Tina Huynh

Tina Huynh

Assistant Professor, School of Music

(On Leave Fall 2024)

Tina A. Huynh teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in elementary and secondary music education. Her interests lie at the intersection of music in early and middle childhood and cultural diversity. She has led workshops on the inclusion of Vietnamese children's music in the American classroom at CASMEC and CMEA Southwestern Section and presented her research on musical childhoods and family values in the Vietnamese American home at AIRS (Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing), NafME and ECMMA. Her recent conferences at NAfME (2021) and the Association for Black Women Band Directors (2021) centered on student-led gamification in music education. Huynh is part of the Palmer Research Group whose research focuses on culturally relevant and responsive teaching in music education.

Dr. Huynh is author of The Vietnamese Children’s Songbook (unpublished), a compilation of ten popular Vietnamese children’s songs and cultural practices. Her film, Songs of Little Saigon (2021) (First Light Productions), about the resilience of eight Vietnamese American refugee musicians throughout Orange County, California, has won 12 awards and recognitions from national and international film festivals. Including Exceptional Merit awards for documentary and musical score at the Docs Without Borders Film Festival, best documentary at the Asian Film Festival Los Angeles, and official selection at the Viet Film Fest 2021. She is the Project Scholar for the Tacoma Refugee Choir, “a non-auditioned choir united by the plight of refugees and the conviction that everyone has a voice to contribute”. Huynh is a Kodály and Smithsonian Folkways World Music Pedagogy certified educator.



Palmer, E., Vodicka, J., Huynh, T., D’Alexander. C., and Crawford L. (2021). “Grounded framework for culturally relevant and responsive music teaching”. Update: Research in Music Education

Ilari, B., Helfter, S., Huynh, T., Bowmer, A., Mason, K., Knight, J., Graham, W. (2021) “Musical activities, prosocial behaviors, and executive function skills of Kindergarten children”. Music & Science. doi: 10.1177/20592043211054829/ ID: MNS-20-0004.R2

Ilari, B., Helfter, S., Huynh, T. (2020). Associations between musical participation and young children’s prosocial behaviors. Journal of Research in Music Education.

Huynh, T. (2016). Cultural preservation through childhood songs: The Vietnamese American lens. Perspectives: Journal of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, 11(4), 17-22. (now known as the International Journal of Early Childhood Music)


BA Calif State University Long Beach 2005
BM Calif State University Long Beach 2005
MM University of Southern California 2014
DMA University of Southern California 2019

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