Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00095

Submission Number:
00095
Commenter:
Joan Coombs
Organization:
Birmingham Metro Music Forum
State:
Alabama
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

131-0118

The Music Teachers National Association had in its code of ethics an admonition that teachers not try to recruit students from other teachers. And this now comes into question. This has nothing to do with free commerce -- it has to do with teachers hearing others' students play well and wanting to acquire those students who are obviously willing to work hard. We teachers build our reputations around how our students perform. Believe me, it's not about the money. Yes, students leave teachers and move on to better teachers, but they do that when they themselves hear how well others perform. And we accept that. But for teachers to actively solicit other students--that is akin to stealing for us! I live in a very conservative state where people are always critical of the federal government. They are having a field day with this! And for once, I can't argue with them. This is stupid, stupid, stupid, and those responsible only reveal themselves to be clueless about the study of music.