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
Last sign in: 3 days ago


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

21 Reviews on James N.

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Asmita T. Mar 27, 2017
Verified Student · Trumpet · Online
very nice with a positive attitude and a lot of patients
Asmita T. Mar 20, 2017
Verified Student · Trumpet · Online
Om T. Feb 27, 2017
Verified Student · Trumpet · Online
Om really liked Mr James. Thanks
Asmita T. Feb 27, 2017
Verified Student · Trumpet · Online
Very good personality
Odin M. Feb 22, 2017
Verified Student · Trumpet · Online
Son felt great and motivated after the lesson. James was thorough and did a follow up email with attachments. Overall fantastic experience!
Roman Jan 29, 2017
Verified Student · French Horn · Online
We have had 3 lesson so far. James has been on time, and stayed on a few min after. My son has enjoy the lesson then thinks that Band Class at School is going better! He send a summary afterward on what he need to work on before the next meeting.

Very positive experience! thanks!
Lisa L. Jan 29, 2017
Verified Student · French Horn · Online
Emily Jan 26, 2017
Verified Student · Trumpet · Online
Jessica T. Jan 5, 2017
Verified Student · Trumpet · Online
Hamid R. Dec 20, 2016
Verified Student · Trumpet · Online
Great teacher, patient, enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
James Nufer
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