Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00135

Submission Number:
00135
Commenter:
Abel
State:
Texas
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

131-0118

I completely agree that Associations should not recommend what price to charge for lessons. Certainly they should never try to prohibit teachers from giving free lessons and scholarships to needy students, our Association has always encouraged this. But I do think it is a good policy to encourage teachers not to actively solicit students from other studios (even from teachers who are not members of MTNA). Students still freely change teachers and certainly do so from time to time in our Association, but I think we should conduct ourselves as professionals and treat our colleagues in a manner that is respectful. When a potential client contacts me about taking lessons from me and changing teaching, I simply tell them to first end things with their present teacher before I can talk to them about my policies. I feel in so doing that I am encouraging them to treat this other teacher in a way that we would all prefer to be treated. I know how much time and effort I put into teaching each of my students, and I can not help but feel a little hurt when I lose one, but I realize not every teacher is the right fit for every student.