Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00114

Submission Number:
00114
Commenter:
Vazquez
State:
Florida
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

131-0118

About 4 years ago, while I was teaching piano as an adjunct at a private university, I was placed in the position of telling some of my students that another full-time teacher wanted them to switch over to her studio. While this may be common practice at many universities, to the teacher who falls prey to this solicitation of her students, it is a very stressful and disheartening position. To the administration it might seem like a simple business transaction but for me it involved heartache and betrayal. Consequently, all the students that were forced to change studios did not continue with their piano studies at the end of that semester and the full-time teacher moved on to another school. I have always felt strongly about upholding the Code of Ethics which states that teachers should not solicit the students of other teachers. I believe that a good teacher is known by his or her results and their reputation as good teacher precedes them and that is all that is needed to keep a studio full of students and a list of students eager to start.