoma
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

131-0118

As a private piano instructor and member of MTNA, OMTA, and COMTA, I am not in agreement of these charges by the FTC that our association is in any way restricting competition by the statement that we should respect the integrity of other teacher's studios and shall not actively recruit students from another studio. Teaching music has been my passion for 25 years. I am not concerned about competition, I am concerned about music lessons dying because of our society and allegations such as this. I would personally never actively recruit students from another studio. I would actively recruit new students from our society. Music is a gift we need to give to as many people as we can, and it is a gift that will never die, much unlike cell phones and computers that much of our generation is now becoming obsessed with. To suggest that respecting another teacher's student base is unethical, well, that seems to be unethical in itself, in my opinion. The music teaching profession should be reaching as many people in our society as possible to give them the gift of musical education, which by the way, is also dying in our public schools. The question shouldn't even be about increasing competition and recruitment. The question should be whether or not we want to continue providing this gift of music to as many people as we can in our society. We are not restricting competition, we are encouraging our teachers to give the gift of music to those who are not currently studying with another teacher. This is not unreasonable, this is respectful and also encourages us to reach out to those who are not studying to give them the gift of music. The FTC states on its web site next to its seal "Protecting America's Consumers". Really? I don't believe you are in any way protecting the people of America by filing a complaint against MTNA regarding its code. Instead, the FTC is picking apart an organization that works to the best of its ability to protect its members and to promote music education. Thank you for your time.