The Texas Normal Singing School is a not-for-profit, educational institution. No board members, faculty, or staff receives a salary or remuneration in exchange for the services he/she offers to the church through the School. The Singing School is not sponsored or underwritten by any other organization or congregation; it operates under its own Board of Directors and by funds from students’ tuition and donations. Further details about operational and financial transparency, including copies of IRS form 990-PF, are available via our website.
The standard cost of studying at the Texas Normal Singing School in 2019 is $495. This sum includes your 14 meals (breakfast, lunch, and supper Monday through Thursday; breakfast and lunch on Friday), five nights’ lodging in a furnished apartment, access to leased classroom and chapel space, required event insurance; all textbooks, transportation shuttle services, and all administrative costs (website hosting, printing and postage, display advertising, booth spaces and event registrations, technology and equipment, software, business/banking expenses).
In an effort to make the Singing School as affordable as possible, we’re pleased to announce that supporters of the School have made scholarship funds available to students on an as-needed basis.
The general scholarship offer divides the total cost of Singing School between the three interested parties – the student’s home congregation, the student himself, and the Singing School. Each of these portions comes out to a very affordable $165.
We believe that the home congregation should be excited to invest in her own greatest resource – her members. With this investment will come an expectation, responsibility, charge, and – hopefully – an opportunity for the student to practice and use his new knowledge and skill in the congregational setting (this is essential for a student’s growth and development in the science and art of church music). The student himself should have enough interest in his own spiritual and skills development that he is willing to invest funds, time, and effort into this opportunity. This investment of personal funds promotes an investment of mind, heart, and spirit during the week of Singing School and upon the student’s return. Once the church and student have shown their own intent by partnering for the first two-thirds ($330), we want to show our confidence in our program, curriculum, and faculty and our love for our students and their home congregations by contributing the final one-third.
In memory of the late Randy Daw – gospel preacher, hymn writer, musician, Singing School teacher, and friend of Jesus Christ – we have chosen to fund a single full scholarship ($495) each year. The student receiving this scholarship offer will be a returning student who has demonstrated not only musical excellence, but depth of spirituality, and a personal desire to dig deeply into the art and science of congregational, a cappella singing.
Please telephone Levi Sisemore (806 777-8417), recruiter and registrar, to ask about the availability of scholarship funds. They are offered on an as-needed basis to male and female students in any of our four programs (Worship Leading, Song Writing, Christian Singers Workshop, Women’s Studies). Scholarship funds are limited, thus application for scholarship funds must be made and approved before your arrival and study at the Texas Normal Singing School.
To help create positive conversations between a potential student and his local church leadership about the congregation contributing its one-third, we would be happy – once a scholarship offer has been made – to issue a formal certificate of scholarship award to the student along with a letter to the church leadership explaining the process and the program to which the student is applying.
In an effort to keep our costs as low as possible, our Scholarship Fund does not receive funding from other students’ tuition and fees; it is funded completely by additional donations. If you or your congregation would like to invest in the future of congregational, a cappella singing, we urge you to consider making a donation to this fund. This is a protected fund, earmarked only for scholarship use.
We thank our donors, who have thus far chosen to remain anonymous, for their generosity, vision, and love.
Please contact Levi Sisemore, Singing School Treasurer, with any questions about donating to this fund. As a 501(c)3 organization, donations to the TNSS Operating Fund or Scholarship fund are tax-deductible and a receipt will be issued.
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 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