Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00081

Submission Number:
00081
Commenter:
Marsha Medley
Organization:
MTNA
State:
Missouri
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

131-0118

The FTC decision to force the MTNA to drop their code policy of non-solicitation of students within other teachers studios is ludicrous. Under the current code, students who are unhappy with a teacher can leave that studio at any time. AFTER they discontinue with a teacher, the students can search out any teacher, including those in the MTNA. This is a voluntary organization, and those who join are seeking a professional status that should involve some standards for teaching and ethics. ANYONE can teach piano or other instruments in a private studio, qualified or not, and MANY do at a cut-rate price, not paying taxes or social security as should music professionals. The FTC's attack on a group of professionals trying to maintain a standard and make a living is not helpful to anyone, and will further drive down the minimal income most of can make doing something we love, but which does not pay the income many other professionals enjoy. The FTC should pick on some bigger(and wealthier) business institutions in this country, and leave the MTNA alone.