Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00120

Submission Number:
00120
Commenter:
Donald Zent
Organization:
MTNA
State:
Kentucky
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

131-0118

Thank you for the opportunity to comment briefly on a recent consent decree made by the Federal Trade Comission against the Music Teachers National Association. Copies of the press release allowing public comments of this issue can be found at http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2013/12/professional-assoc.... It is my understanding that the proposed consent decree arises out of a year-long investigation into the MTNA Code of Ethics. The Code, which is not enforced by MTNA, contains one provision that encourages members not to solicit students from other music studios. The FTC believes that this restriction somehow restrains competition. While this provision does restrain competition among MTNA colleages, it does not affect adversely competition among the students themselves. The provision simply encourages fellow teachers to be civil, decent, considerate, and professional with each other. Therefore, I object strongly to the FTC making the demands that the MTNA rescind the clause about soliciting students from other studios, rewriting the MTNA Code of Ethics accordingly. The federal government has absolutely no authority to make such a decree and should reimburse the MTNA organization entirely for all legal fees associated with this issue.