Published: 30th March 2020
COVID-19 quarantine keeping your kids at home? Online music lessons could bring you some rhythmic calm
Furtados has also started introductory courses and voice lessons for those who don't have instruments at home
With COVID-19 leaving at least 8 lakh children at home, parents have suddenly found themselves in a tricky situation. A lot of parents, especially those who work from home have been wondering how to keep their children occupied all day, as they cannot be sent out to play or anywhere else for that matter.
Dharini Upadhyaya, CEO and Co-founder of the Furtados School of Music believes that this would be the perfect time for kids to start learning an instrument online. The video lessons are available on Furtados' Zoom platform, both one-to-one and one-to-many. Students can choose their course based on the access they have. All they need to have is a laptop and internet connection, and they can fix a time slot.
Dharini Upadhyaya, CEO, Furtados School of Music
In order to address the current situation, Furtados has started with introductory courses and voice lessons for those who don't have instruments at home. But for those who do, they also offer instrument lessons. "It is a good productive engagement for the child at least for a few hours, and they end up feeling more calm and refreshed," says Dharini. She adds, "Learning music is always a good idea. Not only is it fun, but it also helps in brain development and relaxes the mind."
Furtados School of Music, started in 2011, offers music education as part of the school curriculum. It is a structured learning programme that is put together for students. "We have our own learning centres where students come after school hours to pursue their interests further. We have different propositions right from pre school to high school. Schools outsource their music education programme to Furtados. We have reached about 200 schools now," says Dharini.