Code of Ethics

Vision and Values
The mission of MTNA is to advance the value of music study and music making in society and to support the professionalism of music teachers. The mission is accomplished by members who teach with competence, act with integrity, volunteer services to MTNA programs, provide professional support for colleagues and communities, and comply with all laws and regulations that impact the music teaching profession.

Anti-trust Compliance
MTNA agreed to change its Code of Ethics and will not adopt, encourage its members to follow, or endorse any Code of Ethics provision relating to solicitation of teaching work that does not comply with the FTC Consent Order.

Revised Code of Ethics
The principles and aspirations found in the Code of Ethics are not conditions of membership, but are goals and ideals that each MTNA member should strive to make an essential part of his or her professional commitment to students, to colleagues and to society.

Commitment to Students
The teacher shall conduct the relationship with students and families in a professional manner.

  • The teacher shall respect the personal integrity and privacy of students unless the law requires disclosure.
  • The teacher shall clearly communicate the expectations of the studio.
  • The teacher shall encourage, guide and develop the musical potential of each student.
  • The teacher shall treat each student with dignity and respect, without discrimination of any kind.
  • The teacher shall respect the student’s right to obtain instruction from the teacher of his or her choice.

Commitment to Colleagues
The teacher shall maintain a professional attitude and shall act with integrity with regard to colleagues in the profession.

  • The teacher shall respect the reputation of colleagues and shall refrain from making false or malicious statements about colleagues.
  • The teacher shall refrain from disclosing sensitive information about colleagues obtained in the course of professional service unless disclosure serves a compelling professional purpose or is required by law.
  • The teacher shall participate in the student’s change of teachers with as much communication as possible between parties, while being sensitive to the privacy rights of the student and families.

Commitment to Society
The teacher shall maintain the highest standard of professional conduct and personal integrity.

  • The teacher shall accurately represent his/her professional qualifications.
  • The teacher shall strive for continued growth in professional competencies.
  • The teacher is encouraged to be a resource in the community.

Updated June 28, 2016.