Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00093

Submission Number:
00093
Commenter:
Suggs
Organization:
MTNA
State:
Ohio
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

131-0118

I consider the actions of the FTC against the MTNA instrusive, unnecessary, and a waste of the taxpayers' money. From an MTNA member’s standpoint, I would never actively solicit another teacher’s students simply because it would damage my standing in the teaching community. Any teacher is free to advertise himself or his studio, but none of us would do it by cutting down a fellow teacher – that would hurt our networking and our collaborative projects. As far as driving up the price of lessons… did any of your investigators shop around at all? This is a free market; you can find lessons from highschoolers for $5 a half-hour or from DMA professionals for upwards of $200! I have recommended to Senators Sherrod and Portman that the FTC employee responsible for this action be fired for overstepping reasonable bureaucratic duties and pursuing wasteful, intrusive activities. It also sounds like the budget for the FTC needs radical cutting, since it has the employees and resources to persecute an organization of professionals representing less than 0.25% of the national economy.