Faiza Alam is a Co-founder, COO and guitar instructor for Create More Music Studios. She has a Bachelor's of Music Degree with a Concentration in Guitar Performance and a Master’s of Business Administration from George Mason. Faiza has been teaching guitar, group music lessons, and band coaching for 7 years. She has worked with students of all ages and specializes in young child development. Faiza enjoys teaching and performing classical music, folk, rock and pop.
Faiza began playing guitar at the age of eleven. She studied classical guitar under Hart Wells and Larry Snitzler, student of Andres Segovia. She has learned from world renowned guitarists such as Roland Dyens, Eleftheria Kotzia and Piotr Zeilinski. Upon receiving her B.M., she taught for numerous teaching schools and performed throughout the NOVA area. In 2013, Faiza decided to pursue a graduate degree in business with the belief that she could spread her love for music.
Steve Pae Ukulele, Guitar, Electric Bass, Drums, Piano
Co-Founder StevePae is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and recording engineer. Steve has been teaching guitar, drums, piano, ukulele, music theory, and songwriting for over ten years. He holds a Bachelor's of Music with a Concentration in Guitar Performance from George Mason University and Recording Arts Certification from the Omega School of Recording Arts.
Steve is great with students of all ages and abilities. He has experience teaching children with autism and ADD/ADHD. Steve enjoys teaching and performing classical music, folk, rock, jazz, and pop standards.
Mike Crawford Ukulele, Guitar
Mike Crawford is a Senior Classical Guitar Performance Major at George Mason University. Originally a jazz student under the tutelage of Rick Whitehead, Mike eventually had an opportunity to study with Larry Snitzler, former student of Andres Segovia, during which time he became inspired to pursue classical guitar.
Mike has worked and played with musicians of all genres and styles, including jazz, classical, rock, alternative, indie and folk music, and currently plays in two local rock bands. Mike has performed with the American Festival Pops Orchestra and The Kensington Arts Community Theatre among other groups. In addition to performing, Mike enjoys teaching guitar, ukelele, and music theory. Mike has worked with students of all ages and skill levels for the past 4 years. His aim is to not only help his students advance but also to inspire his students as his former guitar instructors have inspired him to love and pursue music.
Nick Lee Ukulele, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Bass
Nick Lee is a string instrument extraordinaire who teaches guitar, mandolin,electric bass and ukulele. He is currently in his senior year, pursuing a bachelors of music with a concentration in classical guitar performance at George Mason University where he studied with Larry Snitzler. Before attending George Mason, Nick was part of the music scene in Richmond, Virginia, where he played with a variety of local bands. He has performed at a variety of venues from solo recitals to restaurants and even music festivals. Despite a focus in classical guitar, he enjoys many genres including jazz, bluegrass, folk punk and rock.
For the past 3 years Nick has enjoyed teaching music in the Northern Virginia area. Although studying performance at school, he takes great pleasure in working with students to help them attain their personalized musical goals. As a student himself, he understands the importance of a good teacher and has developed a fun, demanding and malleable teaching style that caters to all kinds of students.