Guitar Lesson Rates & Policies

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Welcome and thanks for your interest in taking guitar lessons from me! My guitar lesson rates for my in-person lessons are given below along with my policies. Please make yourself aware of my policies so there’s no misunderstanding in how lessons are conducted. Also make sure to check my available lesson slots here on my website.

If you don’t see an available time slot on a particular time/day you desire to take lessons, you’ll want to subscribe to my mailing list, so that you can be notified by email whenever new lesson slots open up.

If you have any questions or would like to sign up for lessons, you may contact me directly by email ( or call/text me at 678-233-7728.

Basic Lesson Details…

  • ​I teach private, one-on-one, guitar lessons at my Home Studio location in McDonough, GA. All lessons are weekly, I don’t do bi-weekly lessons. The address location is 129 Vintage Trail, McDonough, GA 30253 
  • Lessons are for an individual student and not group lessons. Lessons for more than one person must be slotted as separate individual lesson slots for each person and paid for as such. Back-to-back lessons can be given only if there are back-to-back time slots available. Otherwise lessons will be given on separate time slots until a slot comes open that can accommodate back-to-back lessons.
  • My Lesson Days are Monday thru Friday evenings and all day on Saturdays. 
  • Lessons for Children: I do teach children but no younger than 11 years old. If you have a young child younger than 11, contact me and I can refer a teacher who will teach younger kids.

Lesson Rates and policies are explained below…

My Lessons Will Save You Money!

My lessons are priced less than what you would pay for private lessons at all of the local music stores!

My rates are $10-$15 LESS per lesson than what local music retailers in the metro-Atlanta area charge – that’s $40 – $60 less per month. I’ve taught in retail music stores for decades and music teachers were required to pay for the use of the store’s lesson studio room, which was charged back to the student. Since I don’t have the overhead that a retail store would have, I’m able to charge less and save you money on your lessons.

Here are My Cost-Saving Rates…

Lessons are $25 per lesson which are paid by the month. The monthly lesson tuition is typically $100 for 4 weeks/4 lessons or $125 when there’s 5 weeks/5 lessons, based on $25 each weekly 1/2 hr. session.

Lessons are preferably paid by CASH – no personal checks, please. This is a fixed lesson tuition rate which reserves your time slot for the month, regardless if lessons are missed (planned or unplanned). This works much the same as paying for a college class or a sports activity. Lessons are pro-rated when a new student starts lessons in the middle of the month. I offer make up lessons if I’m notified of a missed lesson at least 24-hours in advance.

Lessons at my McDonough Home Studio are a month-to-month commitment – there’s no contract or registration fee to pay. Most music stores charge a sign up fee for lessons. I don’t do that.

Lesson Payment Due Date: 

Lesson payments are due on the last week of the month for the following month, at the very latest by the 1st lesson/week of the month. In order for the time slot to be reserved for the month, payment must be received the first lesson of the month.

Please Note: If lessons are not paid up by the 1st week’s lesson, I reserve the right to refuse to teach the lesson when the student shows up for their 2nd lesson in the month if no payment is yet made. The time slot will not be reserved for the month without payment and will be made available to be sold to another student.

Holidays, Cancelled, & Missed Lessons

Missed or Cancelled Lessons: If a student cancels a lesson in advance, a make-up lesson can be taken for those missed sessions if there is an available opening that is convenient to the student . 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 (i.e. cancelling just prior to the lesson is not sufficient notice). Lessons that are not cancelled 24 hours in advance are still charged.

If frequent cancellations are being made, I reserve the right to drop the student with notice and open up the slot for another student to take.

If a student cancels lessons for a month or more with the desire to resume afterward, that student’s time slot cannot be reserved without payment for the unused time and will be opened up as an available time slot to be sold. The student is always free to check back for any available time slots when they intend to resume lessons. However, the student can reserve their time slot for the month if they pay that missed month’s lesson tuition even though no lessons will be taken during that time. Tuition will need to be paid again when lessons are to be resumed.

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.

Holidays: 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.

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.

If a lesson needs to be missed because of illness, please give me the courtesy of contacting me prior to the lesson as early as possible. In some instances, I’ll offer a make-up lesson. If the student is a no show without any notice of the missed lesson, I still have to charge for that time. I do not offer make up lessons if there is a no show for a lesson. Much can be worked out if I get some notice of the missed lesson.

Missed Make-up Lessons: If a make-up lesson is missed without sufficient advanced notice (24 hours in advance) so I have the opportunity to schedule someone else for a make-up in that slot, then the make-up is lost. Missing scheduled make-up lessons without advanced notice & expecting another one, is not fair to other students who are waiting for an open slot to do a make-up lesson. 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.

If the student decides to discontinue lessons before the rest of the month’s paid lessons are completed, I do not give refunds for unused lessons. Refunds are not given for any reason.

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 email me at


If you still have questions, please contact me at 678-233-7728 or feel free to E-mail Me at with your questions, I do respond .

Thanks for your interest…Let’s get you started on playing guitar! Call today. 

I look forward to hearing from you.



Jimmy Cruz, Guitar Instructor
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About Jimmy Cruz

I'm a professional musician, music teacher, husband, Dad, & Grandpa. I'm passionate about teaching & helping folks discover the joy of playing and excelling as musicians. I'm married to my beautiful wife, Cheryl. We have 5 adult kids & 2 sweet grandchildren. My wife and I are members of the First Baptist Church of Eagles Landing. I enjoy time with my wife, family, Christian fellowship, reading, writing/performing music and physical fitness.