James Nufer

James N.

Mishawaka, IN
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Lesson Details

French Horn

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
French horn is my secondary instrument. I have spent a number of years practicing and have even had a few occasions to perform with it when trumpet is not needed. Anyone up to high school ability level is welcome to get in touch.
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James delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 2009

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 bachelor's and master's degrees in trumpet performance from Lawrence University and UW-Milwaukee, respectively. In addition to my private studio, I maintain an active teaching schedule with the Fairfield Jr/Sr High School marching band and Oregon Crusaders drum and bugle corps, as well as freelancing 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.

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Artist-in-Residence (trumpet)
Feb 2018 - Present
Clay High School (South Bend, IN)

Partnership between Clay High School and the South Bend Symphony

Adjunct instructor of trumpet
Feb 2017 - Present
Southwestern Michigan College

- Teach private lesson courses to trumpet players majoring in music
- Coach trumpet sections in concert and jazz ensembles

Freelance trumpet player
Jul 2016 - Present
South Bend, IN and surrounding region

Recent performances include:
- subbing with the South Bend Symphony
- lead trumpet, Lake Effect Jazz Big Band, St. Joseph, MI
- solo cornet, Southwestern Michigan College brass band

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 - Nov 2015
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


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Fellowship recepient
Jul 2011
Summer Brass Institute

Photos & Videos

At a dress rehearsal

Getting ready for a concert


53 Reviews

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Asmita T. Aug 20, 2018
Trumpet · Online

Sean Aug 7, 2018
Trumpet · Online

James did an excellent job teaching our 12 year old daughter how to improve her trumpet skills.

Lena D. Aug 5, 2018
Trumpet · Online

Sean Jun 20, 2018
Trumpet · Online

Jessica T. Mar 12, 2018
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Jazon B. Feb 12, 2018
Trumpet · Online

Asmita T. Feb 5, 2018
Trumpet · Online

Best instructor ever

Matthew S. Jan 19, 2018
French Horn · Online

James is outstanding. He is very personable, professional and is a talented musician and teacher. James was able to quickly build a rapport with our son and uses a sensible approach to developing him as a young musician. We feel lucky to have him as a teacher and i'd recommend him without hesitation.

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Kimberly Dec 7, 2017
Trumpet · Online

Thank you for helping me with my Trumpet.

Lisa L. Nov 12, 2017
French Horn · Online

Leah Nov 6, 2017
Trumpet · Online

he worked real good with the stuff i was having a problem with and helped me sound much better

Jessica Aug 16, 2017
Trumpet · Online

My daughter planned to join band at her high school for her junior year. She had not taken lessons in the past and we were concerned that she would be too far behind the other teens, and private lessons in the area were at inconvenient times.
Takelessons was the perfect solution for us. James was absolutely excellent as an instructor. He was patient, fun, talented, and inspiring. My daughter had never played trumpet before and in just 2 months she is able to play with the band and she is doing phenomenal! I highly recommend James!

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Hamid R. Jul 23, 2017
Trumpet · Online

James is a wonderful teacher: patient knowledgeable and methodical. I gained tremendous amount of knowledge and hands on experience through his lessons. He is perfect for students of any age, highly recommended.

Asmita T. Jul 17, 2017
Trumpet · Online


Jessica T. Jul 10, 2017
Trumpet · Online

Genevieve Jun 10, 2017
Trumpet · Online

James has been an awesome teacher for my son. He has helped my son have expanded range on the trumpet and has helped him with his technical abilities. James worked with both my son's assigned music from band and worked to find more fun and creative music to play. I highly recommend James!

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Jessica Jun 7, 2017
Trumpet · Online

VERY good teacher. Patient and kind as well as very understanding. I get very embarrassed when people try to teach me things, but James makes me feel very comfortable with learning how to play. :-)

Cathy S. Jun 7, 2017
Trumpet · Online

Connor L. Jun 6, 2017
Trumpet · Online

My son is having an excellent experience with James. What a talented guy. He not only is providing instruction but also inspiration to get better. My son hit a high C in his lesson the other day and sent me a text. A very rare occurrence :)

Kimberly Jun 1, 2017
Trumpet · Online

Jessica May 31, 2017
Trumpet · Online

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!

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Asmita T. May 22, 2017
Trumpet · Online


Donald May 14, 2017
Trumpet · Online

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!! :)

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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
Trumpet · Online

Lisa M. May 1, 2017
Trumpet · Online

Asmita T. Apr 24, 2017
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Asmita T. Apr 20, 2017
Trumpet · Online

the best teacher ever

Asmita T. Apr 10, 2017
Trumpet · Online

one of the most fun instructors ever

Asmita T. Apr 3, 2017
Trumpet · Online

James is an excellent instructor. He is always willing to work with us. He is an enthusiastic teacher and makes sure my son is engaged. I whole heartedly endorse him.

Asmita T. Mar 27, 2017
Trumpet · Online

very nice with a positive attitude and a lot of patients

Asmita T. Mar 20, 2017
Trumpet · Online


Om T. Feb 27, 2017
Trumpet · Online

Om really liked Mr James. Thanks

Asmita T. Feb 27, 2017
Trumpet · Online

Very good personality

Odin M. Feb 22, 2017
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
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!

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Lisa L. Jan 29, 2017
French Horn · Online

Emily Jan 26, 2017
Trumpet · Online

Jessica T. Jan 5, 2017
Trumpet · Online

Hamid R. Dec 20, 2016
Trumpet · Online

Great teacher, patient, enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

Trenton T. Dec 16, 2016
Trumpet · Online

Trenton's first session was fun and motivated him to learn more about his instrument.

Hamid R. Nov 22, 2016
Trumpet · Online

Kyle Nov 20, 2016
Trumpet · Online

James is awesome!

Genevieve Nov 6, 2016
Trumpet · Online

Pam H. May 17, 2016
Trumpet · In studio

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

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+++

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Dan Feb 10, 2016

James is knowledgeable and affable. Absolutely recommend!

Dan Sep 18, 2015
Trumpet · In studio

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

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

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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