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!

 

Listen to our Christmas program songs for this year!

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.

Certification

  • Montana Teaching Certificate, K-12 Music
  • First Steps in Music Certification
  • Conversational Solfege Certification
  • Orff Schulwerk Level I

Education

  • Hope College, Holland MI: May 2007
  • Bachelor of Music, Instrumental Music Education

Professional Affiliations

Kindergarten

When does my student have music?

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

Mail Myself to You

I’m a-gonna wrap myself in paper, I’m gonna daub myself with glue,
Stick some stamps on tap of my head, I’m gonna mail myself to you

I’m gonna tie me up in a red string, I’m gonna tie blue ribbons, too
I’m gonna climb up in my mailbox, I’m gonna mail myself to you

When you see me in your mailbox, cut the string and let me out
Wash the glue off of my fingers, stick some bubblegum in my mouth

Take me out of my wrapping paper, wash the stamps off of my head
Pour me full of ice cream sodas, put me in my nice warm bed

Under the Tree

Under the tree, colorful pretty tree
Under the tree, I am so ready, see?

Red and green, blue and silver ribbon
Packages wrapped for cheerful giving

Under the tree, colorful pretty tree
Under the tree, I am so ready, see?

Gifts with bows, I know that I got one
I’ve been good, now I’m ready for fun

Under the tree, colorful pretty tree
Under the tree, I am so ready, see?

See? Ooh, shiny!

First Grade

When does my student have music?

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

All I Want for Christmas (is My Two Front Teeth)

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth,
my two front teeth, see my two front teeth!
Gee, if I could only have my two front teeth
then I could wish you merry Christmas!

It seems so long since I could say
“Sister Susie sitting on a thistle!”
Gosh oh gee, how happy I’d be
if I could only whistle!

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth,
my two front teeth, see my two front teeth!
Gee, if I could only have my two front teeth
then I could wish you merry Christmas!

Great Big Stars

Great big stars way up yonder
Great big stars way up yonder
Great big stars way up yonder
Oh my little soul’s gonna shine, shine
Oh my little soul’s gonna shine, shine

Star in the East, way up yonder
Star in the East, way up yonder
Star in the East, way up yonder
All around the world gonna shine, shine
All around the world gonna shine, shine

Second Grade

When does my student have music?

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

Some Things for Christmas

I want a snake for Christmas
All slippery and slimy and red;
I’ll take that snake for Christmas and make
A nice home in my sister’s bed

I want some mice for Christmas
As frisky and quick as can be
Won’t it be nice to uncage those mice
When mommy has ladies to tea?

I want some glue.
There’s lots I can do
With a little bit of glue
And a shoe!

I’m not asking much for Christmas
Just a snake and some mice
and some glue;
Just some mice and a snake
and some glue sure would make my dreams come true!

I want some worms for Christmas,
All ooey and gooey and wet;
Think of the squirms when Dad sees those worms in a dish of meatballs and spaghet’!

And if you please,
If you purty purty please
For my brother’s dungarees
Send me fleas!

I’m not asking much for Christmas
Just a snake and some mice
and some glue;
And some worms and some fleas, just a few things like these’d make my dreams come true!

I want a hole for Christmas
A hole that is deep as it’s wide;
When Mommy finds out what this song’s about, then I’ll have a good place to hide!

Peaceful

If I could do anything
I’d make the world all peaceful,
And everything would be all right, all right, and everyone would be so peaceful.

If I could do anything
I’d let all people do only happy things
That would be kind and good, and everyone would be so peaceful
Peaceful
Peaceful

If I could write the script, everyone would get along
If I could write the tune, everyone would sing my song, sing my song
And oh, it would be peaceful

Think of the world without any war
Think of the world at peace

If I could do anything,
I’d make the world all peaceful,
and everything would be all right, all right, and everyone would be so peaceful
Peaceful, peaceful, peaceful.

Third Grade

When does my student have music?

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

Nothing More

To be humble, to be kind.
It is the giving of a peace in your mind.
To a stranger, to a friend
To give in such a way that has no end

We are Love
We are One
We are how we treat each other when the day is done
We are Peace
We are War
We are how we treat each other and nothing more

To be bold, to be brave
It is the thinking that the heart can still be saved
And the darkness can come quick
The danger’s in the anger and the hanging on to it

We are Love
We are One
We are how we treat each other when the day is done
We are Peace
We are War
We are how we treat each other and nothing more

Tell me what it is that you see
A world that’s filled with endless possibilities?
Heroes don’t look like they used to, they look like you do

We are Love
We are One
We are how we treat each other when the day is done
We are Peace
We are War
We are how we treat each other and nothing more

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do
Don’t want a doll, no dinky tinker toy
I want a hippopotamus to play with and enjoy

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
I don’t think Santa Claus will mind, do you?
He won’t have to use a dirty chimney flue
Just bring him through the front door
That’s the easy thing to do

I can see me now on Christmas morning
Creeping down the stairs
Oh what joy, what surprise
When I open up my eyes
To see a hippo hero standing there

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do
No crocodiles, no rhinosauruses
I only like hippopotamuses
And hippopotamuses like me, too

Mom says a hippo, would eat me up but then
Teacher says a hippo is a vegetarian

There’s lots of room for him in our two-car garage
I’d feed him there and wash him there and give him his massage

I can see me now on Christmas morning
Creeping down the stairs
Oh what joy, what surprise
When I open up my eyes
To see a hippo hero standing there

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do
No crocodiles, or rhinosauruseses
I only likes hippopotamuseses
And hippopotamuses like me, too

Primary Montessori

When does my student have music?

