Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00206

Submission Number:
Cynthia Groff
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
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In my opinion, the FTC has overstepped its reach with its action against MTNA. It is an organization which exists to provide teachers of music a place of furthering their own pedagogical education, professional development, and of organizing performing opportunities for students. The code of ethics which the FTC has stated violates law, in fact, does not do so. It is not a "policy," as such, it is more of a suggestion of what is considered standard professional behavior. It is not binding upon the members, and in no way impedes fairness in pricing of lessons or anything else. Students are ALWAYS free to go to a new teacher, and teachers are ALWAYS free to advertise in any way they choose. I would like to state for the record that if the FTC sees this as leading to some kind of "price fixing," then let me say that we are not very good at it, since manicurists, massage therapists, and dental hygienists (to name a few), charge more than the vast majority of private music teachers who have far more education. As a taxpayer, I am shocked and dismayed at your treatment of this group, and at the abysmal waste of taxpayer money on it. I am also disgusted that you forced a small non-profit to spend its meager resources on such a ridiculous claim, particularly when they immediately caved and removed the "offensive" part of their handbook. Surely, there are more credible and economically impactful ways for you to be spending time and tax dollars. It is bullying of the most unfathomable kind, and I have not seen one thing from you that justifies it. You are a blatant example of overreaching the boundaries of your office. It is my belief that you are using this group as some kind of test case to set a precedent. Disgusting.