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.
Originally developed as a pilot project in 2011, SMARTS Beats centers on four goals:
- Promote academic learning through unconventional/alternative techniques.
- Increase musical knowledge, understanding, and appreciation.
- Foster a sense of teamwork and community.
- Develop students’ sense of pride, confidence and satisfaction.