Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00094

Submission Number:
00094
Commenter:
Paula Laskowski
State:
Indiana
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

131-0118

The MTNA is a group of professional teachers and should not be exempt from the non-solicitation the other professionals are afforded i.e. doctors, attorneys. Doctors and attorneys have within their Code of Ethics a do not solicit clause patients/clients of other doctors or attorneys. If music teachers are allowed to solicit another teacher's students, how can this make any sense. Why would anyone want to teach music lessons knowing that their students could be lured away by another teacher. There is an abundance of music teachers available in each and every community. It not should be up to the government to tell a private association how to run their business. The Code of Ethics that music teachers follow seems logical to me and in no way drives up the price of music lessons nor does it create a shortage of music teachers. Music teachers charge what they feel they are worth. If a family does not want to pay one price they can find another teacher that may charge a little less. The parents of music students are the ones that decide how much they will pay for lessons and from whom their child/ren will take lessons from. They also decide if that teacher is meeting their child/rens musical abilities and helping them to grow as a musician. It should not be up to the Federal government to decide these issues.