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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I specialize in Jazz Saxophone, but also am very fluent and familiar with the classical world as well. One huge plus that my saxophone students have is that I can accompany them on piano. This makes lessons in jazz improvisation much more effective. I focus on fundamental skills such as sight reading, technique, jazz and classical theory, improvisation and composition. I also make recordings for my students on request. I have worked with multiple wind ensembles and jazz bands in the past, and can help polish up ensemble music.

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Joey delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Joey Earnest is a Southern California musician and educator who specializes in keyboard, saxophone, composition, and production. In addition to teaching private music lessons, he teaches several rock and jazz history courses at Mesa College. He received a BM in Jazz Studies: Saxophone Performance from UC Irvine, an MM in Composition from San Diego State University, and an MA in Education from National University. Joey also produces and composes electro-acoustic music under the pseudonym, M_NKY. His compositions and improvisations are influenced by Jazz, European Classical, Experimental Electronic Music, Drum & Bass, Reggae, Rock, R & B, Hip-Hop, Indian Classical, Native American, Appalachian Folk, Afro-Cuban, and many more genres of music. Joey can be heard performing in and around San Diego with his band, The Munks.

Joey teaches music lessons for piano, saxophone, composition, and production. He has taught all levels and ages for over 10 years. Joey has been playing the saxophone and piano for over 20 years. In addition to working as an adjunct professor at Mesa College, Joey has coached saxophone at Westview and Mt. Carmel High School, and taught college level courses in electronic music and music production at SDSU. Joey has a very adaptable approach when he teaches. He understands that all students have very different learning styles and interests. His broad range of musical and educational training allows his students to learn many styles and genres of music while understanding fundamentals like theory and technique. Students will be empowered to hone their craft as an instrumentalist, composer, producer, artist, or all of the above.

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Saxophonist, Keyboardist, Composer
Apr 2017 - Present
The Music Munks

Provider of live music and entertainment.
Specializing in Jazz, Funk, Latin, and Rock.

Adjunct Professor
Aug 2016 - Present
San Diego Community College District: Mesa College

Teach courses in the history of rock music and the history of jazz.

Sep 2005 - Present
Earnest Sounds Music Studio

Personal music lessons in saxophone, piano, and more.
Music producer and composer.

Saxophone Section Coach
Sep 2016 - Jun 2017
Mt. Carmel High School

Coached the saxophone section at Mt. Carmel High School

Piano Instructor
Oct 2015 - Feb 2016
Innovations Academy

Taught digital technology based piano course to elementary school students

Jun 2015 - Sep 2015
UCSD: Jacob's School of Engineering

Taught a course in musical instrument design to advanced high school students at UCSD

Sep 2014 - May 2015
San Diego State University

Taught a college class at SDSU in electronic music and music production.

Saxophone Section Coach
Sep 2011 - Jun 2012
Westview High School

Coached Saxophone section at Westview High School

Lifeguard 1
Apr 2007 - Oct 2011
San Diego Fire Rescue

Junior Lifeguard Instructor
May 2011 - Aug 2011
San Diego Fire Rescue


Master of Arts in Education
Dec 2015 - Mar 2018
National University
Master of Music in Composition
Sep 2013 - May 2015
San Diego State University
Bachelor of Music In Jazz Studies and Saxophone Performance
Sep 2007 - Jun 2011
University of California, Irvine


Fluent / Native Proficiency


CSET: Music
Apr 2017
California Dept. of Education

Apr 2017
California Dept. of Education

Protools 101 Operator
Oct 2012


1st Place: Music Installment
Apr 2015
Arts Alive San Diego
Balanced Man Scholarship
Sep 2007
Sigma Phi Epsilon


Pi Kappa Lambda
May 2015

An American honor society for undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors of music. There are currently 205 active chapters and approximately 64,500 individual members.

Photos & Videos

Georgia on My Mind

Tenor Sax- Joey Earnest
Piano- John Paul Keene
Bass- Paul Jones
Drums- Jacob Wendt
Photo by Joey E.

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Earnest Sounds Music Studio Company Logo

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5 Reviews

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Aron May 26, 2016
Piano · In home

We love joey!!! He's a great teacher because he teaches the way that is right for the student. He comes to our house twice a week to teach our 5-year-old son, who wasn't particularly interested in learning the songs from the book, scales, etc, so Joey changed it up to make it fun for him by focusing on making up songs and improvising (while still sneaking in some of the technical stuff). Our son looks forward to his lessons so much! Joey is obviously a masterful pianist and could teach at any skill level.

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Latha May 20, 2016
Piano · Online

Joey is a gifted musician and even more gifted teacher. My 14 year old has been taking piano lessons with Joey for about eighteen months now. We lived in San Diego for a year and my son started in person with him for close to ten months. Joey's teaching style and connection with my son was so effective that we decided to continue lessons via Skype. My son is a highly gifted kid for whom lots of learning comes easily. Not so with music, but he is inspired and motivated by Joey. Joey's ability to meet the learner where they are and push them beyond their normal comfort zone is impressive. I am very, very glad that we found him. Joey's teaching style is engaging and encouraging while holding the learner accountable to practice, development, and growth. I wholeheartedly recommend him for both in person and online lessons.

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Nina Oct 8, 2015
Piano · In home

Joey has been teaching piano to our now 8 and 11 yo boys for more than a year. Although my kids aren't musical per say and don't tend to practice during the week, thanks to Joey their piano skills are impressive! Without ignoring the theory, Joey was able to adapt his teaching style to their personalities and has taught them to play their favorite songs. My younger son was so excited to to learn Fall out Boy's "Centuries" he would run to the piano to practice! Both boys are clearly proud of their accomplishments and love to show them off to their friends. Thank you Joey!

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Daniel T. Oct 5, 2015
Saxophone · In home

It is too early to make a conclusion about Joey's teaching style after just one lesson. But I love the way he communicated with my son, the way he explained thing and encouraged my son. He is very passionate about the instrument and the music. I hope we will be able to work out the schedule for our future lessons.

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Sue Jul 2, 2015
Piano · In home

We have been incredibly pleased with Joey. He teaches (and motivates) both of my young children who have completely different learning styles. Joey understands and adapts to them at each lesson. He sets consistent goals and expectations for progress each week but never loses sight of the concept that learning should be joyful. My kids have never protested that they have to take piano lessons and I attribute this to the fact that they really like working with Joey.

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