Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00118

Submission Number:
00118
Commenter:
Virginia (Ginny) Atherton
State:
California
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

131-0118

Music teachers, musicians who teach, may discover a student with potential and imagine how stimulating it might be to teach that student, or how wonderful to show off that student as a product of his/her wonderful teaching. But the student is already in a relationship and journey with a colleague (competitor?). Solicting students is similar to poaching or stealing game or livestock. It also tarnishes the credibility and trustworthiness of being a judge or having heard the targeted student in a competition or performance. There are folks who do solicit and they often aren't particularly good at nurturing students in the beginning and intermediate stages, but like to cherry pick other teachers' developing students. The rules about not soliciting serve as guidelines and cautionary notes to new teachers and to people who tend to be self-centered.