Music education is the very core of the singing school’s curriculum. We offer four sessions of classes for beginners and advanced students alike, in theory, appreciation and application classes.
The basics of music theory and sight reading classes are a full survey of church music using shaped notes to accelerate the learning curve. We cover everything you need to know to read and understand what you see in the music found in our hymnals. Sight reading makes up two hours of class time each day. Later, introduction and advanced harmony classes offer studies in chord structure and their application in church music.
Song leaders receive training in the basics and advanced techniques of leading congregational singing. They are coached in classes designed to develop their skills. Video is used to allow the student to see for themselves where further work is needed and where progress has been made. Worship planning and the use of projected hymns are covered in the advanced classes. The art of providing music leadership in the local church to sing new songs, to help the congregation improve its singing skills, and to provide a complete music program for the local church are covered.
Four music appreciation classes offer studies in the history and trends of church music, the history of public worship, and the scientific principles of music and acoustics.
Individuals wishing to learn the basics of song writing receive instruction in not only music theory, but also the principles of good lyric writing and music composition.
Those wishing to increase their skills as singers and to master the performance skills required in a cappella congregational singing, attend the singer’s choral workshop. Directed by a thirty year veteran director, new songs are introduced, practiced, and performed each evening.
There is something at The Singing School for everyone who wishes to increase their effectiveness in their home congregation.
Our courses are broken down into 10 sections:
I have a music degree from a 4-year college and thought I knew everything I needed to know about singing and writing music. Guess what!!! Didn’t know as much as I thought I did. Learned tons of new stuff. They attract some of the best teachers in their field!! Well worth your time!! Aneva P.
“I highly recommend the Singing School, as there is an urgent need for song leader training.” Keith Lancaster (4/4/16), Cullman, Alabama
“I plan on making Singing School a part of my summer for my whole life!”
Megan A., Neosho, Missouri
“I always thought I was a fairly decent song leader before attending the school. But having gone thru the program, I learned from excellent instructors and have confidence to lead in ways that I would have never tried before. I was challenged to be better, not for me, but for Him.” Robin E., Madison, Alabama
“The fellowship and love we had together in song and spirituality is something I will cherish for the rest of my life … I would encourage anyone who has a passion for leading the church in worship to take the time even for one year to experience what the Singing School has to offer.” Alan D., London, England
“I had a WONDERFUL time with all of you this week! I will work hard this year!” Megan A., Missouri
“We had a good time singing with you all tonight. Thanks for letting us stop by.” Jason F., Abilene, Texas
“What a great, intense week the Singing School was! I want to shout my thanks to all of you who work so hard to make this happen. I can only imagine the time and effort that goes into it.” Kerri R., Grants Pass, Oregon
“I thank all of the teachers, coaches, and staff here at ACU Singing School for helping me get where I am today. I had a long way to go and I’m just barely getting started… thank you all from the bottom of my heart.” Robert H., Temple, Texas
“So stoked to be in our church’s regular song leading rotation. Lead today again and loved it! I love leading people in worship for God! Thank you all for all I learned with you guys!” Jeff R., Abilene, Texas
“So today I was able to song lead in Ladies’ Chapel! I am proud to say that I did the time signature and was on pitch! … I got a lot of compliments and it made me really happy! So glad that I was able to go to this school and learn what I did!” Alejandra G., Lubbock, Texas
“Some of the most talented, sincere, and spiritual people I’ve ever met was because of the Singing School.” Robin E., Madison, Alabama
“I never would have thought or dreamed of being able to even be in front of 2 or 3 people a few years ago. … never would have been possible without the love, support, and teaching of this singing school.” Robert H., Temple, Texas