Every morning at The Singing School we are led in our chapel worship by our talented staff. It is in this setting that we are introduced to new songs and the instructors model various aspects of song leading to the students. Since 1989, we have had these assemblies in The Chapel on the Hill, a beautiful room that was designed with a cappella singing in mind. It has been said that The Chapel on the Hill is as close to acoustically perfect as one will find outside of a laboratory.
From the seventy-or-so songs we sing Monday-Thursday, students vote on their favorite two of each day. Thursday we take all the results, tally them, and produce The Top Ten for that year, the favorite songs of The Singing School.
Below you will see every Top Ten list we could find. It might serve the beginning of a discussion on the transitional nature of church music, but also the enduring qualities of some great songs.
Singing School 2018 Top Ten
Singing School 2017 Top Ten
Singing School 2016 Top Ten
Singing School 2015 Top Ten
Singing School 2014 Top Ten
Singing School 2013 Top Ten
Singing School 2012 Top Ten
Singing School 2011 Top Ten
Singing School 2010 Top Ten
Singing School 2009 Top Ten
Singing School 2008 Top Ten
Singing School 2007 Top Ten
Singing School 2006 Top Ten
Singing School 2005 Top Ten
Singing School 2004 Top Ten
Singing School 2003 Top Ten
Singing School 2002 Top Ten
Singing School 2001 Top Ten
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.
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“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