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!

Posted on November 8, 2019

First Quarter Music Update

It’s been a great first quarter of music class!

Students in Kindergarten have been discovering their different voices: speaking, singing, whispering, shouting, silly, and even their inner thinking voice. We have also been exploring movement, starting with moving vs. stopping, whole body vs. body parts, and traveling vs. stationary.

First and second graders have been engaging their head voice for tuneful singing and matching the steady beat while listening to a piece of music. Students also enjoyed music stations where they had a chance to play digital keyboards, read some of their favorite Songtale books, practice simple rhythm writing, and discover notes on a staff.

Third, fourth, and fifth graders as well as Montessori students have been playing the ukulele. Ukuleles are smaller and have fewer strings than the guitar, making them perfect for smaller hands. They also cost less than a guitar and are small and easy to carry. Each grade has been working on different skills, including proper ukulele posture, the difference between fingerpicking and strumming, and learning chords.

Be sure to mark your calendar for our winter concert on Thursday, December 12 at 1:00pm. We look forward to sharing our hard work with you. 

The mission of the Helena Public School Music Department is to create meaningful, memorable, and diverse musical experiences in a physically and emotionally safe environment that fosters artistic creativity. 

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
  • Orff Schulwerk Level 2

Education

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

Professional Affiliations

Kindergarten

When does my student have music?

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

Christmas, Don’t Be Late

Christmas, Christmas time is near
Time for toys and time for cheer
We’ve been good but we can’t last
Hurry Christmas, hurry fast

Want a plane that loops the loop
Me, I want a hula hoop
We can hardly stand the wait
Please Christmas, don’t be late

Silver and Gold

Silver and Gold, Silver and Gold
Everyone wishes for Silver and Gold
How do you measure its worth?
Just by the pleasure it gives here on Earth

Silver and Gold, Silver and Gold
means so much more when I see
Silver and Gold decorations on every Christmas tree

Silver and Gold, Silver and Gold
Everyone wishes for Silver and Gold

interlude

Silver and Gold, Silver and Gold
means so much more when I see
Silver and Gold decorations on every Christmas tree

Somewhere in My Memory

K, 2, 4R, 4/5J: Candles in the window,
shadows painting the ceiling,
1, 3, 5H, MCF, MLK, MN: gazing at the fire glow,
feeling that gingerbread feeling.
All: Precious moments,
special people,
happy faces,
I can see.

Somewhere in my mem’ry,
Special friends all around me,
living in my mem’ry,
all of the music,
all of the magic,
all of my friends are
right here with me.

Somewhere in my mem’ry,
Special friends all around me,
living in my mem’ry,
all of the music,
all of the magic,
all of my friends are
right here with me.
With me.
With me.
In my memory.

First Grade

When does my student have music?

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

We are Santa’s Elves

Ho ho ho
Ho ho ho
We are Santa’s elves.

We are Santa’s elves
Filling Santa’s shelves
With a toy
For each girl and boy.
Oh, we are Santa’s elves

We work hard all day
But our work is play
Dolls we try out
See if they cry out.
We are Santa’s elves

We’ve a special job each year
We don’t like to brag
Christmas Eve we always
Fill Santa’s bag.

Santa knows who’s good
Do the things you should
And we bet you
He won’t forget you.
We are Santa’s elves

Ho ho ho. Ho ho ho
We are Santa’s elves
Ho Ho!

Count Your Blessings

When I’m worried and I can’t sleep
I count my blessings instead of sheep
And I fall asleep counting my blessings

When my bankroll is getting small
I think of when I have none at all
And I fall asleep counting my blessings

Small Group:
I think about a nursery and I picture curly heads
And one by one I count them as they slumber in their beds

When I’m worried and I can’t sleep
I count my blessings instead of sheep
And I fall asleep counting my blessings

Somewhere in My Memory

K, 2, 4R, 4/5J: Candles in the window,
shadows painting the ceiling,
1, 3, 5H, MCF, MLK, MN: gazing at the fire glow,
feeling that gingerbread feeling.
All: Precious moments,
special people,
happy faces,
I can see.

