Luke Hilland, program coordinator for Riverside Arts Academy, hands out buckets of music supplies for the organization’s online music camp July 6, 2020, as parents drive by Cesar Chavez Community Center in Riverside. (Photo by Leti Bernard, Riverside Arts Academy)

About 125 young people have been participating in Riverside Arts Academy’s summer music camp through the month of July.

In the program, held online this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, music teachers are guiding students in an exploration of music fundamentals such as rhythm, beat, pitch and music notation, according to a news release.

Before the program began, parents drove by Riverside’s Cesar Chavez Community Center to pick up plastic buckets (doubling as drums) containing drum sticks and recorders for students to use during the summer camp.

In addition to music instruction, the online camp has featured visits from people in the community, sharing their experiences with music. Those scheduled to speak included members of the Riverside police and fire departments and the Riverside Philharmonic, according to the news release.

Sponsors of the summer music camp include the Uptown Kiwanis Club of Riverside, Windermere Tower Properties, Dwight Tate, Kathy Wright, Lorrie Stirling and Rich and Amy Cardullo. Home Depot also supported the program, donating  the orange drum buckets.

Riverside Arts Academy is a nonprofit arts-based youth development program that partners with the Riverside and Alvord unified school districts.

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