A PASSIONATE music teacher from Hartlebury has transformed his living room into mini TV studio to film virtual classes for children.

Steve Carrigan, who also runs Load Street Studios in Bewdley, will be teaching kids about music on Youtube whilst his ventures are put on hold due to the lockdown.

The 42-year-old set up recording equipment from the studio and a green screen in his home and has enlisted his young son Adam as cameraman for the online lessons.

Mr Carrigan normally teaches music to children in schools across the Wyre Forest and also provides a private tuition service.

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He said: "It's just something I have set up myself. On weekdays I'm normally teaching anywhere between 11 and 13 hours.

"I run Load Street studios in Bewdley and record at the weekends.

"The schools closed and I lost a lot of my income through that. Then came the advice that we have to stay at home.

"We couldn't continue our lessons at the studio. I had to take the heart-wrenching decision to close the business for the moment.

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"Teaching is my passion. I know my business will come back but I need to try to keep my mind active.

"I'm down to about 10 per cent of my normal income at the moment. That is a worry and a big concern, but it won't last forever.

"I'm trying to keep my spirits up and give kids some home entertainment. I've got the time on my hands."

Mr Carrigan says the lessons are similar to the ones he teaches in schools.

He added: "I will be showing children rhythm exercises and in one lesson show them how to make a shaker.

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"It's had a great response so far. In the last 24 hours we have had a lot of subscribers.

"That's been very encouraging."

People can watch Mr Carrigan's Music at Home sessions at www.youtube.com/channel/UC9umtpw5Fo2nTq4nljwBk1A