I have been a private piano teacher for 37 years. I have been a member of MTNA for most of that time. We do not compete for students, and never have. There are not nearly enough private music teachers as it is. I have NEVER had an issue arise where our Code of Ethics was called into play, let alone enforced. As private teachers we are a community helping each other spread the joy of teaching and the joy of learning to students everywhere. The very idea that this letter is necessary exemplifies the lack of understanding for private teachers and the outstanding service we provide to our students and to each other, not to mention the communities in which we live and work. No where else is there a community like ours. We are professionals and conduct ourselves as such. To imply otherwise is not only insulting, but shows the ignorance with which this "problem" has been approached. MTNA does an outstanding job for its members and our students. It is a shame that money had to be wasted on this when it could have been used to provide scholarships and education to worthy individuals.