Miss. Morgan Gerstmar (she/her)

Violin, Viola, Suzuki Early Childhood Education Teacher

Morgan Gerstmar (she/her)

SAA Member


Alhambra, CA
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Morgan Lee Gerstmar is a Los Angeles based violist/violinist, composer, and educator from Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in the Performer/Composer program from the California Institute of the Arts; a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience, Musical Studies and East Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Southern California, and precollege training from the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA. Her violin and viola teachers have included Lorenz Gamma, John Ziarko, and Donald McInnes. Morgan’s diverse careers in neuroscience and music have provided her with a unique method of teaching young violin and viola students. She has studied Suzuki Units 1-4 with Ed Sprunger, Units 5-8 with Ann Montzka Smelser, and Suzuki Early Childhood Education with Danette Warren Schuh. She is currently Director Designate of the Los Angeles Suzuki Institute and Secretary for the Santa Monica Bay branch of the Music Teacher’s Association of California.

As an educator, Morgan has extensive experience with organizations across Los Angeles County such as Young Musician’s Foundation, Elemental Music, Children’s Music Workshop, and the Westside Music Conservatory. Her students regularly receive the highest marks on the Royal Conservatory of Music and Certificate of Merit evaluations, and have won State Honors and National Gold Medals. They have also placed in several local competitions and won 1st place at the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest multiple years in a row. Many of her students participate yearly in the California Orchestra Directors Association and Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association’s Festival Orchestra. Her students regularly sit in concertmaster and principal seats in school and extracurricular youth orchestras including Los Angeles Youth Orchestra and Academy Philharmonic. Morgan is most proud of when her student’s make strides in their ability to play their instrument well, whatever success that brings them.

Morgan is accepting new students in-person in Alhambra, CA and online on Cape Cod, MA with the option for in-person summer lessons.