Somewhere in my mem’ry,
Special friends all around me,
living in my mem’ry,
all of the music,
all of the magic,
all of my friends are
right here with me.

Somewhere in my mem’ry,
Special friends all around me,
living in my mem’ry,
all of the music,
all of the magic,
all of my friends are
right here with me.
With me.
With me.
In my memory.

Second Grade

When does my student have music?

  • Mrs. Komac’s Class: Monday, Thursday

Frosty the Snowman

Frosty the Snowman was a jolly happy soul
With a corncob pipe and a button nose
and two eyes made out of coal
Frosty the Snowman was a fairytale they say
He was made of snow but the children know
how he came to life one day

There must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found
For when they placed it on his head he began to dance around

Frosty the snowman was alive as he could be
And the children say he could laugh and play
Just the same as you and me

Frosty the snowman knew the sun was hot that day
So he said, “Let’s run and we’ll have some fun,
now before I melt away.”
Down to the village with a broomstick in his hand,
Running here and there all around the square saying
“Catch me if you can!”

He led them down the streets of town right to the traffic cop
and he only paused a moment when he heard him holler “Stop!”

For Frosty the snowman had to hurry on his way
But he waved goodbye saying “Don’t you cry,
I’ll be back again some day!”

Thumpety thump thump
Thumpety thump thump
Look at Frosty go
Thumpety thump thump
Thumpety thump thump
Over the hills of snow

White Christmas

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten
and children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white

Somewhere in My Memory

K, 2, 4R, 4/5J: Candles in the window,
shadows painting the ceiling,
1, 3, 5H, MCF, MLK, MN: gazing at the fire glow,
feeling that gingerbread feeling.
All: Precious moments,
special people,
happy faces,
I can see.

Somewhere in my mem’ry,
Special friends all around me,
living in my mem’ry,
all of the music,
all of the magic,
all of my friends are
right here with me.

Somewhere in my mem’ry,
Special friends all around me,
living in my mem’ry,
all of the music,
all of the magic,
all of my friends are
right here with me.
With me.
With me.
In my memory.

Third Grade

When does my student have music?

  • Mr. Smith’s Class: Monday, Tuesday

One More Sleep ‘Til Christmas

There’s magic in the air this evening
Magic in the air
The world is at her best, you know
When people love and care

The promise of excitement is one the night will keep
After all there’s only one more sleep till Christmas

Interlude

The world has got a smile today
The world has got a glow
There’s no such thing as strangers
When a stranger says “Hello”

And everyone is family, we’re havin’ so much fun
After all there’s only one more sleep till Christmas

‘Tis the season to be jolly and joyous
With a burst of pleasure we feel it arrive
It’s a season when the saints can employ us
To spread the news about peace and to keep love alive

Interlude

There’s somethin’ in the wind today that’s good for everyone
Yes, faith is in our hearts today, we’re shinin’ like the sun
And everyone can feel it, the feelin’s runnin’ deep
After all there’s only one more sleep till Christmas
After all there’s only one more sleep till Christmas day

My Favorite Things

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things

When the dog bites, when the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad

Somewhere in My Memory

K, 2, 4R, 4/5J: Candles in the window,
shadows painting the ceiling,
1, 3, 5H, MCF, MLK, MN: gazing at the fire glow,
feeling that gingerbread feeling.
All: Precious moments,
special people,
happy faces,
I can see.

Somewhere in my mem’ry,
Special friends all around me,
living in my mem’ry,
all of the music,
all of the magic,
all of my friends are
right here with me.

Somewhere in my mem’ry,
Special friends all around me,
living in my mem’ry,
all of the music,
all of the magic,
all of my friends are
right here with me.
With me.
With me.
In my memory.

Primary Montessori

When does my student have music?

