concerts throughout the year.
The choir in this study is the senior high honors ensemble at a community music school
that serves as the preparatory division of a college of music. Each year, the approximately 45
singers are selected by competitive audition from a geographical area of 1 hour’s driving
distance from the college. Rehearsals are weekly for 3 hours on Saturday mornings. Most
students come from suburban public schools and many come from private schools. Some are
home schooled. Most come with extensive choral experience, and most play musical
instruments. The majority of students study voice privately and participate in their school
choirs. Others also play in their school band and orchestra. Most students are Caucasian. There
are two African American students and three Asian-American students. Several students are of
Indian descent and two are Latino. One is from South America. Two students are alumnae of a
boychoir where they toured internationally and sang with major orchestras. Most students
audition for regional and all-state choirs and as a result, rehearsals are often cancelled during
regional and all-state choir weekends as so many of the students are selected to participate.
With few exceptions, the students are affluent and have no difficulty paying the annual tuition
for membership. Without exception, all students have cell phones, most have MP3 players, and
many have laptop computers that they bring to school each day.
Including Reciprocal Teaching
During the period of study, each of us, acting as the conductor of the orchestra and chorus
respectively, infused summarizing, clarifying, predicting, questioning, and connecting strategies
into the ensemble rehearsals through conversations and other activities. The choir was preparing
a performance of Three Russian Folksongs by Sergei Rachmaninoff for a performance with a