MANY extra-curricular activities for schoolchildren have been axed in recent years as budgets are slashed to the bone.

When it was announced earlier this year that East Sussex Music Service was facing the axe, it seemed inevitable that yet another valuable resource was going to disappear into the ether.

When you consider that many adult musicians have benefited from the kind of patronage provided by the likes of the East Sussex Music Service, it seemed yet another example of financial prudence taking precedence over the arts.

There appeared no way back but both teachers and parents have voiced their delight at the news it has been saved.

The service caters for more than 3,000 youngsters, providing small groups, whole class and individual instrument tuition as well as bringing together orchestras and choirs.

The impact of its loss on the community it serves would have been absolutely huge, but fortunately common sense has prevailed and that must be applauded.

Music plays a huge role in youngsters’ development whether it be by listening to it or indeed playing an instrument or singing.

A lifelong love of music forged in your formative years is a wonderful thing which needs to be actively encouraged.

Whether it be classical or rock, music is enthralling and educational in equal measure.

As Jack Black, playing temporary teacher Dewey Finn, said in the film School of Rock: “For those about to rock, we salute you”.