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

A Puppy for Christmas

Oh S-A-N-T-A, don’t LOL at me, but I want something special under my tree.
Oh BTW, I know you’ll really try. All I want for Christmas is P-U-P-P-Y.
I want a puppy for Christmas, man’s best friend all of my own.
To love and to care for and always be there for, that’s all I want for Christmas.
Oh, give me a home where a puppy can roam, with a slipper or two I can chew.
I won’t be a pest, I will give it my best. Santa Claus, we are all begging you.
I want a home for Christmas; a place I can call my own.
To love and to care for, and always be there for; that’s all I want for Christmas.

Oh S-A-N-T-A, don’t LOL at me, but I want something special under my tree.
Oh BTW, I know you’ll really try. All I want for Christmas is P-U-P-P-Y.
Oh…
I want a puppy for Christmas;
man’s best friend all of my own.
To love and to care for and always be there for, that’s all I want, yes, that’s all I want
That’s all I want for Christmas

That’s all I want.

Light a Candle for Peace

Light a candle for peace, light a candle for love
Light a candle that shines all the way around the world
Light a candle for me, light a candle for you
That our wish for world peace will one day come true

Sing peace around the world
Sing peace around the world
Sing peace around the world
Sing peace around the world

Fourth Grade

When does my student have music?

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

Ugly Sweater

Sincerely, Christmas

Harmony and happiness for ev’ry living thing;
Children spreading joy and love with carols that they sing;
People showing that they care and spreading Christmas cheer;
That’s what I dream of sincerely.

Maybe we could look around and notice folks in need.
Ev’ryone could find a way to do a kindly deed.
No one has to be alone or live a life in fear; that’s what I long for sincerely this Christmas

Noel, noel, noel, sing out loud and clear.
Bring a world with Christmas love. This is all that I want for Christmas.

All I want is ev’ryone to love and do what’s right;
Pray for peace and harmony upon this silent night;
Families together now from far and some from near;
That’s what I wish for sincerely this Christmas.

Noel, noel, noel, sing out loud and clear.
Bring a world with Christmas love. This is all that I want for Christmas.

One more thing, dear Santa Claus, for whatever it is worth,
I want to ask if I could help spread love and peace on earth.
I know it’s a lot to ask, but dear Santa dear

That’s what I dream of, that’s what I long for,
that is what I wish for sincerely this Christmas.

Oo, oo, oo

Fifth Grade and Upper Montessori

When does my student have music?

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

Anything But a Tie

You can give me cufflinks or some slippers for my feet
Cologne or socks or garden tools or even something sweet
I wouldn’t mind a clever book, but Santa, I can’t lie
I don’t want another Christmas where I get another tie

Clip on, bow ties, bolo, I’ve got every shape and size
That one that looks like a fish is really quite a prize
I’ve one shaped like a parrot, and two like a guitar
You can’t wear hula dancers, doesn’t matter who you are

Santa, dear Santa, please hear my cry
Santa, dear Santa, I don’t need another tie

Did you really think I need a tie shaped like an ice cream cone?
And I can only wear that keyboard thing when I’m alone
There’s one so long it reaches from my chin down to my toes
One year I got a reindeer tie that lights up Rudolph’s nose

Santa, dear Santa, please hear my cry
Santa, dear Santa, I don’t need another tie

Just give me anything
Absolutely anything
Just give me anything… but… a… tie!

This is My Wish

Solo 1: This is my wish, my wish for the world:
that peace would find its way to every boy and girl

Solo 2: This is the time, the time for harmony.
Let love be the song that everybody sings.

Fill the air with joyful noise; ring the bells and raise your voice.
Let there be peace on earth! Let there be peace on earth!
Lift your light, let it shine. Shine, shine, shine!
Let there be peace on earth! Let there be peace on earth!

I hear the sweetest sound: the sound of hope to come.
Together we can bring goodwill to everyone.
Let it start with you. Let it start with me.
Let every nation rise to sing this melody!

Fill the air with joyful noise; ring the bells and raise your voice.
Let there be peace on earth! Let there be peace on earth!
Lift your light, let it shine. Shine, shine, shine!
Let there be peace on earth! Let there be peace on earth!

Oh…

Oh…

Fill the air with joyful noise; ring the bells and raise your voice.
Let there be peace on earth! Let there be peace on earth!
Lift your light, let it shine. Shine, shine, shine!
Let there be peace on earth! Let there be peace on earth!

Let there be peace… on… earth.

Abby Nyhof's Schedule

  • Wednesday, Friday

    Warren Elementary

  • Wednesday, Friday (2:15-3:15pm)

    Central Elementary

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (all day)

    Central Elementary