Furtados School of Music Touches Lives of 75,000 in Past Decade
A music school in Mumbai has positively affected 75,000 students in the last ten years, including 20,000 of them online during the lockdown.
Gomes, the co-founder and co-CEO of the Furtados School of Music (FSM) said, “Our passion is to ensure we make music learning accessible to as many students as possible, help the talented reach greater heights and enable performance opportunities for learners as eventually like other arts subjects, it needs to be expressed.”
Furtados has a legacy of 154 years. It is an iconic brand in the musical instruments’ retail space, with “relationships with accomplished music educators, artists and the entire community not only in India but across the world.”
FSM is also associate partners with Berklee College of Music, Boston, which is one of the most respected music colleges in contemporary music.
FSM has partnered with 143 schools and 15 centres across India to train over 75,000 students. “Post COVID, with a lot of agility, we have pivoted towards online music education and in the last eight weeks have taught over 20,000 students online,” she said.
The school offers training in voice, piano, keyboard, guitar, drums and percussion instruments.
Gomes said that in the absence of instruments, the school has tried virtual instruments. Once the students have a clear understanding of the basics, virtual instruments can help with practice. However, they cannot replace actual instruments.
The company is also moving towards online arts education with the launch of its FSM Buddy platform.
“This will enable learners to avail live classes with some of the best arts educators in our country and learn from the comforts of their home,” Gomes said. “These are not video lessons but live teachers who will guide and teach. Our offering will be across various categories, Music, Speech and Drama, Arts, Life skills.
“We are confident these will hugely benefit our young learners especially in the current times.”