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 recording 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: Bedsheets (Twin XL size), 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 TraditionsOur meal tickets with the ACU cafeteria do not begin until Monday morning. 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 outpouring of pure praise is the best way to start our worship together!
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Area CongregationsAs the last session of the Worship Leader’s Conference, we conduct a Sunday morning assembly of worship on the campus in the ACU Chapel. You’re welcome to join us for a time of singing, prayers, a lesson from the Scriptures, and the Lord’s Supper. Worshipping together is a wonderful way of spiritually connecting with each other before the Singing School begins. However, if you prefer to worship with one the local congregations in Abilene, they would surely appreciate your visit. For your convenience, this list has been sorted by driving distance from the University Park Apartments.