RHYTHM — an acronym for “Reaching Halifax Youth Through Harmony and Music” — is a unique program for youth aged 16-25. Participants work with professional DJs to learn the skills involved in disc jockeying — building self-confidence, self-esteem and a positive self-image at the same time.

Both Level 1 and Level 2 RHYTHM are offered, each 16 hours in total. Level 1 provides participants with the basic skills in turntablism, enriched through discussions about music, DJ-ing and technology. Level 2 expands on the basics through developing more challenging skills such a beat-matching, mixing and scratching. Both levels also feature guest speakers, field trips and supplementary workshops to provide networking opportunities and allow participants to expand on their skills, as well as learn about career opportunities after the program.

This program provides:

  • Employability and life skills that will result in improved self-awareness, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Reinforcement of skills through the development of professional and personal growth
  • Identification of strengths and addressing barriers
  • A supportive environment to develop life, employability and occupational skills to become more integrated and have a greater respect for the community as a whole

…all while having fun!

Upon completion of each level of the program, participants will be awarded a certificate and a $50 gift card to put toward acquiring DJ/music gear so they can continue developing DJ skills on their own. For graduates interested in further study, we can assist them in finding an appropriate DJ to shadow and/or other educational opportunities.

Making Headlines

DJs help youth turn the tables on shyness - The Globe and Mail, Melanie Patten (The Canadian Press)

 Here, professional disc jockeys show young people how to turn the table on shyness and low self-esteem as part of an innovative weekly class… You never know – you could have the next protégé here that could become the next big thing.

Read an interview with RHYTHM participant DJ Ace in Teens Now Talk magazine: DJ Ace: Spinning His Way To The Top

What People are saying about RHYTHM

RHYTHM is a great program for youth with disabilities to get into the music industry, to learn how to properly use DJ equipment, and to meet lifelong friends. There is a lot of support available, and it is easy to speak with the instructors confidentially without facing judgement.  This is a great program for youth who are dealing with addictions, like myself, as it is a way to have fun and stay out of trouble. In the program, you can learn so much about yourself, about other people, and about the world.  The facilitator and the DJ were able to make the classes both fun and educational, and helped me to learn new methods to deal with conflict in my life. My confidence and self-esteem have improved greatly since taking the RHYTHM program. – R.B. (RHYTHM Participant 2013)

The RHYTHM program has helped me in many different ways. I have had lots of history in my life and its great knowing that there is a program that can help you manage your stress and just enjoy what you love to do. I would recommend this program to whoever wants to follow their musical dreams. Someone who enjoys mixing and playing with music, and who wants to understand the history of music and deejaying would be a great fit for RHYTHM. – B.S. (RHYTHM Participant 2014)



How Do I Get Involved?

If an individual is already associated with a case management agency, then they can speak directly to their case manager about referral to RHYTHM.

If an individual is not already case managed, but wishes to participate in a particular program, they can contact reachAbility anytime for contact numbers for a case management agencies or questions regarding the referral process.

For more information about RHYTHM, please contact Lindsay@reachability.org or call us at (902) 429-5878.

Specific accommodation(s) available upon request.

Application form

You have two options to fill out the referral form. You can either fill it out online, or download it to e-mail or fax it back to us. If you choose to download, please right click on “WORD,” and click on “Save As.”

Fill out the referral form online here: [ONLINE FORM]

Download the referral form here: [WORD]