The SMARTS Beats is a SMARTS Rhythms program that is an outgrowth from a SMARTS pilot project in 2011. SMARTS Beats is a percussion-based learning program for PK-12 (and up to the age of 21) students with developmental and behavioral challenges. SMARTS Beats uses hand drums and other percussion instruments to engage students by promoting academic learning, increasing musical knowledge, fostering a sense of community, and developing pride, confidence and satisfaction.

SMARTS Beats Four Goals are as follows:

1) Promote academic learning through unconventional/alternative techniques.

2) Increase musical knowledge, understanding, and appreciation.

3) Foster a sense of teamwork and community.

4) Develop students’ sense of pride, confidence and satisfaction.