Given that the pandemic has left us homebound and put restrictions on social contact, this is the time for a digital and virtual revolution which will reinvent India 2.0. Online learning is going to be the new normal, giving the parents a chance to be more involved with their kid’s education and ensure overall development from the grass root level. Keeping this thought in mind, Furtados School of Music has launched their all-inclusive right brain stimulating online learning platform, called FSMBuddy, which is aimed at providing interactive learning courses across the fields of arts, drama, language and music.
While there are multiple platforms concentrating on left brain stimulation, there is no such platform available for more creative activities. Understanding the need state for such an offering, FSM expanded their expertise of music to include art, speech, drama and dance as well. The idea was also fuelled by understanding that social distancing is likely to continue and children will require fun and interactive ways of spending their time given that playgrounds and outdoor sports will be restricted.
It would be the first time for online learning platforms to have something like FSMBuddy which organises live, virtual classes, instead of offering pre-recorded classes, for all its students. The classes are designed in a way to follow a pre-decided timeline for all their courses. To make it even better for the student to learn at his speed and remember, FSMBuddy makes the classes available for the student’s for up to almost 2 weeks post their scheduled class.
Dharini Upadhyaya, CO Founder and CO-CEO of Furtados School of Music, said, “When children are small, their right brain is actually more active than the left, however once a child enters school, the curriculum is focused on sharpening the left brain, due to which the right brain slows down over time. By the age of 25, the right brain function actually reduces. It is essential to stimulate the child’s right brain in the first 15 years of their life to ensure synergy between the two sides and thus significantly enlarging the whole brain capacity.”
Tanuja Gomes, , CO Founder and CO-CEO of Furtados School of Music, said, “Every teacher is carefully selected to ensure a great learning experience for students. The aim is to provide quality education to the students abroad whose roots are still in India, bringing the world closer together. This initiative is in line with our honourable prime ministers vision of being self reliant, taking local to global. The platform will also routinely host short term master classes with as well accomplished musicians.”
FSMBuddy has received great testimonials from music industry experts like ace drummer Darshan Doshi, classical musicians, percussionist and composer Taufiq Qureshi, veteran actor Farida Venkat, Mr. Chintoo Bhosle to name a few, talking about the need state of having such a platform and how these opportunities can lend a hand in shaping the future of our kids.