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

Blue Christmas

Here we go!

I’ll have a blue Christmas without you.
I’ll be so blue just thinkin’ about you.

Decorations of red
On a green Christmas tree.
Won’t be the same, dear,
If you’re not here with me.

And when those blue snowflakes
Start falling,
That’s when those blue
Memories start callin’.

You’ll be doin’ all right,
With your Christmas of white.
But I’ll, have a blue,
Blue blue blue Christmas.

Guitar solo
Dance break

I’ll have a blue Christmas without you.
I’ll be so blue just thinkin’ about you.

Decorations of red
On a green Christmas tree.
Well they won’t be the same, dear,
If you’re not here with me.

And when those blue snowflakes
Start falling,
That’s when those blue
Memories start callin’.

You’ll be doin’ all right,
With your Christmas of white.
But I’ll, have a blue,
Blue blue blue Christmas.

I’ll have a blue,
Blue Christmas.
Oh, so very blue!

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen,
Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen,
But do you recall the most famous reindeer of all?

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it
You would even say it glows
All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games

Then one foggy Christmas Eve,
Santa came to say
Rudolph with your nose so bright,
Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?
Then all the reindeer loved him,
And they shouted out with glee,
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
You’ll go down in history

Somewhere in My Memory

K, 2, 4R, 4/5J: Candles in the window,
shadows painting the ceiling,
1, 3, 5H, MCF, MLK, MN: gazing at the fire glow,
feeling that gingerbread feeling.
All: Precious moments,
special people,
happy faces,
I can see.

Somewhere in my mem’ry,
Special friends all around me,
living in my mem’ry,
all of the music,
all of the magic,
all of my friends are
right here with me.

Somewhere in my mem’ry,
Special friends all around me,
living in my mem’ry,
all of the music,
all of the magic,
all of my friends are
right here with me.
With me.
With me.
In my memory.

4R and 4/5J

When does my student have music?

  • Mrs. Robinson’s Class: Tuesday, Thursday
  • Mrs. Jenkins’ Class: Monday, Tuesday
  • Mr. Herzig’s Class: Tuesday, Thursday
  • Mr. Napoletano’s Class: Monday, Thursday

Playlist for Mrs. Jenkins’ and Mrs. Robinson’s Classes

Sparklejollytwinklejingley

There’s a saying we have up north
That helps us put our best foot forth:
“If you want to deck the halls for Mister C,
Make sure they’re sparkle jolly twinkle jingley!”

4/5J: When a room is gloomy and its atmosphere has called it quits,
4R:   Then you must remember that December is a time for glitz.
All:   Never stop until each limb on your Christmas tree
Is sparkle jolly twinkle jingley!
4/5J: Pick up ev’ry ornament that’s sitting, waiting on a shelf. (4R: Ahh)
4R:   While you’re busy decorating, why not decorate yourself? (4/5J: Ahh)
All:   Soon you’ll bring a smile to ev’ry person you see.
I’m sparkle-twinkle-jolly-what?
Mrs. Nyhof: Close enough!

And if you’re at a loss, remember the phrase
that says, “To thine own elf be true.”
For when it comes to Christmas displays,
Look inside and you’ll know what to do.

Put some cheery folderol on ev’ry wall and ev’ry nook.
Tinsel up each corner till it’s Christmas ev’rywhere you look.
Give the world a holiday that’s bright as can be.
Make it sparkle jolly twinkle jingley!

Wah-ah, wah wah wah wah

Put some cheery folderol on ev’ry wall and ev’ry nook.
Tinsel up each corner till it’s Christmas ev’rywhere you look.
Give the world a holiday that’s… bright as can be!
Make it sparkle jolly twinkle jingle shiny showy cheery kringle
Razzle dazzle ring-a-lingle! I can’t lie, it makes me tingle!
Sparkle jolly twinkle jingley!

Once Upon a December

Dancing bears, painted wings, things I almost remember.
And a song someone sings, once upon a December.

