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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

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