Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00183

Submission Number:
00183
Commenter:
Susan Atkins
Organization:
Virginia Music Teachers Association
State:
Virginia
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

131-0118

I have been teaching piano for 24 years and have been an active member of MTNA for 16 years. By and large, music teachers struggle to make ends meet, yet are generally respectful of their collegues' teaching studios. The MTNA Code of Ethics is designed to help MTNA members conduct themselves in a manner we consider professional. MTNA members are hardly conducting business in a deceptive manner. By agreeing not to actively recruit other teachers' students, MTNA members aren't forcing the price of their lessons to increase. In fact, it probably has the opposite effect. This FTC investigation is nothing but government overreach and will have a negative impact on MTNA and it's members. Not only have scarce resources been used to address the FTC's concerns, but now, MTNA members will be afraid to voice their opinions in an open forum or talk to each other about lesson fees. Music teachers don't get paid enough now. This investigation is a waste of taxpayer dollars and not only should it be dropped immediately, but MTNA should not be forced to sign a consent decree.