After establishing itself as a one-stop destination for all kinds of music gear, Furtados Music has now gone a step further. The music house boasts of three recently-opened schools across the city, where children and adults can learn to master the piano, guitar and drums.
“It is a dream that we have nurtured, and we are happy to be able to actually realise it,” says Dharini Upadhyaya, co-CEO, Furtados School of Music (FSM). Founded in 1865, Furtados Music acquired a reputation for holding music workshops for learners, apart from just hawking equipment.
Currently, FSM has branches at Napean Sea Road, Bandra and Juhu. “We will be starting a branch in Andheri in a few months,” informs Upadhyaya, adding, “Plans are also on for a branch in Pune as it is a very musically vibrant city.”
The school has introduced the Kodaly method of teaching piano for kids, where children are first introduced to music by listening to songs, singing and performing rhythmic movements such as clapping and marching. The concepts are also emphasised with the help of games and exercises.
“The biggest challenge in music education is to maintain an element of continuity. Our fun-and-learn programme makes sure that children enjoy the class and look forward to the next one,” says Upadhyaya.
A special ‘Parent Toddler Music’ learning programme offers mothers and fathers a chance to bond with their child through music. The school has also receiving a huge response from middle-aged people and senior citizens. “In fact, our first student at the Napean Sea branch was a 65-year-old lady,” Upadhyaya reveals.