Song Leading is the oldest track of study we offer through The Singing School and it remains our most popular program. These core classes will prepare and equip a man to competently lead and coordinate God’s people in worship through songs and other activities. Everyone is a fit for The Singing School: Some of our students have no background in music theory and no background of experience as a song leader when they come; some of our students have little or no background in music theory, but they have led singing for years; some of our students have a broad background in both music and leadership. We can accommodate this diversity of students in our school due to our large, experienced teaching faculty and breadth of curriculum.
We teach that Song Leading is both an art and a science. The first two years of our curriculum are “science-heavy.” We believe in training a man in the fundamentals, to be able to direct a song from a technical (“scientific”) standpoint. This includes training in how to project one’s voice, pitch a song, how to find the tempo of a song, how to beat various time signatures, and how to overcome common problems that often confront a song leader. Students learn confidence in their skills, knowing that they can lead any song proficiently.
The third and fourth years of the training build on the foundational elements from years one and two and expose the student to the “art” of song leading. It is at this point that the Song Leaders’ Track broadens into the Worship Leaders’ Track. In fact, these years are designed to not only polish the song leading student, but to prepare them for being the Music Director or Worship Minister in a congregation. In these two years there is advanced training and coaching in singing and song leading as well as full treatment of other components of worship.
Men who complete all four years of this program (200 hours) will have a comprehensive view of the church’s worship and assembly and will be equipped to effect positive change “back home,” in singing, attitude, and perspective.
“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 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