David Story

David Story

I came to Leon for some help exploring European Classical music.

I was a professional jazz musician ready for a career change. And change I got. Leon convinced me to up my ambitions and attempt Grade 10 and my ARCT. Four years later, 5,000 hours of practice and study, success: First Class Honours in both my grade 10 and ARCT. I was the 2006 recipient of the Adelmo Melecci Scholarship, the Gordon Hallett Scholarship from the Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto and a Hamilton ORMTA Scholarship for my ARCT. I got local, provincial, and national scholarships.

It was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. It was fantastic! It was my ticket out of the jazz music business into full-time work as a piano teacher, adjudicator, writer, composer, and examiner.

I was very happy to work with under Leon’s guidance. His patience with me, concern, and skill in directing me to my goals, and around more than one shoal helped me to an achievement I never thought possible.

Thank you Leon,

David Story, B.M., ARCT, RMT