Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00165

Submission Number:
00165
Commenter:
Tresa Kirby
Organization:
MTNC
State:
Florida
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

131-0118

Business ethics and moral ethics must be 2 different things. How is it more ethical for someone to poach a student from someone's studio? Really!?! Our bi-laws discourage us from pursuing clients from other studios . . .on the basis of it being, well, morally ethically wrong. In most cases, students seek the best teacher . . .not the cheapest teacher--people know that music is an investment. Students audition to become a student of the studio. Most music teachers charge a fair price factoring in not only the time spent with the student, but the time it takes to prepare for the lesson, search for appropriate materials for each student, prepare recitals, etc. I know very few music teachers that have gotten rich pursuing this trade . . .I see even fewer if we open it up to whomever to call themselves a music teacher, lower rates, steal students and bring down the value of what people are willing to pay for lessons. It would make it very difficult for us to survive in a market where it is difficult for us to make a decent living as it is. I teach 3 classes and 25 students a week. I made less than $20,000/ year. It seems to me that this commission would better spend its time focusing its attention elsewhere. This clause in our bi-laws doesn't hurt trade . . .it helps to ensure it has value and that we as members value each other. Please consider leaving well enough alone.