Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00102

Submission Number:
00102
Commenter:
Davies
Organization:
Music Teachers National Association
State:
Wisconsin
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

131-0118

Teaching is a profession; teaching music as an independent musician is a profession. Practicing medicine and the law are also professions. The MTNA ethics code suggests that teachers not actively recruit students from another teacher's studio. The FTC accusation that accuses teachers of engaging in unfair acts or competition is simply overreaching the bounds of propriety and common sense. The FTC needs to afford the same propriety and common sense that it affords the professions of law and medicine. You are forcing a relatively small organization into a position of defense by omission in order to avoid a costly legal battle. Please re-think your position and withdraw the accusation. Music teachers teach the children and adults in rural communities and cities throughout the United States. They often serve as music ministers in our places of worship and teach in our classrooms--and they are not making a lot of money. Yet they do it because they know they are making an important contribution to the arts vitality in our country. The Music Teacher's National Association has long been a strong support for music teachers. The Code of Ethics is a suggestion. There is no "policing" unit in the organization. Again, I stress, please withdraw the complaint.