Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00225

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Melodie Acker
Arizona State Music Teachers Association, state affiliate of MTNA
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Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
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Both my father and my father-in-law fought in World War II defending freedom for United States citizens. I currently have a adult student who was a US Army helicopter pilot. He says he did not put his life on the line for this FTC nonsense. I don't think this is what current and former members of our military had in mind when they put their lives on the line every day defending freedom of United States citizens. Has the federal government under the current administration sunk so low that this ridiculous "investigation" is considered a priority? Teaching students to play the piano is my passion; I love every minute that I spend teaching students. I have been a private music teacher for 33 years. During that time, I have taught hundreds of piano students and sought nothing but the best for them in music and in life. I have also donated hundreds of hours of my personal time to MTNA, ASMTA , ASP, and EVMTA for the benefit of our students. Most teachers are earning a modest living, something government employees in Washington DC certainly cannot relate to. Now as a volunteer, I am required to spend countless hours revising bylaws and code of ethics at the state level and helping our local associations do the same. All of this is so the Federal Trade Commission can justify their existence. Certainly, there are other more pressing concerns in our country today than going after music teachers who in most if not all cases have done nothing wrong. If people want to break laws or violate suggested codes, they are going to do it regardless of what anyone sys if they are unethical. Case in point. I happened to be out of the country a year ago. This was well planned in advance and I taught extra lessons, notified students, and had everything in order way ahead of when my trip was to occur. When I returned in two weeks, I was shocked to learn that another teacher had stolen one of my students. I had no prior knowledge of this and I was not informed by the student or parents that there was an issue before I left. The Federal Trade Commission is encouraging this type of behavior and forcing MTNA to go along with it. What a complete inane waste of taxpayer's money. Melodie L. Acker, NCTM Nationally Certified Teacher of Music Arizona State Music Teachers Association President ASMTA Honored Teacher 2010 proud member of MTNA since 1977