Abby Nyhof

Mrs. Nyhof teaches music on Wednesday and Friday for second, third, and fourth graders.

Helena Music“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 Warren School will be a Tuneful, Beatful, and Artful adult!

Posted on February 5, 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 January 31, 2017

Music Class News

Video download instructions have been emailed to all who ordered. If you did not receive this information, please email me or call 406-324-1581. Thank you for your orders- we received enough to cover the cost of hiring the videographer, so I expect to be able to offer this service next year as well. Please let me know if you have any feedback about the download as opposed to a DVD.

Second Quarter Music Newsletter

Learning to Read Music
Just like English Language Arts, music literacy is a process.

At Central and Warren Schools, the formal process of learning to read music notation begins in third grade. We build the foundation in K-2 with strong musical literature and experiences, which helps to establish a musical vocabulary. In third grade and beyond, we turn our focus to rhythm syllables (and eventually pitch syllables) to help us read music notation.

  1. Decode: Students become familiar with rhythm or pitch syllables (think do-re-mi in the Sound of Music) and translate familiar songs.
  2. Read: Students connect their decoding abilities to visual symbols: quarter notes, eighth notes, etc.
  3. Write: Students move from reading rhythms to writing them and composing their own.

Why do we perform?
Performance is actually included in both state and national standards.

I hope you were able to attend our winter concert, despite the freezing cold weather. Performance preparations kept students at all grade levels busy this quarter. Public performances are pretty unique to the Arts- not many other subjects include performing in their national standards! The new national standards for the Arts were recently adapted for the state of Montana and these revisions were officially adopted by OPI last summer.

“#MU:Pr6.1: Perform expressively, with appropriate interpretation and technical accuracy, and in a manner appropriate to the audience and context.”

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.)

Folk Dancing Fun
Movement is an essential part of music education.

Throughout the year, students will learn several traditional folk dances. Here’s why:

  • It develops physical abilities and coordination.
  • It provides an outlet for active children and kinesthetic learners.
  • It teaches rhythm, repetition, sequencing, patterning, predictability, anticipation, musical cues, auditory discrimination, and counting.
  • It exposes children to dances and music from different countries as well as historical and social periods while showing connections between cultures, nations, and people. In short, it builds community!

View the entire music class newsletter here.

Posted on December 2, 2016

Check those backpacks!

Watch for notes coming home about the winter concert! There will be a prize for the first class to return 100% of their forms.

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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

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

Professional Affiliations

Second Grade

When does my student have music?

  • Mrs. Kimball’s Class: Wednesday, Friday at 8:40am
  • Mrs. Merritt’s Class: Wednesday, Friday at 9:10am
  • Mrs. Byrd’s Class: Wednesday, Friday at 9:40am

 

Third Grade

When does my student have music?

  • Mrs. Ford’s Class: Wednesday, Friday at 10:35am
  • Mrs. Madsen’s Class: Wednesday, Friday at 11:05am

Third grade is learning to play the ukulele!

Uke Links:
Jake Shimabukuro performs Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”
30 Day Ukulele Challenge from Bernadette Teaches Music (YouTube)

Fourth Grade

When does my student have music?

  • Mr. Cicero’s Class: Wednesday, Friday at 1:15pm
  • Mrs. Bonney’s Class: Wednesday, Friday at 1:45pm

Upcoming Events

  • December 20, 2018

    Winter Concert

Abby Nyhof's Schedule