Bret Amundson M.A.
What is your field of expertise, and what makes you interested in this field?
My fields of expertise are Choral Music, Conducting, and Music Education. I believe choral music can act as a metaphor for life. Through this medium, students are engaged in activities that promote and develop respect, responsibility, creativity, confidence, self-esteem and teamwork.
Can you briefly introduce the academic program (or department) you are in to our prospective students?
The CSS Music Department strives to serve students of all levels of interest and skill by enabling them to experience and express themselves through music. The students and faculty of the music department are a close-knit family who utilize the process of music making to learn and grow as individuals.
What distinguishes St. Scholastica's music program from other colleges and universities?
Something that distinguishes the CSS Music Department from other good colleges is it's ability to provide individualized instruction and guidance for each of its majors. The small class sizes allow students to ask questions, discuss, and wrestle with difficult musical concepts (especially in music theory!).
What do you like best about St. Scholastica?
I love the community at St. Scholastica. Students, faculty, staff, and administration all work together to create an environment that encourages learning, creativity, and the development of a well-rounded person. The size of the student population at CSS allows me to get to know my students as musicians and as people, which positively affects both my ability to teach and the students' ability to learn.
What's your advice for prospective students?
I encouraged prospective students to broaden their perspectives, try new things, ask new questions, make new friends, think new thoughts and find things out about themselves they may not know!