Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00138

Submission Number:
00138
Commenter:
Teresa Lindahl
Organization:
MTNA
State:
Wisconsin
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

131-0118

I am a private piano teacher and have been a member of MTNA for about 8 years. When I first joined, I had reservations it could hurt my business because I would be exposing my student populace to my competition. What I soon realized was the purpose of MTNA. We are out to provide students with the best music education possible. This happens as we band together as teachers and come to each other's aid - interpreting different pieces, answering theory questions, providing our students with amazing concert and contest opportunities, discussing billing and rates, encouraging each other to charge more (not less!), and providing fellowship and support in what can otherwise be a very isolated profession. Since joining, I have been exposed to so many amazing teachers. When a student gets to a point where he/she is making a decision on the direction he would like to take with music, I know exactly who I can send him to! Hymn playing? We have a specialist! Classical? Go to this teacher. Want to join a rock band? I have the teacher for you! We want each other to succeed and want what is best for each student. I cannot always provide that for my students and am willing to relinquish a student in their best interest for their future in music. I believe the FTC has misinterpreted the statement and that it should be left as was originally stated. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to raising up young people who do not just consume music, but are able to produce it!! We are not about competition among teachers. We are about what is always in the best interest of the student's future in music. Please don't attempt to make our industry a cut-throat industry. You will destroy what is beautiful. Music.