Lesson Policies

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My Lesson Policies and Details for my McDonough Home Studio…

Lesson Payment Due Date:

Lesson payments are preferably due on the last lesson of the month for the following month, at the very latest at the 1st lesson/week of the month. If lesson money is not paid at the first lesson of the month, I reserve the right to refuse to give the lesson.

Acceptable Form of Payment:

Lessons are CASH ONLY or Online PayPal Payments (if paid prior to the lesson). I require a $3 fee for Online Payments. I no longer accept personal checks, thank you.

Holidays, Cancelled, & Missed Lessons


There are no lessons during holidays. Lessons that fall on a Holiday (Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, & New Year’s Day) are not charged.

Teacher-Cancelled Lessons:

If I cancel lessons due to sickness, emergency or conflicting event, I will schedule a make-up for the student or credit the money if it can’t be worked out in that month or the month following the lesson.

School Breaks (Fall Break, Winter Break, etc.): 

I teach during the county school breaks since I am running a private business. Only a percentage of my students are in school, many of my students are adults.  If you are planning on going out of town for a school break, please let me know so that we can plan for that opening and work out a make up lesson.

Missed or Cancelled Lessons: 

I work with my students to give make up lessons for missed sessions if there is an available opening. I require at least 24-hours advanced notice if a lesson will be missed. That gives me enough time to schedule another student to use the missed slot for a make-up. I can’t guarantee that everyone will get a make-up lesson in the same month since it will depend on available slots, but I’ll do my best. Make-up lessons will not be given without sufficient advanced notice (ie: cancelling just prior to the lesson is not sufficient notice).

Missed Make-up Lessons: 

If a make-up lesson is missed without sufficient advanced notice so I have the opportunity to schedule someone else for a make-up in that slot (ie: 4 – 6 hrs prior notice of the lesson), then the make-up is lost. Missing scheduled make-up lessons without advanced notice & expecting another one, is not fair to other students needing the slot for a make-up. If you feel you’ll have a schedule conflict with a make-up lesson, please give me the courtesy of advanced notice and I’ll be more than happy to re-schedule another time that would be more convenient to your schedule.

Avoiding losing Your Lesson Slot: 

Please note that I do reserve the right to drop the student without notice and give the slot away without a refund, even though they may have paid for the lessons.

The following 3 reasons explain how a slot can be lost and how you can avoid this:

1) Multiple No-Shows – When a student misses 2 or more lessons without notifying me of the missed lessons, I will drop them from the schedule even though they have paid lessons left in the month. I justify this because in my mind, I’ve been left with the impression that the student dropped the class & will not return.
2) No-Show on the first lesson of the month – When a student is a no-show on the 1st lesson of the month without prior notification when the month’s tuition is due, the student is dropped and the lessons are given to someone else. Payment is due on the last lesson of the month (for the following month) and no later then the first lesson of the month.
3) Non-Payment of Lessons – When a student does not pay for the lesson by the 1st lesson and at the 2nd lesson still has no payment, the student will be dropped at the 2nd lesson.

Please extend to me the courtesy of a call, email, or text message in advanced to let me know if a lesson will be missed. Lessons cancelled with last minute notification are not given make-ups, so advanced notification is much appreciated.
If a student is planning to drop from lessons, I ask to be notified ahead of time so I have time to notify the people on my waiting list to fill the slot.
Contact me to get scheduled at the McDonough location (678-233-7728 ) or contact me through my Contact Page.

Available Openings

My current available openings are posted  here at my website on my Schedule Openings Page, I update it regularly so that the available slots are current at the website. Please note that from August to May is my busiest time for lessons and my schedule gets packed solid. I get contacted by people every week interested in guitar lessons and as a result, I have accumulated a number of people on my waiting list. If you’re interested in lessons, I can’t guarantee that an opening you desire will still be available if you wait too long to secure it. It’s first-come, first-serve.


I do not reserve slots for longer than a week because of the demand and since I do this for a living; an open slot means loss of income until it’s filled. Please don’t request a slot that is two weeks away or a month away. It also wouldn’t be fair to the people on my waiting list that have patiently waited for an opening.

Lesson Instrument

I teach on both electric and acoustic guitars. If the student is playing an electric instrument, there’s no need to bring an amplifier. I have multiple amplifiers for the lesson. I’ll also have learning materials available for the student which they’ll have to take home and work with.
Each student is required to have their own instrument to take lessons and also to practice at home. If you’re shopping for your first guitar, I do suggest starting with an acoustic guitar first, but electric guitars are fine for a first instrument. The best local sources for a new guitar are Whole Note Music Store (Stockbridge), Attina’s Music Store (McDonough), or Guitar Center (Fayetteville). You can also purchase an instrument online at GuitarCenter.com.
For young children from age 8-10 yrs old, the best guitar to get is a 3/4-sized guitar, which is perfect for their size. Please don’t get a guitar from Walmart – those are poorly made and are actually considered a toy rather than a musical instrument. A pawn shop or an online source (Craigslist, Ebay, etc.) can be a decent source, ONLY if you know what you’re looking for and know how to check for the quality of the instrument, but I wouldn’t recommend it unless you have the option to return it if it’s not up to par.


Please contact call me at 678-233-7728 or through my Contact Page with your questions, I do respond.

About Jimmy Cruz

I'm a professional musician, music teacher, husband, Dad, & Grandpa. I'm impassioned with teaching & helping others discover the joy of playing music and creatively interacting with other musicians. I have 3 adult kids, 2 adult step-kids, & a grandson. I'm married to my beautiful wife, Cheryl. I enjoy time with friends,, family, concerts, sci-fi movies/books, being creative, writing/performing music, physical fitness and hanging out with my wife.