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 Education Closet, Brianne is a yoga instructor in the Chicagoland area. You can also find Brianne here: https://artsintersection.wordpress.com/

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.   [...]

Navigating the Creative Desert

By | 2017-06-14T09:26:14+00:00 March 10th, 2017|

There are times in life when we, as educators, as artists, and humans, encounter a period that I’ll call, for the sake of adding drama to the subject, the creative desert. I am in the midst of one of [...]

Winter 2017 Conference Preview

By | 2017-01-13T11:59:52+00:00 January 13th, 2017|

Our 2017 Winter Online STEAM and Arts Integration Conference is rapidly approaching! As we are busy behind the scenes getting this event ready to broadcast to you, our registrants in just a few short weeks, we wanted to give [...]

Teaching Growth Mindset in the Classroom

By | 2017-06-06T10:05:37+00:00 December 16th, 2016|

As educators, we know that success in the classroom isn’t merely determined by inborn skills and intelligence. We’ve seen students with the drive and the mindset to grow and improve succeed while others resign themselves to failure, thinking “I’m [...]

Lessons the Arts Teach Us

By | 2016-11-18T07:07:24+00:00 November 18th, 2016|

2016 has been a year of many changes, many challenges, and some difficult circumstances for me. The most recent of these challenges arose a few weeks ago, when I was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia. As I’ve begun road [...]

Line Graph Listening Map Strategy

By | 2016-10-29T11:34:20+00:00 October 7th, 2016|

When I was teaching elementary music, listening maps were one of my favorite ways to actively engage students in the experience of listening to and analyzing a piece of music. There are some great pre-made resources, but why not [...]