Our Guitar Educators Idaho Music Academy

Johnny Butler

Johnny Butler has been playing guitar for over 15 years. He has studied with several teachers in many different genres, including rock, classical, modern finger style, blues, and metal. He performs regularly around the Boise area as a solo artist, and has been a member of several bands throughout the years. He enjoys teaching students of all ages and skill levels.

Johnny believes that learning to play the guitar is a very rewarding experience, and can help develop self-discipline and a strong work ethic.

Ian Velikoff

Ian is a performing singer/songwriter, guitarist, recording artist and teacher. He completed his Bachelor of Music with a music scholarship at the University of Montana in 2015, where he studied classical guitar and jazz under the instruction of Dr. Luis Millan. During his time there, Ian worked as a faculty member for the University’s Community School of Music. Ian taught a variety of students from multiple age groups and skill levels. Upon graduation, he continued to teach and perform throughout the Northwest.

In 2016 and 2017, Ian was awarded full scholarships to Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop and Festival where he performed and studied with guitar giants such as Dweezil Zappa, Shane Theriot, Julian Lage, Brent Mason, Mike Stern, James Hogan and Chris Eldridge.

Ian currently resides in Boise and is active in the community as a performer and educator. He enjoys teaching all ages and skill levels and is fluent in classical, jazz, rock, blues, acoustic, and folk genres. Ian hopes to pass his love of music down to his students and provide the best education possible.

Dennis Feeney

Bassist, Songwriter, & Singer
Website: www.feeneymusic.com
Phone: 301-793-6873
Email: dennisfeeney@feeneymusic.com

Dennis started studying bass, music theory and songwriting at the age of 14 (nearly 40 years ago). He’s played bass in high school and college jazz bands, studied bass and music theory at the University of Wyoming, completed the Basslines workshop at the Berklee College of Music, and currently takes lessons from bassist Nathan East.

He has performed professionally in Wyoming along the front-range of Colorado, the East Coast including performances in Washington DC, Philadelphia PA, & New York City, and most recently in the Treasure Valley of Idaho.

Dennis has recorded four professional albums of original music. He’s passionate about performing, composing and teaching music. You’ll learn proper technique, theory, scales, chords, reading music and studying compositions from master bassists.

Call today to schedule your first lesson!

Antonio Vazquez

Antonio Vazquez is a student at Boise State University seeking a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. He has spent some time studying classical guitar with Jake Ineck the winner of the Northwest Guitar Festival in 2007 and is currently working closely with Dr. Ryan Nitz who has obtained a Doctorate in Classical Guitar. With his roots in blues guitar, Antonio will be able to teach you the techniques of rock, blues, simple jazz, pop, and classical music. He has been playing guitar for over 10 years and has a unique soulful passion for music and music education. He enjoys teaching students of all ages, simply anyone who has true desire to learn music, and in his spare time enjoys writing and learning more about music. Antonio will be able to provide and build on foundational and intermediate guitar techniques, scales, modes, sight reading ability, tablature use, chords and more! Throughout these lessons we will develop a strong foundation that will transfer to any style of playing! He believes that anyone with a passion can learn and love the guitar.