The History of Jenca
Martyn Cast started providing guitar tuition back in 1994. He used to be in a band with fellow friends and players, but after many requests for lessons made to him from fans and members of the public, he decided to start providing tuition to all levels.
He started out visiting just a few pupils houses in his spare time and teaching in 30 minutes to 1 hour sessions. These sessions turned up well and Martyn took on more and more pupils, eventually swapping to full-time tuition in the late nineties.
Originally, Martyn was teaching pupils from a studio apartment in Rouge Bouillon and was there for 4 years where he would teach a number of students a day, 7 days a week. He took on amateur players and beginners and moulded them into quality players with his skills with the guitar, and his in-depth knowledge and understanding of music.
Martyn expanded the business by moving out of the studio apartment in 2008 and into the Parade Arcade in St Helier. This provided a much bigger area to work in, and it also led to more opportunities for the business to grow, most notably by introducing Martyn’s wife Nicola Cast as piano teacher.
In early 2011 Martyn and Nicola made the move to larger facilities out of town which has enabled them to transform Jenca into a fully-fledged music school offering guitar, piano, bass guitar, drums and vocal tuition.
Overall the business continues to expand, showing that the numbers of students Martyn is taking on proves the consistent quality of his teaching and well-regarded reputation.
Not only does Martyn provide quality teaching, morphing amateurs to pros (if the students work hard) but he is also a very friendly and positive person, a guy that works hard, loves the job he is in and is a smart entrepreneur.
Why Teach Music?
Music is a Science
It is exact, specific; it demands exact acoustics. A conductor’s full score is a chart, a graph which indicates frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody and harmony all at once and with the most exact control of time.
Music is Mathematical
It is rhythmically based on the subdivision of time into fractions which must be done instantaneously, not worked out on paper.
Music is a Foreign Language
Most of the terms are in Italian, German or French; and the notation is certainly not English – but a highly developed kind of shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas. The semantics of music is the most complete and universal language. Also, many songs we study come from other cultures.
Music is Physical Education
It requires fantastic coordination of fingers, hands, arms, lip, cheek, and facial muscles, in addition to extraordinary control of the diaphragmatic, back, stomach and chest muscles, which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.
Most of all, Music is Art
It allows a human being to take all these dry, technically boring (but difficult) techniques and use them to create emotion. That is one thing that science cannot duplicate: humanism, feeling, emotion.
Why Learn Music?
There are many benefits to musical education.
With school funding shortages leading to cost-saving measures being made across the board, music education programmes may fall by the wayside. However, because music learning passes on so many benefits to the developing mind, these programmes are far too valuable to lose
Benefits to the Brain and General Learning Skills
Learning an instrument requires active engagement and discipline, resulting in far-reaching benefits to the brain which may include:
- Improved reading skills
- A better vocabulary
- Stronger neural activation in their native language
90% of pre-school children studied showed increased verbal intelligence after 20 days of musical training
Other verbal benefits observed included:
- Increased ability to incorporate the sound patterns of a new language into words – especially helpful for students where English is a second language
- Better and more focussed listening skills, including the ability to pick out the most important auditory signals
- Better auditory memory and attention
Superior working and long-term memory
Better preparation for learning maths and abstract thinking skills:
- Music strengthens the same parts of the brain that are used for complex maths skills
- One study found that students who received formalised music training significantly outperformed their peers in basic algebra
Enhanced Fine Motor Skills
- Musical training develops the part of the brain that is associated with sensory and motor function
- May enable students to better write, use a computer, and interact with their learning environment
BIMM London is part of the BIMM Group – the UK and Ireland’s largest and leading contemporary music college. We offer a full range of Higher and Further Education music courses including degrees and diplomas in a number of different disciplines, such as guitar, bass,drums, vocals, songwriting, music production and music business.
We first opened our doors back in 1983 under the name ‘Tech Music School London’, and over the years have worked hard to deliver professional, real-world training in the heart of the world’s music capital.
In 2010, ‘Tech Music School London’ was acquired by the BIMM Group, who already had modern music institutes in Brighton (2001) and Bristol (2008), and went on to open further centres in Dublin (2011) and Manchester (2013). In 2014, ‘Tech Music School London’ was officially renamed ‘BIMM London’.
The five BIMM institutes collaborate in perfect harmony, but at the same time, each individual music college has its own unique, independent regional identity which we continue to nurture.
Our students love BIMM London because it operates right at the centre of the global music scene, giving them direct access to the most happening music venues, the coolest record labels, the most groundbreaking festivals, and the most iconic music brands in the world.
The BIMM London campus is in Effie Road, Fulham, South West London, housed in a five-storey building with state-of-the-art facilities, including recording studios, mac labs, post-production suites, rehearsal studios, lecture rooms, mixing rooms, performance spaces and teaching rooms. Our high-tech equipment and software is provided by the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers who actively support and endorse us. Find out more.
Our BIMM London tutors are all very active in the London music scene, and between them have headlined festivals, contributed to Hollywood movie soundtracks, been coaches on TV talent shows, and performed in front of global dignitaries. Put simply, they’re really well connected and eager to pass their knowledge, experience and guidance onto you.
Rockschool is Europe’s No. 1 rock music exam board, offering rock musicians the opportunity to get the same qualifications that classical musicians can get. All their graded music exams have original set repertoire, encourage improvisation and have an element of free choice so students can play the music they love AND get a qualification. They are committed to making music examinations and qualifications practical, flexible and fun.
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