Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00087

Submission Number:
00087
Commenter:
Gliadkovsky
State:
California
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

131-0118

Hello, I am a concert artist, college music educator and administrator. I think the code of ethics for MTNA was valid as it was. No change was needed, and it was not a limitation of competition at all. From hundreds of years ago, this tradition was formed, first in Europe, then it was adapted everywhere else: if a music or art student wants a change of teacher, and he/she initiates it, then the new and old teachers have nothing to worry or be at odds about. However, if one teacher initiates the change, it is considered "stealing" a student. It is considered almost like seducing someones wife or girlfriend. Whether it is written in the code of ethics or not, it is always considered very bad for a music teacher to do so. FTC has to realize that there are valid and accepted traditional forms of behavior in the artistic world, different from, say, manufacturing world. Competition in this (traditional) case is produced based on the teacher's reputation, so the student wants to study with this particular teacher and does not even think of leaving him or her.