What Does The Singing School cost?
The cost of 50 hours of training in church music, all your classroom supplies, workbooks, notes, and a notebook, a private bedroom and bathroom, a video tape of your songs (song leading students), and all of your meals is just $495. This may seem like a lot at first, but when you consider that it is all-inclusive, that all of our staff and faculty are totally volunteer (receiving nothing but the satisfaction of teaching), and that we rent our facilities from Abilene Christian University, it seems much more reasonable.
You may find other singing schools that are cheaper, but we guarantee that you will learn more from The Singing School than you would elsewhere and that at the end of the week you will consider it money well-spent. One of the best things about The Singing School is our multi-level curriculum that exposes the student to more and more each year he/she comes. No other singing school has this kind of in depth, comprehensive training. Furthermore, most other singing schools are held in a camp setting and geared towards children and teenagers. While we get our fair share of youths, the environment at The Singing School includes challenges for the adult mind.
What is the “minimum age” to attend The Singing School?
We have no official limit, but remember that The Singing School is a serious learning environment with almost 10 hours of classes each day (50 hours in five days). In recent years, we have had students as young as 10. A majority of our students are adults, however there are always many Christian teens with whom your child may socialize. Use your best judgment when deciding about the age your child may be ready for The Singing School. Of course, we would love if you would come with your child(ren)! The Singing School can be a great family experience in a Christian environment.
What Should I Bring with Me to The Singing School?
Clothes: Be aware that the average July temperature in Abilene, Texas is 94F with 60% humidity. Our classes are all conducted indoors in fully air-conditioned (read: “at times chilly”) classrooms. Most of our students and teachers dress casually (Dockers/nice jeans, button-down/polo shirts). We do request, though, that shorts not be worn during class time. On Thursday evening we do take an official group photograph of the entire school.
For the Apartment: Twin-size sheets, blankets, pillows, or other bedclothes. These items, and many others (trash bags, snacks, bottles of water, throat lozenges, etc.) may be purchased at a nearby Wal-Mart (map).
For the Classroom: Pens/pencils, notebook paper (a binder with many, many handouts is provided); a backpack or satchel may be very useful in moving from class to class. Laptop computers are not needed for any classes, even for taking notes (most notes are provided), though they may be useful for classes involving PowerPoint (upper division Worship Leader courses).
Regardless of your course of study, a pitch pipe will be useful. If you are in the Song Leading or Worship Development tracks, a pitch pipe is required. If you do not have one, you may purchase one at a discounted price at registration.
Singing School Traditions
Our meal tickets with the ACU cafeteria do not begin until Sunday evening. If you come for the Worship Leaders’ Conference or come Saturday in time for supper, please join “the gang.” Friday night is traditionally the Harvest Moon Chinese buffet (1149 E N 10th St.) and Saturday night is Rosa’s Café & Tortilla Factory (1026 N Judge Ely Blvd.). The Singing School weekend usually coincides with a major Hollywood release, and many go as a group to the Premier Cinema 10 Theater.
On Thursday afternoon, a whole-school picture is taken by James Tackett. This may influence your choice of clothing for Thursday.
The nearby Dairy Queen stays open late Monday-Thursday just for The Singing School. Come join us for Blizzards and singing! We even enjoy our own version of the gospel classic, Singing on the Premises of Dairy Queen (Standing on the Promises). Two of our alumni have collaborated to prepare a “new DQ song,” At the Dairy Queen, based on the song All Praises Be.
“Number Six-Five-One.” To close out each evening of The Singing School, we all gather together (usually in the Rotunda of the Onstead-Packer Bible Building) to sing Where No One Stands Alone, which is “The Singing School Song.” We issue each of our students a copy of Songs for Worship and Praise from Taylor Publications. Where No One Stands Alone is number 651 in that book. When we used the hymnal Songs of Faith and Praise, this tradition was known as “Number Eight-Oh-One” (as corresponding to its number in that hymnal).
