Tina Huỳnh is a music educator with over 20 years of experience teaching general music, instrumental and choral music in private, public, and studio settings. She discovered a love for music at a young age through the Vietnamese songs her parents used to sing to her, such as “Con Mèo” and “Trông Kìa Con Voi”, as well as American children’s music books with accompaniment tapes such as the Wee Sing series. Beginning piano lessons at age six, she also learned the flute and saxophone. Tina earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education, Bachelor of Arts in French and California Teaching Credential in K-12 Music from California State University Long Beach, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Music Education from the University of Southern California. Tina is currently Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA.
The book features sheet music for each of the ten songs, along with Vietnamese lyrics and English translations, and colorful illustrations throughout that depict the story of each song. All songs are arranged in child-friendly singable keys, and playable for beginning instrumentalists as well. It also features select children’s traditions, such as the Mid-Autumn Harvest Moon Festival, the moon cakes eaten and games that children partake in during this time, including how to make a lantern for the festival. A Vietnamese pronunciation guide along with common Vietnamese phrases are included in the book for the beginning Vietnamese language learner. The music that accompanies the book includes full length recordings of the songs, speaking practice tracks, and spoken examples of Vietnamese phrases from the book. Parents, children, educators, and librarians will find this book useful and enjoyable for years to come. This book, along with a separate Teacher’s Guide, will be available through F-Flat Books in April 2023. The website vietchildrenssongs.com will be available as a supplemental resource as well.