: Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00110

Submission Number:
00110
Commenter:
Swicegood
State:
North Carolina
Initiative Name:
: Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

. 131-0118

This complaint is ludicrous. MTNA has not violated any laws by suggesting common courtesy in teachers dealing with students of fellow teachers. Music students are free to choose their teachers. Music teachers--unlike dentists, lawyers, and most other professionals--invest in the individual lives of their students. These investments often cover 5-10 (or more) years of a child's life. MTNA's suggestion is for the music world's equivalent of ambulance chasers--those people who, for monetary gain and/or fame, would try to persuade a well-polished student (who had benefited from a teacher's many years of investment in his life) to come take lessons from him instead. The student always has been and continues to be free to choose. It is very sad to see this complaint brought against MTNA--an entity that exists to further the development of talent in America's young artists.