Michael Fjerstad

certified private instructor

Mike Fjerstad is a performing and session guitarist and vocalist. He also writes, arranges, and produces music, and teaches guitar lessons in the Provo, UT area (soon to be South Bay Area/Silicon Valley, CA). With various groups he has shared the bill with Imagine Dragons, Brad Paisley, Neon Trees, Harry Connick Jr., Dierks Bentley, The Beach Boys, One Republic, Chris Slade (ACDC), Goo Goo Dolls, David Archuleta, Colt Ford, Joe Diffie, Brian McKnight, Diamond Rio, Sawyer Brown, Scotty McCreery, Chris Cagle, Jo Dee Messina, Emerson Drive, Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr, David Lee Roth, etc.), Asleep at the Wheel, Black Hawk, Restless Heart, Little Texas, John Michael Montgomery, Ronnie Dunn, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Darius Rucker, Tracey Lawrence, Phil Vassar, America, Gretchen Wilson, Chevy Metal, Creedence Clearwater Revisited etc.

Mike is the first call guitarist for event and party bands such as Groove Merchants, No Limits, and Drive Country Band that cater to high-profile private and corporate clients. Mike has performed for the likes of Nike, Mass Mutual, Bain Capital, Time Warner, Adobe, Microsoft, Canon, and others all over the United States, as well as in Canada, Mexico, Aruba, The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic, Italy, Monaco, France, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein! Some of Mike’s more notable recording credits include: Lindsey Stirling’s “Phantom of the Opera” medley, Artie Hemphill’s “Country Soul” album, Co-writing for KFaceTV’s “Star Wars Rap Battles Ep. 1 – Darth Vader vs Princess Leia,” Co-writing for Chance McKinney’s “Boys will be Boys,” and Work with his band Everything is Electric.

Teaching Style

Since no two people are exactly alike, Mike favors a highly customized, goal-oriented teaching approach. Mike communicates with each student to understand the individual's goals, strengths, weaknesses, learning style, and interests. Mike then tailors song/repertoire choices, technique exercises, and lessons in music theory to match the needs of the individual. Each element works together with the others towards the goal for the week, and each week's benchmark is part of a long term strategy to move past plateau's and reach the next level, whatever that may be for each student. All this must be done while enjoying the instrument and having fun! To this end, Mike is prepared to teach all skill levels in a wide variety of styles ranging through Rock, Jazz, Folk, Country, Pop, and Classical guitar.

Mike has a track record of helping students achieve their goals, from students who wish to learn to strum and sing, to those playing in rock bands and wanting to improve their guitar parts, to students auditioning for school jazz bands, and all the way up to preparations for University music school auditions. Whatever the scope, Mike helps students realize, articulate, and achieve their goals with guitar.