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Bronx Teacher Awarded GRAMMY


HAVE TO TALK TO HER STUDENTS. CBS’S MICHELLE MILLER HAS MORE ON THE INSTRUMENTAL CHANGE SHE IS MAKING. ONE, TWO, READY — Reporter: IN SYNC WITH THE SUNRISE — ♪[ MUSIC ]♪ Reporter: — IT’S NOT YET WITH ONE ANOTHER. [ COMPLETELY OFF KEY ] Reporter: THESE FIFTH GRADERS AT PS 48 IN THE BRONX ARRIVE AN HOUR EARLY FOR BAND PRACTICE. WE GOT TO PUSH MORE AIR IN THE INSTRUMENT. Reporter: INSTRUMENTS IN HAND FOR JUST 4 DAYS. MELISSA SALGUERRO GUIDES THE FIRST TIME MUSICIANS THROUGH EVERY NOTE. WE FIX IT AT THE END, YOU NOTICE? THEY COME IN BEFORE SCHOOL BECAUSE WE HAVE SO MUCH NEED FOR THEM TO BE IN THE CLASSROOM AND HAVE THEM GET THEIR MATH AND ENGLISH. SO BAND IS A BEFORE SCHOOL ACTIVITY. ♪[ MUSIC ]♪ MAKE IT SMOOTH NOW, GUYS, READY? SMOOTH. Reporter: BELIEVE IT OR NOT, PROGRESS COMES QUICKLY HERE. ♪[ MUSIC ]♪ [ ON KEY ] Reporter: THIS IS LAST YEAR’S BAND PERFORMING MUSIC FROM ADELE. ♪[ MUSIC ]♪ [ ON KEY ] Reporter: JUST A FEW MONTHS AFTER GETTING THEIR INSTRUMENTS. AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT’S NOT GOING TO BE CARNEGIE HALL, YOU KNOW, BUT THAT’S — THAT’S NOT WHAT WE WANT. WHAT I WANT IS I WANT THE KIDS TO GET THE EXPERIENCE OF WORKING HARD. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN AN INSTRUMENT WITH A CARROT BEFORE? NO! TEACHING THIS AGE ESPECIALLY, IT HAS TO BE SOMETHING DRAMATIC. IT HAS TO BE SOMETHING THAT’S GOING TO GRAB THEIR ATTENTION. Reporter: MAKING A MUSICAL CARROT OR A KEYBOARD OF BANANAS — [ PLAYING ] Reporter: CAN DO THAT. I NEVER HAD A TEACHER LIKE THIS. SHE IS, LIKE, AMAZING DIFFERENT IN SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS. Reporter: THESE THREE STUDENTS ARE IN THE FIFTH GRADE BAND AND CHORUS. SHE MAKES YOU FEEL SPECIAL. SHE DOESN’T CARE HOW WE SING. SHE MAKES OUR DAY. SHE MAKES YOU FEEL GREAT. Reporter: AND IF YOU HAVE EVER DOUBTED THE POWER OF A GREAT TEACHER . YOU’RE GETTING EMOTIONAL. YES, I AM. Reporter: WATCH LEWIS TALK ABOUT WHAT A BIG DEAL MISS SALGUERRO REALLY IS. EVERY DAY YOU COULD TELL, UM, UM, MEET A PERSON THAT IS SO IMPORTANT IN YOUR LIFE AND THAT WILL TEACH YOU A BUNCH OF THINGS ABOUT LIFE AND STUFF. Reporter: PS 48 HAS ITS CHALLENGES. LOCATED IN ONE OF NEW YORK CITY’S POOREST NEIGHBORHOODS, MOST FAMILIES HERE EARN LESS THAN $25,000 A YEAR AND 22% OF THE SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE HOMELESS. STILL — I FEEL LIKE I WAS BORN TO TEACH AT THIS SCHOOL. ARE YOU A REPORTER? HM. [ PAUSE ] I CAN’T GO ON. CONGRATULATIONS ON THE GRAM HIS AWARD THAT SHE RECEIVED. BUT I BET YOU LISTENING TO THOSE CHILDREN AND SEEING WHAT

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