A MUSIC education service is encouraging young people to learn an instrument through online lessons during the coronavirus lockdown.

The service run by Brighton and Hove Music and Arts (BHMA) and East Sussex Music normally teaches more than 5,000 pupils each week with instrumental and vocal lessons in schools.

Head of BHMA Peter Chivers said: “Despite not being able to physically teach pupils, we want to continue to support young musicians with practising their skills while they are in isolation with their families at home.

“Playing music has been proven to have a positive impact on mental health and now more than ever, young people are going to need extra help and encouragement to stay motivated.”

The service is urging new pupils to register for its summer term and anyone aged between eight and 18 can participate in vocal lessons, or with an instrument available to them at home. Subsidised fees and bursaries are available for low-income families. For more, go to eastsussexmusic.org or bhma.org.uk.