Don Bosse, a music teacher at Fredericton High School in New Brunswick, Canada, has been awarded the 2016 Teacher of the Year award by MusiCounts — a music education organization dedicated to making certain that Canadian children have access to a music program through their school or community.
Last week in Toronto, Bosse was surprised with the award by members of prog-rock trio (and seller of over 40 million records worldwide), Rush.
In a recent interview, Rush frontman Geddy Lee talked about how music played a very important role in his upbringing:
"It was one of the first things I found that I was really good at doing ... I was kind of a medium kid in every other aspect. I was kind of medium at school, nothing grabbed me in terms of education besides maybe English and history ... but music was the first thing I found that I was good at picking up and expressing myself with."
After presenting Bosse with the award, Lee described the significance of the MusiCounts honor:
"I think it's a really important award. People that toil away on a daily basis trying to inspire kids to follow their dream, I think that's a really important job."
Lee also mentioned that his music educational experience growing up was quite different than the one that Bosse provides:
"Learning in school in that time was very rigid and very classical-oriented and you didn't have the kind of creativity that people like Don are bringing into the classroom ... I find that's what's so cool, when you go to some of these more contemporary and forward-thinking teachers, they're the ones that make a difference."
Read the entire piece on the CBC News website.