Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00219

Submission Number:
00219
Commenter:
Karen Woolhiser
Organization:
MTNA
State:
Washington
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

131-0118

The FTC attack on the Music Teachers National Association is simply incomprehensible. Why is our government wasting taxpayer dollars to attack a CODE OF ETHICS, something from which the govt itself could learn? I disagree with the FTC that the ethics code would increase price of lessons or stand in the way of competition, and don't really feel that this is a problem in our industry, anyway. Most people who teach piano lessons full-time barely make a living wage, no matter where they live. To address the issue of competition, I will say that most of my 'colleagues' in MTNA do not actively recruit students from each other. I do not view my 'colleagues' in the MTNA membership as my competition; they really are my 'colleagues' in a field where most of us work independently in our own homes or studios. I rely upon these colleagues for advice, assistance, and support at every step of the 'art' of teaching. To attack MTNA's Code of Ethics is to attack the very core of any professional organization of colleagues. This is setting a dangerous precedent for every non-profit membership organization. This decision needs to be rescinded and an apology issued by the FTC to the MTNA.