About Brianne Gidcumb

Brianne is a former music educator from Chicago and current graduate class instructor with EdCloset’s Learning Studios. She earned her Masters degree in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music and has over a decade of experience in the elementary general music classroom. With her experience in the performing arts, Brianne is dedicated to building connections between the arts and Common Core Standards, 21st century learning skills, inquiry and project-based learning. In addition to her work with EducationCloset, Brianne is a yoga instructor in the Chicagoland area. You can also find Brianne here: https://artsintersection.wordpress.com/

SEL and the Arts: Self-Management

By | 2017-11-15T15:04:57+00:00 December 1st, 2017|

For the past couple of months, we have been looking at the connection between social-emotional learning and the arts. Social and emotional learning “enhances students’ capacity to integrate skills, attitudes, and behaviors to deal effectively and ethically with daily [...]

Mapping Pattern: A Trepak Listening Map

By | 2017-11-16T08:51:50+00:00 December 1st, 2017|

  Earlier this year, we explored how listening maps are a visual representation of a piece of music. It's also a great strategy that can help students engage with a piece of music and organize what they hear in graphic form.    There [...]

SEL and the Arts: Developing Self-Awareness

By | 2017-10-27T11:02:14+00:00 November 1st, 2017|

  Last month, we began a series on social-emotional learning and the arts. Social and emotional learning “enhances students’ capacity to integrate skills, attitudes, and behaviors to deal effectively and ethically with daily tasks and challenges” (www.casel.org). It is [...]

Hyperlinked Planning and Instruction

By | 2017-09-26T11:32:16+00:00 October 1st, 2017|

One of my favorite tools for planning and instruction is simple, but effective: the hyperlink. With this tool, we have the ability to create connections to resources, websites, documents, images, and more, and as educators, this gives us a [...]

Integrating Music with Sound Stories

By | 2017-06-29T13:35:46+00:00 July 1st, 2017|

Sound stories were some of my favorite activities for students in my days as an elementary general music teacher. A sound story occurs when children use music and instrumentation to create sound effects to accompany a story. The result [...]

Visual Arts Activities for Mindfulness

By | 2017-06-09T10:24:23+00:00 June 1st, 2017|

Last month, we discussed how you might cultivate mindfulness in visual art practices. This month, let’s dig in one step further and discuss specific visual arts activities you might introduce into your classroom to encourage a mindful environment.   [...]