Abby Nyhof

“Music is an essential part of everything we do. Like puppetry, music has an
abstract quality which speaks to a worldwide audience in a wonderful way that nourishes the soul.” – Jim Henson

Our 30-Year Plan:

  • In thirty years, every student will be able to sing Happy Birthday to a coworker or a lullaby to their child.
  • In thirty years, every student will be able to clap along at a sporting event or concert.
  • In thirty years, every student will be able to feel moved by the emotion in a beautiful piece of music.

In other words, every musician at Central School will be a Tuneful, Beatful, and Artful adult!

I am excited to be working with Mr. Rogge, a student teacher from Montana State University, from January 2 through February 16. Ask your student about what they’ve learned from Mr. Rogge!

Posted on March 6, 2018

Blues Poetry from 3rd Grade and Lower Montessori

We’ve got the blues!

Actually, we’ve been talking about the blues and blues poetry.

I said, Baby! Baby! Please don’t snore so loud.
Baby! Please! Please don’t snore so loud.
You jest a little bit o’ woman but you sound like a great big crowd.

Langston Hughes

Click here to listen to “Good Morning Blues” by Leadbelly.

The Annoying Little Brother Blues

I have something called a brother
I have something called a brother
I don’t like when we play with each other



The Birthday Blues

I don’t like birthdays
I don’t like birthdays
Sometimes I just call them shmerthdays



I forgot my shoe
I forgot my shoe
and then I took a poo!



Mom Tells Me to Go Outside Blues

Go outside!
Go outside!
But I want to stay inside.



Little Blues

I am stuck
I am stuck
with the luck.




Little Brother Blues

My little brother asked me to play
My little brother asked me to play
I said NO! Go away.



Pancake Blues

My mom won’t give me pancakes
My mom won’t give me pancakes
But my mom gave me a beefsteak.



Cats Falling from the Sky Blues

Why are cats falling?
Why are cats falling?
These cats are just mauling.



The Lava Rain Blues

I was eating guava
I was eating guava
When I got hit by lava



The Bath Water is Acid Blues

My bath smelled rancid
My bath smelled rancid
I got in and I got burned by acid



Unicorn Chasing Me Blues

A unicorn is chasing me with its horn
A unicorn is chasing me with its horn
Now it’s done, my clothes are torn



Sock Thief Blues

I’m trying to get ready for school but my cat stole my socks
I’m trying to get ready for school but my cat stole my socks
But my cat got a shock



Posted on January 22, 2018

News from Music Class (Second Quarter)

Holiday Performances

Thank you for sharing this quarter’s biggest accomplishment!
Public performances are pretty unique to the Arts- not many other subjects include performing in their state and national standards! Thank you to all who were able to attend our December performance. Preparations kept students at all grade levels busy this quarter. Central’s theme was “A Christmas Wish,” with songs about the presents Santa might bring us as well as our hopes and dreams for the world. Warren’s theme was “Snowflakes in the Air,” featuring songs about winter weather and the holiday season. I think my favorite part of these performances is the way they bring our entire school community together. I was so pleased with the hard work students put into rehearsing and how they overcame any nervousness to put on an excellent concert. Thank you for encouraging our young musicians! (By the way, video downloads are still available at the cost of $5.)

Greetings from the Student Teacher

My name is Brian Rogge. I have played violin for fourteen years, and I am completing my Bachelor of Music Education degree from MSU – Bozeman. I am student teaching with Mrs. Nyhof for seven weeks; then I will be at Helena and Capital High Schools for orchestra with Zach Harris.
After graduating in May, I hope to teach orchestra in a public school and teach violin lessons. My passion is showing students joy and fulfillment through music.

Sing, Say, Dance, Play

We experience music in a multitude of ways!
In lower grades, students focus primarily on three things in music class: singing in tune, keeping a steady beat, and the “art part”. The “art part” is all about expressing themselves creatively and finding the emotion in music.
In upper grades, students continue to master tuneful singing, steady beat, and artful expression while we add music literacy. Music literacy is a focus on reading and writing rhythms and melodies.
In music class, we explore the many aspects of music through singing, speaking, movement, and instrument playing. Ask your child about what they did in music class this week!

Items of Note:

  • Coming Soon: 4th and 5th grade students will tackle the recorder.
  • Music in Our Schools Month: Get ready to celebrate in the month of March!
  • Music Master: I just finished my Masters degree with my friend Miss Skogley from Broadwater!

01.18.18 Music Newsletter 2nd Quarter

Posted on December 8, 2017

A Christmas Wish

Please join us for the 2017 Winter Concert on Friday, December 15!

The program will be at Helena Middle School in the auditorium. The singing will begin at 1:00 pm.

Students will ride the bus to HMS from Central and will all return together after the program. No student will be released to their family from HMS.

Thank you for joining us for this special celebration!

About the Music Teacher

Abby Nyhof is originally from Michigan. She grew up in the greater Detroit area (go Tigers!) and attended Hope College in beautiful Holland, Michigan. She and her husband Phil briefly lived in South Dakota before moving to Helena in 2010. They have two rescue dogs: Takk and Fry.
  • Montana Teaching Certificate, K-12 Music
  • First Steps in Music Certification
  • Conversational Solfege Certification
  • Orff Schulwerk Level I


  • Bachelor of Music, Instrumental Music Education (Hope College)
  • Masters of Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Music Education (Montana State University)

Professional Affiliations


When does my student have music?

  • Ms. Loraas’ Class: Monday, Tuesday
  • Ms. Mitchell’s Class: Tuesday, Thursday


First Grade

When does my student have music?

  • Mrs. Bogner’s Class: Monday, Thursday
  • Ms. Blixt’s Class: Monday, Thursday


Second Grade

When does my student have music?

  • Mrs. Komac’s Class: Tuesday, Thursday
  • Ms. Ford’s Class: Tuesday, Thursday


Third Grade

When does my student have music?

  • Mrs. McNay’s Class: Monday, Tuesday
  • Mr. Smith’s Class: Monday, Thursday

Primary Montessori

When does my student have music?

  • Mrs. Casne-Fetz’s Class: Monday, Friday
  • Mrs. Kenney’s Class: Monday, Wednesday


Fourth Grade

When does my student have music?

  • Mrs. Robinson’s Class: Tuesday, Thursday
  • Mrs. Jenkins’ Class: Tuesday, Thursday


Fifth Grade and Upper Montessori

When does my student have music?

  • Mr. Herzig’s Class: Monday, Tuesday
  • Mr. Napoletano’s Class: Wednesday, Friday

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Abby Nyhof's Schedule

  • Wednesday, Friday

    Warren Elementary

  • Wednesday, Friday (2:15-3:15pm)

    Central Elementary

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (all day)

    Central Elementary