Instrumental Music (strings)

Mrs. Gehrmann

About me: Hi! I'm Mrs. Gehrmann. I'm a certified K-12 Music Teacher and I'm so excited for a new adventure teaching strings in Franklin Lakes. I previously taught Pre-K to Third Grade music for 9 years in a different Bergen County town, before spending a few years at home with my daughters. I love iced tea from Dunkin Donuts, all kinds of music, dogs, and funny jokes. My teaching philosophy is simple: I believe that all children can learn and that music exists to create joy. Come be joyful with me!

Where in the World is Mrs. Gehrmann?

Tuesday: Colonial Road School (morning)

Wednesday: FAMS (morning) and Woodside Avenue (afternoon)

Friday: FAMS (morning) and High Mountain Road (afternoon)

If you are considering buying your child's instrument, please read below for more information on choosing the right one.

VIOLIN and VIOLA

SPECS: All of the following violins and violas are to be carved top and back plates, not plywood. All violins and violas are to contain real purfling (layer of ebony/pear/ebony around the outer edges of the instrument), not painted pin striping. The instruments should have all ebony fittings – Pegs, fingerboard, tailpiece, nut, saddle, and end button. The instrument should contain four quality Wittner fine tuners that are installed or a Wittner tailpiece which has built in fine tuners.

Instruments should have a hand-carved bridge and all heights of strings should be correct when delivered. Strings for the violins should be Thomastik Dominant. Viola strings should be D’Addario Helicores.

The instrument outfit should also contain a Freistat/Boltaron Thermoplastic violin/viola case with aluminum valance and should contain a Glasser fiberglass bow, real horse hair and silver winding and grip.

Good Violin and Viola Brands: Eastman, Hoffman, Shen, Mueller

CELLO

SPECS: All of the following cellos are to be laminated*, plywood cellos. The cellos are to contain real purfling (layer of ebony/pear/ebony around the outer edges of the instrument), not painted pin striping.

The instruments should have all ebony fittings; fingerboard, tailpiece, nut, and saddle. The endpin should be in ebony or rosewood and the actual pin length should be at least 24” in length. The instrument should contain four quality Wittner fine tuners that are installed or a Wittner tailpiece which has built in fine tuners.

The instrument should have a hand carved bridge and the strings should be correct height when delivered. Strings for the cellos should be chosen from one of the following brands: D’Addario Helicore or Jargar.

All of the cello outfits should include a Cushy bag or Bobelock padded gig bags. These bags should have at least 1/2 inch padding in the front and back of bag. The bags should be made of a durable black nylon material with pockets to hold the bow, a pocket to hold the rosin and rock stop and a pocket on the back of the bag to hold music. The instrument/outfit should include a Glasser fiberglass cello bow with real horsehair, silver winding and grip.

Good Cello Brands: Shen, Eastman, Hoffman


  • Information compiled by Matthew Radspinner, String Specialist for the Williamsport Area School District.

Contact Information: mgehrmann@franklinlakes.k12.nj.us

Office Hours: Please e-mail Mrs. Gehrmann


"The District recognizes the importance of homework as part of the educational process and has adopted policy #6154 that establishes homework guidelines. Homework posted on this website is as up to date as practically possible, is subject to revision, and serves as a guide for students and parents." In music class, consistent practice at home is our homework!