Online Guitar Lessons via Zoom

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My private guitar lessons via Zoom are now available to students living in or outside of my area. Actually, anywhere in the world.

For 35+ years, I’ve taught one-on-one, face-to-face private guitar lessons. Since live-streaming and video-conferencing technology has greatly improved over the last few years, I have decided to  offer this option to aspiring guitar students who live far from my location. And just like in my in-person lessons, I endeavor to make my online lessons fun and productive as well. All of my available lesson slots are posted below toward the bottom of this page.  

In order to have the best experience with online lessons, please read all of the info below regarding my policies, pricing and how online lessons work. You’ll have the option to request to be contacted about starting your lessons by filling out the form at the bottom of this page. Thanks!


Lessons for Children to Adults – all levels:

I do teach children, but no younger than 13 years old for online lessons. I do teach 11 years old but that’s only for in-person lessons which are best suited for younger players. Many of my students are young adults to retirement age, from beginner to advanced.

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.


How Online Lessons Work

  • Lessons will be given via Zoom – it’s a free download!
  • The Zoom app is a free download from the App Store or Google Play if you’re using a smartphone or Ipad. 
  • If you’re using a laptop or desktop, sign up for Zoom to download for free here.
  • Each week, you’ll get an email with the Zoom meeting (lesson) link which will launch when you click on the link.

You also need to need to have the following to participate in online lessons:

  • A high-speed internet connection.
  • PC or laptop with a webcam or…
  • iPad or Smartphone with camera capability.
  • Your own guitar for lessons and practice.
  • A well-lit area to do your online lesson.
  • Printer to print lesson material emailed to you for you to practice.

Online Lesson Preparation

I will make sure I understand what you want your lesson to concentrate on based on a conversation with you that we’ll have regarding your personal playing goals.

  • The written part of our lesson will be prepared and emailed to you ahead of time in a PDF file. We will go over the material live on camera and the lesson is yours to keep.
  • Please have Zoom installed. You can run audio and video tests on your computer using the application. Wide screen view is best and again, high-speed internet required. I will send you a video on how to set up your Zoom settings to get the best experience from the meeting.
  • Payment for the lesson month will need to be received prior to the first lesson for that month.
  • Again, please have a quiet well-lit comfortable area with minimal background distractions for our lesson.

Online Lesson Rate & Details

  • I’ll Save You Money! The average cost for private lessons at a local music store is $30 – $35 per 1/2 hr. My cost will save you $20 – $30 per month because I don’t have to pay for studio rental at a retail location since I teach from my home.
  • Lessons are Weekly for 30-minute at $25 per lesson (paid by the month) for the same time slot each week. A typical 4-lesson month will be $100. If there’s a 5th lesson week, it would be $125 total for the month. Weekly lessons are the BEST way for any student who wants to progress steadily and quickly. That being said, I don’t offer to do any bi-weekly lessons. 
  • This is a month-to-month commitment and is prepaid to reserve your spot for the month. I have available time slots during the daytime hours as well as a few weeknight slots. All of my available slots are posted below.  
  • Lesson(s) must be prepaid each month through CashApp, PayPal, Venmo or Zelle for the full month’s lessons. Lessons will not be given if they’re unpaid.
  • There is no refund for unused lessons; for example, if a student decides not to show up or discontinues before the month’s lessons are taken. Payment is made to reserve the time slot for the whole month. I’ve only had that happen once in my 35+ years of teaching but it needs to be stated.

Paying for Your Lessons and Due Dates

Your online lesson payment must be prepaid prior to the lesson. Payment is due the last week of the month for the following month’s lessons, or no later than the week of your lesson but it must be prior to the lesson at least 24 hours. Lessons are paid a month-at-a-time which reserves your slot for the month.  Example: lesson is due the last week of October to pay for November’s lessons or no later than 24 hours before the first lesson for the month. Lessons may be paid by either CashApp, PayPal, Venmo or Zelle. There is no refund for unused lessons.


Holidays, Cancelled, & Missed Lessons

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.

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 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: If a student needs to cancel a lesson, I’ll work to give make up lessons for those 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 (i.e. cancelling just prior to the lesson is not sufficient notice).

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.

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.


Available Openings for Online Lessons:

All time slots below are available for online lessons and are Eastern Time Zone. Evening slots can be done in-person if you live locally. Lessons are 30 minutes long but I can do hour lessons if I have available back-to-back slots. The cost for 60-minute lessons are double the price of the 30-minute rate. The listed time slots below are current and are updated when there are any changes.

Monday: All Slots Sold
Tuesday: All Slots Sold
Wednesday: 6:30 PM
Thursday: 5:00 PM
Friday: All Slots Sold

Questions?

If you still have questions, please contact me at 678-233-7728 (call or text) or feel free to E-mail Me at jimcruzmusic@duck.com with your questions, I do respond .

Ready to Sign Up for Online Lessons?

Click Here to fill out the Online Guitar Lesson Request Form.

I will respond to your request within 48 hours.