Lesson Options & Studio Policies

Please read the Studio and Payment Policies before enrolling in the studio!



This is the best option for the serious, long term student who needs a secure spot.

  • Weekly or Biweekly, 30 minutes or 60 minutes, in person or via Skype! 

  • Month to Month Commitment- To receive the discounted price, recurring lessons are billed Monthly** and paid fully, in advance, to reserve your ongoing spot.  You will receive an invoice by the 20th of the month before lessons are given, or when you enter the studio. To reserve your spot, payments are due by the 25th of the month prior to lessons.  A $20 late fee may apply if we have to collect late payments, or we will open up the spot.   

  • 24 Hour Cancellation Policy - No Credits, Refunds or Prorated Tuition for Canceled Lessons. Make Ups Only. Lessons are forfeited in the event of a last minute cancellation or no-show.

  • If you need to take time off, you have two options. 1. To save your spot, pay for the month as usual and schedule make up lessons when you return. 2. Let me know in writing the month before and I will remove you from your spot on the calendar so you aren't billed.  You are welcome to come back at any time but I can't guarantee unpaid spots so you may need to look for a different time.  To cancel lessons, please give 30 days notice so we have adequate time to replace your spot. Please complete all the lessons you have paid for before stopping, as refunds will not be given. 

  • Plan Benefits Include: Your Own Guaranteed Spot, Easy online or in person scheduling and bill pay, Priority scheduling if you need to your recurring change spot.  Priority with same day lesson shuffling option (for those who need to move a lesson time around within the same day, based on availability).


Great option for those with crazy schedules and don't want to schedule a bunch of make up lessons or those who have financial considerations.

  • 30-60 minute lessons, in person or via Skype!

  • Book your own lessons, online or in person, at your convenience.

  • Pay as you go (in advance) when booking the lesson.  (Cash/checks will be accepted at the beginning of the lesson however, students who cancel at the last minute will be billed for the lesson.) 

  • 24 Hour Cancellation Policy - No Credits, Refunds or Prorated Tuition for Canceled Lessons.  Make Ups Only.  Lessons are forfeited in the even of a last minute cancellation or no-show.

  • Plan Benefits Include: No monthly commitment, Easy online or in person scheduling and bill pay, Same day lesson shuffling option (for those who need to move a lesson time around within the same day, based on availability).


  • Cash/Checks/Credit/Debit/Paypal/Bank Draft payments are accepted. To pay via Paypal, Just log into Paypal and send your payment to vocaledgestudio@gmail.com or click on the “pay” spot on the invoice when it is sent out around the 20th of the month before.

  • If you know in advance that you will need some time off, please give as much notice as possible so that I can fill your spot.  You are always welcome to return when you are ready, but you may have to look for another day/time.  Please understand that there may not be any spots available at the time of your return but you can come back on the waiting list or work yourself back in to the schedule as a random lesson student.

  • There is a $25 fee for returned checks.

  • Some months have 3 weeks (with holidays), some have 5. Your invoice or package will reflect the number of lessons you will have in a month.

  • Major studio recitals are held in May, August and December.  Participation is optional. For those who wish to perform, a Performance Pass must be purchased. Cost for the Performance Pass is the same as one half-hour lesson and it must be paid before the recital.  The Performance Pass covers all performances one or more recitals in a particular season: Spring, Summer or Fall. 

  • Other fees may apply if we have extra workshops, karaoke nights, or public concerts where I need to rent equipment or pay for a space.  If a student needs piano accompaniment for a recital or audition, the fee is $25 for a private accompanist and it covers a 45 minute rehearsal and a $15 per additional hour with the accompanist if needed.  

  • We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone at any time for any reason but especially for repeated late payments, no-shows, too many repeated cancellations, disrespect for studio policies and disrespect for the teacher/studio or other students. People who leave the studio while owing money will not be allowed back unless payment in full is received in advance. 


  • Students under the age of 9 will be auditioned at the first lesson to determine whether or not he or she is ready for private lessons. Younger students may be asked to audition for a lesson spot.

  • Studio Equipment – Students (especially young children), please be careful with the studio equipment (microphones, cables, headphones, music stands, etc.)

  • Be on time or a few minutes early, so you don't lose any lesson time!

  • Skype lessons will not be recorded from my end, but you may record on your end.  To Skype call, add Laurie.Winckel to your contacts and message me when you are ready.  I'll call you just as soon as  I've finished the lesson before yours.

  • Contacting me during lessons – I usually don’t answer the phone during lessons, so if you need to contact me for a quicker response, please text me at 512-796-8976.  I will glance at my phone several times a day to check for your texts.  I will respond as quickly as I can! 

  • Please bring water, pencils for marking in sheet music, designated CD notebook or case for holding your lesson CD’s in. Bring any song lyrics you need, but if you leave them at home, I can usually pull them up online. Bring a USB thumb drive if you wish to have your lesson recorded on that device, rather than a CD.

  • I reserve the right to refuse service to anyone that might not yet be ready for lessons due to age, maturity or health related issues.  I will not teach those who show disrespect towards any individual or property,  does not represent the studio or themselves in a professional manner or those who do honor or respect my policies.

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