April 2018 Student of the Month - Owen Botkin

Congratulations to CCM's April 2018 Student of the Month Owin Botkin. Owen takes guitar lessons with Robert Miller at our Santa Clara location. Owen uses his guitar skills to bring joy to other people's lives by frequently performing in the community as you will read below. Keep up the great work Owen!

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Q: What is your name?
A: Owen Botkin
Q: How old are you?
A: 13
Q: In what city do you live?
A: San Jose
Q: How long have you been studying guitar?
A: 7 and a half years
Q: Who is your teacher?
A: Robert Miller
 

Q: What advice would you give to a guitar student just starting out?
A: Practice in a constant loop, because when you get out of practicing it’s a lot harder
Q: What piece or pieces do you look forward to playing someday?
A: The last piece in Book 9
Q: What is your favorite thing about playing guitar?
A: You’re playing a piece that someone else has written but you get to put your own spin on it. You get to express something. Also, it’s fun.
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Pasta or waffles. I don’t know which one.
Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: Something in the tech industry, like something computer science related
Q: What is your proudest musical moment?
A: The first song I ever played on the guitar
Q: Please tell us a little bit about the current project performing in retirement homes.
A: I go around to retirement homes and for 20 minutes or so I play classical guitar pieces for the residents. Sometimes a few people are there; sometimes there are about up to 30 people in the audience. I play pieces from Book 6 and 7. I introduce myself and each piece that I play. I hope that by playing music for residents that I’ve made someone’s day better.