Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00125

Submission Number:
00125
Commenter:
Whitby
Organization:
Whitby Studio
State:
Arizona
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

131-0118

As a longtime member of the MTNA, I have never felt inhibited by the code of ethics. Clearly, the code of ethics is a suggestion in professional behavior and not an enforceable prohibition for teachers. As music teachers we set our own prices and can advertise as we will. Nothing in the code of ethics prohibits or inhibits teachers in indulging in this form of competition. Ultimately, the customer chooses their instructor and chooses whether or not to stay with them. Customers are always free to compare prices or go to another teacher at will. There is nothing in the code of ethics that even suggests that a teacher not consider or accept a student that has been with another instructor. Consumers are always free to go where they will and with whomever they wish. I fail to see where the code of ethics in any way impacts competition amongst teachers or impedes a consumer's right to choose where they take their business. While I appreciate the FTC looking out for consumers, this particular brouhaha strikes me as over-zealous and unwarranted. Where has anyone been injured or inhibited by the code of ethics? I cannot see where changing the code of ethics will in anyway impact consumers or competition. It will merely be one less reminder to professionals on what good manners and common sense should be.