Furtados name is synonymous with music in India. Established in 1865, Furtados has influenced music making at all levels – be it the import and distribution of leading brands of musical instruments, its retails network of 21 stores across the country. its award winning website www.furtadosonline.com provides support to teachers, musicians and students across genres and geographies. It prides itself as being the first to import musical instruments after the opening up of the Indian economy in the early 1990s and continues to maintain its leadership role in providing musical instruments, accessories and printed music to the music loving community in India.The directors of Furtados play a pivotal role in steering FSM towards its success.
FURTADOS SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Furtados School of Music (FSM) was founded in July, 2011, with a vision to make quality music education accessible to children and individuals, young and old, making the entire learning process fun-filled, joyous and memorable.
In a short span of time FSM has grown not only in number of centers and schools offering its programmes, but also in the number of instruments taught and the faculty to capably support it. We are driven and motivated by our conviction of the immense merits of music learning having a powerful impact on the all-round development of our students, paving the way for their bright and successful future.
Music is a powerful message, one that inspires all to pursue their dreams and be an effectual anchor on days when they need more support. FSM in its small way seeks to make this a reality.
Today, FSM spans 45 points of presence across schools and centres, imparting music education to over 25,000 students. The diverse ages of our students as young as 4 years old to septuagenarians are testimony to the ability, dedication and passion of our teachers. Our educators and instructors, the beating heart of FSM, are a diverse mix of experienced youth from across India and the globe. They are highly motivated and passionate about teaching. Apart from being qualified musicians, they are extensively trained to impart an enjoyable and exhilarating musical experience on a consistent basis.
The roster of instruments and programmes are constantly expanding and currently extend to Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Guitar, Drums, Violin and Vocal. Special emphasis is also given to Music Theory and Musical knowledge to ensure the comprehensive development of a student and eventual musician.
Integral to FSM’s success has been its uncompromising philosophy of a world-class curriculum. Courses and programmes have been specifically designed by leading educators from across the world. Emphasis has been given to include modern and effective methods of teaching using the latest techniques and technologies but not forgetting the important and essential elements of traditional music learning.
FSM is committed to playing a positive role in society and actively works with schools, NGOs, local community partners and artistes in support of various initiatives to make music available to all.
CEO’s & FOUNDER’s
FSM is led by its co-founders Tanuja Gomes and Dharini Upadhyaya who both come with a collective experience of over 28 years in Banking and Finance. Their love for music and imparting education extracted them from their leadership roles at two of India’s leading International banks. With a dedicated and like mindedly passionate team they aim to build it into a leading and world class organisation geared towards meeting the aims of FSM’s vision.
Meet Tanuja, a business leader, enthusiast and innovator with 16 years of banking experience behind her. An MBA from the prestigious NMIMS, her professional experience includes leadership positions with blue-chip companies such as HSBC, Standard Charted and Barclays. She started FSM to fill the void in structured music education, in India, and spread the joy of music across thousands of children, and individuals, young and old. Her vision for FSM earned her Goldman Sachs’ Woman Entrepreneurship Award, run by ISB, Hyderabad. Tanuja constantly seeks challenges, whether it’s scaling different mountains such as Everest Base camp or achieving new heights in her career.
Finance wiz and music lover, Dharini has successfully combined her strengths to become an entrepreneur with a difference. An Arts graduate and MBA from Pune University, she has over 12 years of banking experience behind her. Starting as a Management Trainee her dedication, ability and hard work established her as Head of Investment & Premier Banking at Barclays Bank, after stints at ICICI Bank and DBS. Her passion to “create” extracted her from the comfort of a very successful corporate life to join hands with her colleague and build their legacy. She aims at instituting music schools across the country which will stand for quality and consistency and rich curriculum where children will inherit a lifetime of joy by learning music.