Today, we speak with Luke Altman, a sophomore classical performance major from Westfield, N.J. (Union County) who lives on campus in 230 Victoria Street. Luke will share his #PROFspective with us on what it’s like to be a Rowan University student and how he gets the most out of his college experience as a Rowan Prof.
Share an “a ha!” moment you’ve had within your major that made you feel passionate about your intended field.
My first master class was really inspiring. I got to watch all the guitar majors perform and I got to see how talented a lot of the students were. It definitely motivates me to become better and practice more everyday when I see the upperclassmen play very demanding pieces.
Describe for us an experience you’ve shared with a professor in which you felt like you were working with a visionary in your field.
Professor Joseph Mayes was once discussing a practice routine with me and I saw how diligent his work ethic was when preparing a piece. After that lesson, I knew that he really was a master at his craft and I am very happy to be studying under him.
Describe for us an on-campus experience (academic or non-academic) in which you felt that your future goals are supported.
At an open mic night in my freshman year, I performed a few songs and when I was done a reporter came up to me and asked if he could interview me for a piece he was doing in the student newspaper, The Whit. I came to that open mic to get some exposure and meet some musicians, but I was not expecting to be interviewed and featured in the Rowan paper. It felt great and I was really proud of my performance that night.
What’s your favorite thing about your typical Monday at Rowan?
My favorite thing about Monday is coming home and working on my electric playing. I have a lot of free time and it allows me to keep up with my practices on electric guitar. I love playing guitar. Its the perfect medicine for whatever stressful situation I am going through. Although I am here for classical guitar, that will never replace electric in my life. I’ve always connected with the chaotic, “out of control” style of lead guitar and it truly speaks to me in a way that nothing else in my life ever has. I hope to take what I learn here at Rowan and apply it to my music and become a better artist and musician.
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Story by: Luke Altman, sophomore classical performance major
Photography by: Vanessa Vause, senior public relations, advertising & theatre major