Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00199

Submission Number:
00199
Commenter:
Patricia Cachopo
Organization:
Patricia Cachopo Piano studio
State:
California
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

131-0118

I feel that the MTNA code of ethics are sound and do not discourage competition. Stealing is never ethical. I have taught piano for over 40 years and have never solicited another teacher's students and never will. A piano teacher's reputation is important not only to the community,but to other teachers as well. The bond that is formed between the teacher and student should not be ignored. If a teacher solicits students from another teacher, everyone in the community will know it and where does that leave her or him? In Silicon Valley where I teach, teaching fees can run over $80.00 an hour. Prospective students can compare prices before they enlist a teacher. No student is ever forced to stay with a teacher if he or she is not satisfied. If a teacher is good, she or he does not need to take students from another teacher. The teaching profession is quite competitive. There is no need to change the code of ethics. Doesn't the legal profession as well a the medical profession and others have similar codes of ethics? Why are they not penalized? How anyone could file a complaint against the MTNA is beyond my understanding.