Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00119

Submission Number:
00119
Commenter:
Rebecca Hedman, NCTM
State:
Washington
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

131-0118

I urge the FTC to allow the MTNA to retain its Code of Ethics intact, including the provision which encourages members to not solicit students from other music studios. This provision is common among other professionals such as lawyers and doctors and should continue to be an integral part of MTNA's Code of Ethics. My personal experience as a private music teacher with over 20 years experience is that this provision does not restrain competition, but rather it instills a sense of professionalism and equity among our members. In a private music studio students are free to choose to study with a different teacher and I myself have experienced this several times. Students have transferred out of as well as into my studio and I credit MTNA and its Code of Ethics as foundational to the smooth and cooperative transition that has taken place each and every time. I can be confident that as fellow MTNA teachers we will choose to not take part in enticing students away from other teachers but rather seek what is best for each individual student and strive to work together to accomplish that goal. If as the saying goes "It takes a village to raise a child.", this can only happen in a spirit of cooperation and mutual respect. In like manner, the MTNA and its Code of Ethics calls us to a high standard of cooperation and mutual respect and our students, families and communities are richer because of this.