1901 - 1921
Alfred Franz Adolf Ehrhardt is born on 5 March, 1901 in Triptis/Thuringia (Germany). His mother kindles her son's interest in music by her passion for piano playing. He attends elementary school in Triptis, secondary school in Weida and finishes grammar school in Gera. Graduating in music from the Seminar Weissenfels qualifies him to work as an organist.
Ehrhardt is exempted from military service because he is suffering from a kidney disease.
1922 - 1924
Singing lessons at the Birkenhainschule in Gera. Ehrhardt performs several organ concerts in northern Germany. To express his deep admiration for Bach, he adopts the first name of Bach's eldest son "Friedemann". Studies fine arts in Gera and Hamburg.
1924 - 1930
Works as instructor at the country reformatory of reform educationalist Dr. Max Bondy in Marienau/Dahlenburg near Lüneburg (before 1929 Gandersheim in the Harz). Ehrhardt teaches art, music, gymnastics and athletics. In the spirit of Rudolf von Laban, the "father" of European modern dance, he teaches dance as an art form and starts a "movement choir" with some of his pupils, following the example of Mary Wigman. In 1926/27 he paints the crypt of the convent church of Lamspringe, which later gets painted over on order of the National Socialists.