PALM BEACH COUNTY MUSIC TEACHERS ASSOCIATION
CODE OF ETHICS
We, the members of the Palm Beach County Music Teachers Association, having dedicated ourselves to the advancement of music and the development of musicians, subscribe to the following principles of ethical practice as standards of professional conduct.
It shall be the obligation of every member to maintain the highest standards of moral and professional conduct and personal integrity.
In the area of studio music teaching:
In the areas of co-operative activity:
- Teachers will refrain from exploiting the student primarily for the teacher's own prestige.
- Teachers will be indefatigable in developing students' good taste in music literature and highest possible standards in performance.
- Teachers will teach the interpretation of music according to what, in their best judgment, are the intentions of the composer.
- It shall be the aim of all teachers to afford every student a rich experience in music.
- Teachers will refrain from discussing with parents or students the work of another teacher in such a way as to injure the professional reputation of that teacher.
- Teachers will not claim sole credit for the achievement of students under co-operative or individual instruction if such claims shall discredit a previous or presently co-operating teacher.
- Teachers will not claim credit for the achievements of any student until the student has studied with that teacher for a term of no less than six months.
- Teachers will offer opportunities for study to gifted but underprivileged students in the form of free lessons or scholarships only upon merit and not as inducements to study with a particular teacher.
- Teachers will not solicit another teacher's students.
- Teachers will not accept a student who is or has been studying the same subject with another teacher until the relations with the previous teacher have been terminated and his just indebtedness paid in full.
- Teachers will rely on their professional qualities to attract students and will avoid using their positions in the community, churches or schools as pressure on students to study with them.
- Teachers will not represent themselves as a "pupil of" or a "student of" a teacher unless they have completed a minimum of three months' study with that teacher.
- Teachers will not make exaggerated claims or misleading statements in any printed matter; advertising copy will be dignified, strictly truthful and representative of the art of music and its responsibility of the community.
It shall be the duty of every member to report to the Executive Board the violation of any article of this code, supported by written evidence of such unethical conduct.
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