The Vuk School of Groove has been for me the best new addition to East Cambridge since I moved here in 2004. It is conveniently located on Cambridge Street, across the street from the King Open public elementary school, making it especially easy for parents like me to enroll our children in afternoon or early evening music lessons. And there are plenty of cafes and restaurants nearby to grab a bite before or after your lesson.
The instructors at the school are all excellent musicians who live to teach their craft to students. They will take all comers, and despite my obvious lack of talent they have been consistently enthusiastic, supportive and helpful as I try to learn percussion, both hand drums and drum set, and beef up my classical guitar skills. They taught my daughter how to play the flute and my son will soon be a far better drummer than I am.
My favorite innovation at the school is the ""ensemble"" concept, which allows amateurs like me to play in a student band lead by an instructor and put on performances for our friends and family in local venues. This is both tremendously rewarding and endlessly entertaining and undoubtedly extremely helpful in teaching us how to perform music for an audience.
My only complaint is the infrastructure. The space and the instruments are so popular that it is difficult to keep them in top notch shape. The best cure for that however is to run, don't walk, and sign up for lessons so that the school can afford the upkeep. Your first lesson is free, so it costs you nothing to try it out for yourself.
The Vuk School of Groove is a true gem in our city, teaching music to all who want to learn, and doing so in the most generous and welcoming way possible. Even if you have no interest in learning how to make music you should support this establishment because it is making the world a better place, one happy amateur musician at a time!