James Nufer

James N.

Mishawaka, IN

About James N.

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James teaches: Ages 5 and up
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Teaching since: September 2009
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Hello everyone! Please have a look around my profile and feel free to contact me. I have taught privately since 2009 and joined takelessons.com in 2014.

I strongly feel each student needs lesson goals tailored to what he or she wants to take away from music. Getting ready for a college performance degree, making it to state solo contest, surviving band music, or simply discovering the huge scope of music available to us these days are each worthy goals, but require different preparation. I will work with you to figure out where your interests lie and focus on those, first and foremost!

My education includes a bachelor's and master's degree in trumpet performance from Lawrence University and UW-Milwaukee, respectively. I just moved to the South Bend area in 2016 from Portland, OR, and have since started a new studio that has room for you to join! I also maintain an active teaching schedule with the Fairfield Jr/Sr High School marching band and Oregon Crusaders drum and bugle corps, as well as performing throughout Michiana.

Thanks for your time, and happy practicing!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I can provide: music stand, method books during lessons, recording equipment for lessons, tuner, metronome

Students should provide: instrument/mouthpiece, any other music they would like to play

*** Specialties ***
I have spent most of my playing time on classical (orchestral, chamber, and solo music), but also welcome students interested in jazz up to an intermediate level, especially if they have an interest in playing lead trumpet.

Photos and Videos

At a dress rehearsal


Brass instructor
May 2010 - Present
Oregon Crusaders drum and bugle corps

Teach general music concepts and brass specific performance practices to corps members ages 15 to 21.

Music and visual instructor
Aug 2005 - Present
Southridge High School marching band

Run music rehearsals with the wind players, provide individual music and visual feedback while marching.

Graduate teaching assistant
Aug 2009 - May 2011

Two-year appointment to teach studio lessons, trumpet fundamentals class for music education majors, and perform with the graduate brass quintet


Master of Music
Aug 2009 - May 2011
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Bachelor of Music
Sep 2005 - Jun 2009
Lawrence University

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Fellowship recepient
Jul 2011
Summer Brass Institute

32 Reviews on James N.

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Gabriel F. May 26, 2017
· Trumpet · Online Mr James is so friendly; he put us at ease instantly because my son was quite nervous. I appreciate the instant feedback (which is nearly impossible in his huge band class), because he knows what he did correctly, and he learns what he did wrong so he can correct it. I also appreciate his tips on listening to other trumpet players online so Gabe can get an idea in his head to strive for. Mr James also has a nice sense of humor, which is great because we are goofy people! ^.^ Even though my son is just in his first year of trumpet, we can see the places he'll go and the skills he has to look forward to. I definitely recommend this teacher!
Asmita T. May 22, 2017
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Donald May 14, 2017
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Emily May 9, 2017
· Trumpet · Online Happy National Teacher's Day James!!! Best instructor ever!! We are so grateful to have you share your time, thoughtfulness, and musical gifts and talents with our family. It's such a pleasure to have my son look forward to his lesson with you each week. He's learned so much in such a short period of time and is really having so much fun! Thank you for all you do!! :)
Robby S. May 8, 2017
· Trumpet · Online James is really helpful and fun to work with. I am quickly learning to play better and like my lessons with James.
Genevieve May 7, 2017
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Asmita T. Apr 24, 2017
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Asmita T. Apr 20, 2017
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Asmita T. Apr 10, 2017
· Trumpet · Online one of the most fun instructors ever
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