The purpose of the NEPTA Mentoring Program is to give NEPTA members the opportunity to broaden their teaching experience through observation of and discussion with experienced master teachers, to give master teachers the opportunity of passing on their teaching legacies and to establish close collegial relationships between NEPTA members.
- As a NEPTA member and Mentee you are bound to adhere to NEPTA’s Code of Ethics.
- The Mentor is responsible for supervising his or her piano students at all times.
- The Mentee should not be left alone with the student.
- The Mentee should not interfere in the piano lessons. Any questions should be asked after the lesson so that piano lessons are not interrupted.
- The Mentee should not teach the Mentor’s students at any time while he or she is a Mentee.
- Confidentiality is crucial to the program’s integrity. The Mentee takes full responsibility for maintaining the confidential and private nature of all records and information about the students and their families who are participating in the NEPTA Mentoring Program.
- Full names and contact information of students will not be given to the Mentee.
- The comfort of the piano student is of the highest priority at all times. If the student is uncomfortable in being observed during a lesson, the Mentee may be asked not to observe that particular student.
- You, the Mentee, need to honor requests made by the Mentor. For example, the Mentor may request a certain dress code, that you be punctual, and that you notify your Mentor if you cannot observe lessons as planned.
- Any documents the Mentee signs will become, and remain, part of the NEPTA Mentoring Program files.
Before any lesson observations can begin, you must:
- Fill out the Application for Mentees.
- Sign Billing Agreement.
- Sign Confidentiality Agreement.
- Return all signed forms to the NEPTA Mentoring Program Chairperson.
- At the end of the mentoring period, you need to fill out the Evaluation by Mentor form and return it to the NEPTA Mentoring Program Chairperson.
An Advisor (a NEPTA Mentoring Program Committee member) will be assigned to you. If you have any questions or concerns about the program, you should contact your Advisor.
NEPTA Code of Ethics
Committment 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 the students and families unless the law requires disclosure.
- The teacher shall clearly communicate the expectations and policies of the studio to both students and parents.
- 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/her choice.
Committment to Colleagues
- The teacher shall maintain a professional attituted and shall act with integrity in 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 services unless disclosure serves a compelling professional purpose or is required by law.
- The teacher shall respect the integrity of other teachers’ studios and shall not actively recruit students from another studio.
Committment to Society
- The teacher shall maintain the highest standard of professional conduct and integrity.
- The teacher shall accurately represent his/her professional qualifications.
- The teacher shall strive for continued growth in professional competencies.
- The teacher I encouraged to be a resource in the community.
- The teacher is encouraged to further the aims of NEPTA by active participation whenever possible.
Adapted from the Music Teachers National Association Code of Ethics, with permission 6/6/05