All that Jazz
Winner of the Special Prize for Educational Media Encouraging Active Ageing
This course for senior citizens, entitled ‘All that Jazz: A journey through the history of jazz. From its origins to the new trends’, is a 25-hour course which was created in 2011 by Fundación Universidad Carlos III in Spain.
The aim of this lifelong learning course is to document and analyse the evolution of the different jazz styles in relation to the various social, political and cultural movements of the time through original recordings, film footage and live demonstrations.
The showcase video of All that Jazz including an interview with Raúl Jiménez
The course is taught in 10 sessions of 2.3 hours in which multiple media were used extensively: video, audio, face to face classes, presentations, DVD, as well as a class blog.
58 students with an average age of 63 (but ranging between 37 and 76 years old) attended this course, and for some of them it was the first experience with using the Internet and the various types of media.
About the creation of All that Jazz
Prof. Raúl Jiménez on the background of this entry: “The course was designed to discover the different styles of ‘the music that revolutionised the world’: jazz. Through the use of a blog, mp3 files, videos and presentations, as well as by attending concerts, the students explored the history of jazz from the very beginning to recent trends: early ragtime, blues, sample, post-bop, Dixieland, swing, bebop, free and fusion.
As a teacher you have to choose the right media, but most importantly you have to have a good tale. As seniors are very interested in history, I connected the entire course to important historical events in the past century: the two World Wars, social and technological changes, … using jazz as a metaphor to talk about certain problems.
The course was given on a small campus in the mountains of Madrid, where there is not a lot on offer although it is important to provide a programme for senior citizens as they are eager and willing to learn. Some of my students were over 70, had never even listened to jazz, but it was also their first experience in a course where they must use the Internet, mp3 files, videos, … In the beginning they were like kids but after 5 or 6 weeks they demanded even more content, they were so eager to learn and to receive!
As I was the only professor giving this course and going to all of the different activities (the concerts, ...) with the students, a lot of time went into the course preparation and organisation, but I was lucky to receive support from my university and my colleague Bárbara Elola-Olaso, who is the course co-ordinator. As the course has been evaluated by students with a highly satisfactory response, I am now making a new course for the next year with the same students and the same approach (talking about history, social change, artistic drama and using mp3 files, videos, the blog, …) but focussing on Latin music.”
About Raúl Jiménez
Raúl Jiménez, who is the author and lecturer of this course, is Professor at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, author of dozens of peer-reviewed papers on applied mathematics, blogger of various topics, and composer of several orchestral works, chamber music and jazz.
Prof. Jiménez represented this finalist entry at the MEDEA Awards 2012 Ceremony and the Media & Learning Conference 2012 Brussels on 14-15 November 2012, where All that Jazz was announced the winner of the Special Prize for Educational Media Encouraging Active Ageing, set up to coincide with the European Year of Active Aging and Solidarity between Generations. He received an Acer Tablet as well as a Camtasia & Snagit software bundle.