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Legal Landscape:
The Value of Conducing a Member Survey—The Legal Way (Open Access)

As independent music teachers and directors of independent music schools, we constantly seek information on the most up-to-date business trends in our profession. Articles, blogs, presentations and webinars all help, but another way to find the latest and greatest information is to conduct a survey of our peers. When planning a member survey, be aware of the following do’s and don’ts to help you gather relevant data, observe best practices and abide by legal requirements. …

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Legal Landscape: Protecting Your Business When an Employee Leaves: Purposes and Benefits of Non-Compete Agreements and Non-Solicitation Agreements

Non-compete agreements, also known as restrictive covenants, are a legal agreement between an employer and an employee that limits the employee’s ability to compete with the employer’s business after their employment ends. While these agreements are a common feature in many large companies, small businesses—such as music studios and independent music instructors—can also benefit from using them. …

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Legal Landscape: Business Structure Options for Music Teachers

Are you trying to decide on the best business structure for your teaching? OR are you looking for ways to upgrade or change your current teaching situation? Besides the two traditional platforms (independent studio and university faculty) there are other attractive choices available. Offered here are descriptions of several options, their pros and cons, and the legal/tax pluses and minuses of various business types. …

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Ignorance Is Not Bliss

Because we generally have good relationships with our students and colleagues, we may be naive about legal issues that can affect our studios.… We, therefore, must be aware of the legal issues concerning us as professional music teachers. …

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Legal Documents

MTNA's attorney has prepared several legal documents pertaining to music teaching. Business-related documents, including employment documents and teaching-related documents are available.

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A Brief Legal Guide for the Independent Music Teacher

MTNA's attorney has answers questions related to independent music teaching in this Q & A-format booklet.

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