Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00127

Submission Number:
00127
Commenter:
Joan Garniss
Organization:
JBGarnissStudio
State:
Massachusetts
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

131-0118

Regarding the FTC ruling re Music Teachers National Association (MTNA): This issue of teachers recruiting students from other teachers came up most significantly in the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association when I was president (1993-1997). There was a teacher who was accosting parents at our biggest state student event and telling them she could assure them their student would rate much higher if they moved their student to her studio. Common sense (a rare virtue nowadays) would say this is not an ethical way to recruit students. The winning teachers names were published annually, and parents could contact them if they wished to change. But it certainly was NOT professional to do this at an event. Accordingly, the MMTA added the prohibition against recruiting students to its Code of Ethics. As this was also happening at the national level (MTNA) the same prohibition was added nationally. This is in line with the Code of Ethics of the ABA, the AMA, the NEA and many other professional organizations. WHY IS THE MTNA BEING FORCED TO REMOVE THIS RULE?