It’s best thought of as a love story
Boy meets girl and falls head over heels. Boy marries girl, and a new story begins.
It was mid-April when we knew, and it didn’t quite feel like the right timing. We were barely surviving on a touring musician’s salary, and were gearing up for another set of gigs across the country.
We didn’t have health insurance, so the only hospital that would take us was 40 miles away.
When considering the cost of what was ahead, we knew we didn’t have it. So, it must have been an angel that sent us to the door of a retired childcare CEO weeks later.
When my daughter was born, I felt a nervous excitement, the kind of shaky, uncertain thrill that comes at you when you step onto the stage. You know what you need to do, but you really don’t have any idea of how people are going to take it, or if they’re just going to stand up and walk out on you.
Once you play that first note however, and you let your eyes wander out beyond the front row, you know that it’s time, and everything is suddenly different.
As I saw my daughter for the first time, I played that first note, and the world changed. I had received a gift, and it was now my responsibility to take care of what I’d been given .
Rock and Roll Daycare began as a gift to my daughter, and now my three sons. I can’t help but wake up each day knowing that today is a new opportunity to nurture that gift.
People often ask what Rock and Roll Daycare is. And while we are a music based Montessori school for infants, toddlers, and preschool, my favorite answer is: Rock and Roll Daycare is a love story to my children.
As a young organization, this is core to our dream of establishing childcare centers and orphanages throughout the world. Through our sister company Fiddlefox, we are working to provide orphaned children around the world with our custom music curriculum and academic trainings.
We currently support the following children’s organization. Someday, we hope to provide safe homes and good education to thousands of orphans throughout the world:
Rancho Los Amigos children’s home in Juarez, Mexico, home to 35 beautiful children. (www.streamsofmercy.org/ranchos)
House of Hope in Kolkata, India, a place of refuge to children living on the streets. (www.streamsofmercy.org/hope)
More Than Conqueror’s School in El Crucero, Nicaragua, a free private school for low income children ranked 3rd Best School in the Country. (www.newhopechildrensfoundation.org)
about christopher vuk
Mr. Vuk received his B.M. Suma Cum Laude on scholarship from Berklee College of Music. He is also an alumnus of the University of Northern Iowa and Longy School of Music. His former experience is inclusive of various fields, however, all connected to the the world of music and education. He is trained in Infant/Toddler Montessori. Currently, Christopher is the CEO of the Rock and Roll Daycare.
Prior to Rock and Roll, Christopher founded contemporary music school, School of Groove, in the heart of Cambridge, whose philosophy was centered around giving its students and musicians opportunities to form bands and perform in front of live audiences on the stages of popular jazz and rock clubs in Boston. While running the music school, Christopher created the Boston Music Festival and Cambridge Arts Festivals which gathered over 100 bands together to give them a platform to share their music and talent with the people of Boston.
For the last ten years Christopher has served as the Music Director of the Boston String Quartet. Several signature projects of the Quartet include the Xibus World Orchestra, which combined music and education, inspiring over ten thousand middle and high school musicians across the country to push the envelope of traditional orchestra repertoire, introducing them to the genres of world fusion, jazz, Latin, rock, and Celtic music.
Within last couple of years Christopher has been honored to have been invited to participate in the Goldman Sachs and Babson College 10,000 Small Businesses Program, which brings together some of America’s leading young entrepreneurs to both learn from them and share common experiences and knowledge.
Christopher is the recipient of the Certificate of Congregational Commendation, has lectured at the Berklee College of Music numerous times, and has been a panelist at several of Boston’s leading institutions, such as Babson College, Lesley University, and Wheelock College.