This Code of Ethics is a statement of the general principles governing the professional behaviour and conduct of members of the Federation in their relations with one another. It is to be applied in particular circumstances and cases as the conscience of the individual members shall dictate, having due regard for any current usage or practice of the particular province/territory or branch. Professional conduct that is not, in good faith, consistent with such principles or that willfully departs there from is unethical.
The CFMTA/FCAPM promotes:
- high musical and academic qualifications among its member teachers;
- progressive ideas on the teaching of music;
- workshops and lectures for the continuing education of teachers;
- attendance at Provincial/Territorial and National Conventions;
- participation in cultural events throughout the community;
- awareness of Canadian contemporary music;
- formal tuition contracts between the teacher and the student.
The Code of Ethics expresses our commitment to the profession, the student and the community.
- The teaching of music is primarily a cultural activity, yet all business matters should be handled in a professional manner.
- Music shall be taught with the object of improving its prestige as an art form and enhancing the status of music in the community.
- The art of music teaching shall be regarded as a continual process of self-education and improvement to develop professional excellence and improve standards.
- Students shall be treated with consideration and patience.
- Fair and honourable business practices shall at all times be observed in dealing with students, their parents and other members of the Federation.
- Members of the Federation may fairly compete with one another, but misrepresentation of one’s own or disparagement of another member’s professional standing or personal qualities is unethical conduct.
- A fair and reasonable period of continuous instruction shall warrant a member’s claiming a student.
- On undertaking to give instruction to a student who has formerly received instruction from another teacher, a member should be satisfied that the student has formally discontinued instruction with the former teacher.