Stand Up and Glorify the Lord and Hosanna serve as our two warm up songs each morning in chapel. A call to action and an out-pouring of pure praise is the best way to start our worship together!
Area Restaurants and Stores
Mall of Abilene • 4310 Buffalo Gap Road
Sam’s Club • 5550 S Clack St
United Grocery Store • 1095 N Judge Ely Blvd.
Wal-Mart Supercenter • 1650 State Hwy 351
Starbucks Coffee Company • ACU Campus Library (west of Bible building)
Kentucky Fried Chicken • 1301 N Judge Ely Blvd. • 0.6 miles
McDonald’s • 1201 N Judge Ely Blvd. • 0.7 miles
Subway Restaurant • 1650 Hwy 351 (in Wal-Mart), 1117 N Judge Ely Blvd. • 0.7 miles
Rosa’s Café & Tortilla Factory • 1026 N Judge Ely Blvd. • 0.8 miles
Little Panda • 1035 N Judge Ely Blvd. • 0.9 miles
Taco Bueno • 825 N Judge Ely Blvd. • 1 mile
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Restaurant • 1602 State Hwy 351 • 1.1 miles
Dairy Queen • 1626 State Hwy 351 • 1.1 miles
Chick-fil-A • 1750 Texas 351 • 1.4 miles
Chili’s Grill & Bar • 1702 State Hwy 351 • 1.4 miles
Sonic Drive-In • 202 N Judge Ely Blvd. • 1.5 miles
Mi Ranchito • 300 Ambler Ave. • 1.7 miles
Whataburger Restaurant • 893 US Hwy 80 E • 1.9 miles
Heff’s Burgers • 2642 E Lake Rd • 2 miles
Beehive Restaurant • 442 Cedar Street • 3 miles
El Pulgarcito de America • 2502 S 7th Street • 4.9 miles
If your travel to come to Abilene brings you in time to worship with one the local congregations, they would surely appreciate your visit. If you can come to Abilene early, why not attend our Friday-Saturday Worship Leader’s Conference?
For your convenience, this list has been sorted by driving distance from the University Park Apartments.
Hillcrest Church of Christ • 650 E Ambler Ave. (.5 miles) • (325) 673-4565
University Church of Christ • 733 E North 16th St. (.9 miles) • (325) 673-6497
Graham Street Iglesia de Cristo •2158 Graham St. (2.5 miles)
N. 10th & Treadaway Church of Christ • 943 N Treadaway Blvd. (2.2 miles) • (325) 672-7122
Minda Street Church of Christ • 701 Minda St. (2.5 miles) • (325) 676-2151
New Life Church of Christ • 910 Cypress St. (2.6 miles) • (325) 695-2434
Mission Church of Christ • 1100 N 6th St. (3 miles) • (325) 670-9601
Oakland Drive Church of Christ • 2702 Forrest Ave. (3.2 miles) • (325) 672-1337
North 5th & Grape Street • 433 Grape St. (3.5 miles) • (325) 673-0211
Minter Lane Church of Christ • 2502 Minter Ln. (4 miles) • (325) 677-8611
South 12th & Cherry Church of Christ • 1202 Cherry St. (4 miles)
Woodlawn Church of Christ • 3185 N 10th St. (4.2 miles) • (325) 673-6776
South 14th & Chestnut Church of Christ • S 14th & Chestnut Sts. (4.6 miles)
Highland Church of Christ • 425 Highland Ave. (4.6 miles) • (325) 673-5295
South 11th & Willis Church of Christ • 3309 S 11th St. (6.1 miles) • (325) 698-3255
Oldham Lane Church of Christ • 5049 Oldham Ln. (6.4 miles) • (325) 695-0055
Southern Hills Church of Christ • 3364 Buffalo Gap Rd. (6.7 miles) • (325) 692-2670
Westgate Church of Christ • 402 S Pioneer Dr. (8.8 miles) • (325) 692-2300
Baker Heights Church of Christ • 5382 Texas Ave. (10 miles) • (325) 692-6974
“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