Someone holds me safe and warm.
Horses prance through a silver storm.
Figures dancing gracefully across my memory.

Ooo, ooo, mmm
Ah, ah, ah

Someone holds me safe and warm.
Horses prance through a silver storm.
Figures dancing gracefully across my memory.

Far away, long ago, glowing dim as an ember,
Things my heart used to know, things it yearns to remember…

And a song someone sings…
Once upon a December.

Somewhere in My Memory

K, 2, 4R, 4/5J: Candles in the window,
shadows painting the ceiling,
1, 3, 5H, MCF, MLK, MN: gazing at the fire glow,
feeling that gingerbread feeling.
All: Precious moments,
special people,
happy faces,
I can see.

Somewhere in my mem’ry,
Special friends all around me,
living in my mem’ry,
all of the music,
all of the magic,
all of my friends are
right here with me.

Somewhere in my mem’ry,
Special friends all around me,
living in my mem’ry,
all of the music,
all of the magic,
all of my friends are
right here with me.
With me.
With me.
In my memory.

5H and MN

When does my student have music?

  • Mrs. Robinson’s Class: Tuesday, Thursday
  • Mrs. Jenkins’ Class: Monday, Tuesday
  • Mr. Herzig’s Class: Tuesday, Thursday
  • Mr. Napoletano’s Class: Monday, Thursday

Playlist for Mr. Herzig’s and Mr. Napoletano’s Classes

A New Deal for Christmas

MN: I know the Depression’s depressing
5H: The carols are stilled, the stores aren’t filled

MN: And the windows are minus their dressing
5H: The children don’t grin, the Santas are thin

MN: And I’ve heard a terrible rumor: no goodwill, no cheer

ALL: But we’ll get a New Deal for Christmas this year

5H: The snowflakes are frightened of falling
MN: And oh, what a fix, no peppermint sticks!

5H: And all through the land folks are bawling
MN: And filled with despair ‘cause cupboards are bare

5H: But Santa’s got brand new assistants,
there’s nothing to fear

ALL: They’re bringing a New Deal for Christmas this year.

On Farley and Perkins, on Ickes and Wallace
On Morgenthau and Cummings, fill our pockets with dollars
On Roper and Swanson, get along Cordell Hull

5H: Get along, giddy up!
MN: Call your committee up
5H: Build every city up
ALL: Cheer every kiddy up
ALL: Fill every stocking with laughter
We haven’t got room for any more gloom

Let’s ring every bell from its rafter
And chime cross the land, tomorrow’s at hand

Those happy days that we were promised are finally here

We’re getting a new deal for Christmas
We’re getting a new deal for Christmas
We’re getting a new deal for Christmas
We’re getting a new deal for Christmas
We’re getting a new deal for Christmas
We’re getting a new deal for Christmas
We’re getting a new deal for Christmas
We’re getting a new deal for Christmas

This… year!

Christmas Canon

Introduction:
Merry Christmas
(The joy that he brings)

Part A:
This night we pray
Our lives will show
This dream he had
Each child still knows

Part B:
We are waiting
We have not forgotten
We are waiting
We have not forgotten

Part C:
On this night, on this night
On this very Christmas night

Somewhere in My Memory

K, 2, 4R, 4/5J: Candles in the window,
shadows painting the ceiling,
1, 3, 5H, MCF, MLK, MN: gazing at the fire glow,
feeling that gingerbread feeling.
All: Precious moments,
special people,
happy faces,
I can see.

Somewhere in my mem’ry,
Special friends all around me,
living in my mem’ry,
all of the music,
all of the magic,
all of my friends are
right here with me.

Somewhere in my mem’ry,
Special friends all around me,
living in my mem’ry,
all of the music,
all of the magic,
all of my friends are
right here with me.
With me.
With me.
In my memory.

Upcoming Events

  • December 12, 2019

    Winter Concert

Abby Nyhof's Schedule