Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00115

Submission Number:
00115
Commenter:
Mary Mack
State:
Virginia
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

131-0118

This action by the FTC against MTNA's membership agreement is excessive government overreach. As a taxpayer, I am appalled that my hard-earned tax dollars are going to fund this kind of abuse of power. MTNA's membership ideal that teachers should not actively solicit other teachers' students is not some robber-baron-like price-fixing scheme. It is simply an acknowledgement that teachers must not prey on other teachers in order to better their own careers. Without this ideal in place, teachers cannot feel free to send their students to competitions and festivals where other teachers are hearing and judging their performance. Teachers need to feel comfortable that another teacher is not going to try to use competitions as a marketing vehicle for their own studio. None of this prevents students from switching teachers if the student, or the student's parent feels that a new teacher is in the student's best interest. Teachers understand that students have different needs and work better with certain teaching styles and may, at times, need a different teacher. Students and parents are always free to shop around for the best fit. Usually, fee is one of the last considerations when a student looks for a teacher. It is not like buying an Ipod from Target vs. Best Buy. I would like to know how many tax dollars are allocated to this effort to go after MTNA. I am sure that, on a yearly basis, it is far more than the proposed "savings" from this witch hunt.