James Nufer

James N.

Mishawaka, IN

About James N.

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James teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: September 2009
Last sign in: Yesterday


Hello everyone! Please have a look around my profile and feel free to contact me. I have taught privately since 2009 and just 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

*** Specialties ***
I have spent most of my playing time on classical (orchestral, chamber, and solo music), but would 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
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10 Reviews on James N.

Hamid R. Nov 22, 2016
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
Kyle Nov 20, 2016
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
James is awesome!
Genevieve Nov 6, 2016
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
Pam H. May 17, 2016
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
James was wonderful with my 12 year old. My son was truly a beginner in every way. James was able to help my child to get passed his shyness and embarrassment and play.
Logan Mar 16, 2016
French Horn · In studio
Verified Student
My son adores James! This young man is polite, funny and keeps Logan interested in playing the French Horn. We moved here recently from California and discovered that the school that my son would be going to does not offer a string program which is what he plays so he decided to pick up French Horn instead. Another student at the school had been trying to help teach him but she wasn't a very good tutor and he was getting frustrated. After just one lesson my son is feeling more confident in his abilities and learning the right technique to play the French Horn to make him successful. I also like that not only does James teach how to play the Horn, he also gets him interested in learning about others who play and just music in general. Amazing teacher A+++
Dan Feb 10, 2016
Verified Student
James is knowledgeable and affable. Absolutely recommend!
Dan Sep 18, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
Outstanding, knowledgeable instructor. Very personable and a positive approach. I went away with some solid advice and a much better feeling about my ability.
Lily C. Aug 5, 2015
French Horn · In home
Verified Student
James is an excellent and patient teacher. My daughter loves working with him and she is excited to practice what he has taught her after he leaves. Overall, James is very personable, kind and professional. I would recommend him to anyone!
Hilary Jul 10, 2015
French Horn · In home
James really took his time and explained everything to my daughter who is new to French Horn. He gave her perfect exercises to improve and stay on track until their next lesson.
James G. Mar 17, 2015
French Horn · In studio
Verified Student
James teaches our son (13) the horn. He is a true professional in his art and does a fantastic job in teaching it to others. He is knowledgeable in his craft and very patient in laying a solid foundation from which to build on. Our son learned more in his first 30 minute class about how to work on areas that were frustrating him, than the 1.5 years lost in band class. Thank you James for getting our son to start playing with confidence, and best yet enjoying his horn again!
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