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MTNA Vision and Code of Ethics


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.

MTNA 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.


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.


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

  • 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.


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.

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