Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00088

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Emily Jorgensen
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Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
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Having been a highly-involved member of MTNA for nearly 20 years, I think this entire investigation is absolutely ridiculous. MTNA exists to help professionalize music teachers--to offer them training, networking, and social experiences with other teachers. Never in my 20 years of association have I ever felt they over-reached into the personal affairs of my business. It is simply polite to not actively recruit another teacher's students. However, many times I have accepted transfer students from other teachers I know who are MTNA members, and many times have students of mine sought the services of other teachers I know. It is widely understood that we teachers do not "own" our students in anyway and they are always free to hire someone else. To assume anything else is just ridiculous. I do not know what motivated this specious investigation; I sincerely doubt it is concern for the American consumer. In fact, MTNA does more than any other organization I have heard of to educate the American music education consumer so they know how to evaluate the qualifications of a music teacher, so they will not be taken advantage. I would love to see more regulation of my profession to help ensure a better quality of music education for the children of our country. However, going after MTNA is the exact opposite of what should be done. They are the only entity attempting to help less-qualified teachers become more qualified, and to help establish a standard of excellence, through their certification program, by which teachers in a completely unregulated profession can be judged. Surely there are organizations that do harm to the public and attempt to hoodwink the common consumer. The FTC should spend its time seeking out these entities, and let MTNA alone to help its members better the lives of countless children in America.