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As Bad as They Say?Three Decades of Teaching in the Bronx$
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Janet Grossbach Mayer

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823234165

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823234165.001.0001

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Pedro—The Piano Player

Pedro—The Piano Player

(p.97) 12 Pedro—The Piano Player
As Bad as They Say?

Janet Grossbach Mayer

Fordham University Press

On graduating, students who participated in the Rewarding Success Program all said that they would remember the performances for the rest of their lives. By the time Pedro entered Carter High School, not only had the Camelot years ended, but there were no students left who even remembered those grand old days. Carter High School was one of the oldest city high schools but lo and behold, in a closet housing worn and torn discarded social studies textbooks that had been thrown all over the filthy floors, was a broken-down spinet piano — untuned, of course, limping on a broken leg, and abandoned many years earlier. So began Pedro's ten minutes of piano playing every day. Pedro's living room wall remained bare for the rest of the term but he was transferred to the Manhattan School of Music where his talent was recognized and nurtured.

Keywords:   Rewarding Success Program, Pedro, Carter High School, high schools, piano, Manhattan School of Music

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