Acumen Productions
Acumen Productions

Acumen Productions

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Introduction: The most important aspect of how I teach is focused around enjoying music and excitement for your instrument. I don't really teach to strict adherence to any specific system but instead I love helping people navigate their own path in playing an instrument or making music. Although some aspects of learning an instrument can be challenging, enjoyment of playing music is my number one priority. Music has been a lifelong passion and journey for me starting when with school band in the 3rd grade. I got my first guitar when I was in 5th grade and later on went to receive by B.A. in Music from UC Riverside in 2013. Just a year before that I received "Best Soundtrack" award from CMF 2012 an international film competition for college students. Since then I have been actively teaching and working as a producer/composer/mixer in Oakland and the greater Bay Area. If you're local to the area you may see me around at show or event - feel free to come say hi!

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Serves Oakland, CA

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7 years in business

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Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, value, and responsiveness.

Exceptional 5.0

5 reviews


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Krista K.
Nov 3, 2021
Stephen is an extraordinary music teacher! I’ve had such a positive experience with Acumen Productions so I thought I’d share with the community. Stephen is patient and communicative, and he meets you where you are whether you’re a beginner or advanced musician. With the help of his instruction, I’ve grown from a total beginner to playing in a band at local venues. At the start of our first meeting, he asked me what I was hoping to get out of guitar lessons, and he thoughtfully crafted a plan tailored to my personal goals as a learner. He’s helped inspire me as a musician, and I've also started taking online lessons with him in piano, bass, and music production. His teaching style is fun and engaging, and I highly recommend him to anyone who's considering lessons. Happy learning :)
Acumen Productions's reply
Thanks for the thoughtful review Krista! I'm happy to have helped out with your musical journey!
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Cetoile D.
2 weeks ago

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It was a pleasure working with Acumen. So patient and professional. We made incredible use for the hours we were working together. I’m excited to continue working with him!

Details: Singing only (pre-recorded instrumentals) • Pop • 26 - 44 years old • 1 track • 5 minutes or fewer

Acumen Productions's reply
Thanks for the kind words Cetoile - looking forward to working together again!
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Celia F.
Nov 12, 2021
I took a series of ukulele lessons from Stephen. He was very helpful, patient, and informative. He works with you and your goals to come up with personalized practice materials and a practice plan. I would definitely recommend Stephen as a teacher!
Acumen Productions's reply
Thank you Celia!
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Ben A.
Nov 29, 2021
Stephen was very professional, great with communication, and was dedicated to helping realize the recordings vision. The final tracks sounded amazing - would hire again!
Acumen Productions's reply
Thank you Ben! Pleasure working with you as always.
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Scott G.
Nov 6, 2021
Stephen is an extremely good piano teacher. I went from a complete novice to reading and playing complicated songs in no time. He is responsive to any questions I have and is one of the nicest teachers I have ever had. 10/10 would recommend!
Acumen Productions's reply
Thanks so much Scott!
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Stephen Fong


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I will normally quote an hourly rate for mixing and songwriting projects, but for lessons I charge in blocks of 4 at a time for the following time blocks: 4x60 minute = $300 4x45 minute = $220 4x30 minute = $150

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    With new clients and students the most important thing is figuring out their goals and where they want to go. That might be learning a particular song, or creating a series of songs, but I try to figure out what is most important and then what experience they may already have so we can start in an area that will keep the highest interest in their lesson/project.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    20+ of years of guitar playing and along the way have picked up a few instruments such as piano, bass, as well as DAWs and synthesizers. Graduated with a B.A. in Music from UC Riverside in 2013 Received "Best Soundtrack" CMF award in 2012 Avid Certified Operator - Pro Tools 2018

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