Initiative: Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00078

Submission Number:
00078
Commenter:
Miriam Lamb
State:
Texas
Initiative Name:
Initiative: Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

131-0118

I can't believe the FTC is going after MTNA for encouraging its members not to solicit students from other teachers. This is not a policy that prevents competition. Students are allowed to shop around and find another teacher as needed; however, the search should be initiated by the student, not the teacher. This is an ethical guideline, a suggestion to be more professional. Nothing prevents teachers from breaking this guideline. Teachers are not removed from the association for breaking the ethical guidelines. Why is it that encouraging polite behavior is sanctioned in our society, while groups encouraging unkind, hateful behavior are applauded? Furthermore, the FTC is really stretching the imagination in this case. Teaching music is not like buying a product from a store. Teaching music to a student requires developing a relationship with that student. For the relationship to be effective, it requires trust. A teacher needs to be able to say difficult things to a student and trust the student will return the following week. Also, students who jump from teacher to teacher tend to do worse than students who stay with the same teacher. It is the student who really suffers when changing teachers frequently. I would think our government would have more important tasks than seeking out professional groups to sanction!