Mike Christiansen is Professor Emeritus in the Music Department at Utah State University. He founded the guitar program at USU where he was Director of Guitar Studies for 39 years. In 1994, he was selected as Professor of The Year at Utah State University. In December of 2012, Mike was selected as a U.S. Carnegie Professor of the Year. In 2013, he was invited to be a TED speaker. Mike is currently co-owner of Consonus Music. He has authored/co-authored over 40 guitar instruction books and appears on hundreds of instruction videos. Mike has backed up many artists including: Glen Frey (Eagles), Jack Peterson, Natalie Cole, Alfie Boe, Take Six, Tommy Emmanuel, Sutton Foster, and Brian Stokes Mitchell.