Tina Huynh, Assistant Professor of Music Education

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 NafME and ECMMA

Huynh is author of The Vietnamese Children’s Songbook (unpublished), a compilation of ten popular Vietnamese children’s songs and cultural practices. Her upcoming film, Songs of Little Saigon (First Light Productions), about the resilience of eight Vietnamese American refugee musicians throughout Orange County, California, is slated for completion in December 2019. 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”.

She holds a D.M.A. and M.M. in Music Teaching and Learning from the University of Southern California and a B.M. in Music Education and B.A. in French from California State University, Long Beach. Huynh is a Kodály certified music educator.


Ilari, B., Helfter, S., Huynh, T. (2019). 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)

Tina A. Huynh

School of Music and School of Education
Assistant Professor

Music Education

Music in Early and Middle Childhood
Cultural Diversity
World Music Education
Music in Vietnamese American Communities