Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00178

Submission Number:
00178
Commenter:
Preta Laughlin
Organization:
Moses Lake Chapter of the Washington State Music Teachers' Assoc - a branch of the MTNA
State:
Washington
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

131-0118

As President of our local assoc., I was part of the annual Leadership Seminar in Wash. State when I first heard of this proposal. I am going to be brutally honest here when I say that we felt the decree is ridiculous. We, music teachers, are not in the same "ballpark" as "lawyers and doctors." The Code which encourages members not to solicite students from other music studios is a part of who we are...a group of professionals promoting kindness and consideration among its members. Common sense tells us that if a parent and/or student is not happy with their teacher, they will pursue another teacher (that's democracy) and there is nowhere in the code restricting that. It's annoying to me that the FTC has nothing better to do than target a non-profit organization costing the tax payers (once again) monies for frivilous pursuits. And do you know what? Whatever decision you make, it will not affect us because we will continue to be decent individuals not soliciting other teachers' students. And here's the part that is so frustrating. MTNA had to consent to your "decree", not because they agree with you, but like so many government decisions, no one has the money to fight them! I am grateful for freedom of speech, however, and the opportunity to share my opinion.