Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00195

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I believe in fair trade and competition. I do not believe that any professions should be exempt; however, I do not believe MTNA has completely gone against this right. As a professional music instructor, competition is fierce in both the performing world and in a 'make a living' world. Our profession is unique in that many of our clients are made public through contests, recitals, competitions and programs where as other professions are required to maintain privacy of their clients. I cannot think of one situation where doctors or lawyers bring their clients to an event or publicly announce the names of their clients, but we do it all the time. It is part of our profession. It would be an absolute shame to allow recruitment or advertising to take place as a result of a student playing at a recital. Where is the privacy for that family? While instructors should be allowed to freely advertise to the general public; advertising or recruitment done through contacts made from specific MTNA programs and events should never be allowed. I see this as a protection of the student and their family more than a protect of the instructor. Also as a small business owner, I need a professional organization that will give information to help me develop as an ethical and skilled music business owner. This organization is our place to discuss policies and procedures and sometimes even talk about the going rate. For this to be taken away or closely monitored, makes it difficult for music instructors to be fully professional and develop successful businesses. I do agree that prices should never be fixed or any teaching policies forced, but to not allow conversation or limit conversations, really hinders the professional development of music instructors. Thank you for the opportunity to share my opinion and I hope these comments and thoughts are considered in this decision. I will certainly uphold decisions made as I strive to be an ethical small business owner and professional music instructor.