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.